Release Day: The Merman by Carl-Johan Vallgren
Nella and her brother Robert live an isolated and difficult life with their alcoholic mother and father in a small town on the west coast of Sweden. Robert is bullied at school for his learning difficulties, and in an attempt to protect him, Nella resorts to debt and petty crime to pay off his increasingly violent tormentors.
When she turns to her only schoolfriend Tommy for help, her suspicions are aroused by the mysterious comings and goings of his brothers at their dilapidated boat house. But when she uncovers the reason behind their enigmatic behaviour, her life is opened to the realities of a mindboggling secret.
The Merman is an exhilarating and beautiful book about sibling love and betrayal – and what happens when the mundane collides with the strange and wonderful.
“This book manages to pull off being a book about abuse and bullying and being an outsider on the one hand, and having a supernatural on the other … The Merman is painfully honest and open about crazy people” Read my review of The Merman