NetGalley Review: A Guide for Murdered Children by Sarah Sparrow

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Title: A Guide for Murdered Children
Author: Sarah Sparrow
Published: March 20, 2018
Publisher: Penguin Group Blue Rider Press & Plume
Pages: 400
Genre: Mystery and Thriller
Review: ebook provided by NetGalley and Publisher
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 



We all say there is no justice in this world. But what if there really was? What if the souls of murdered children were able to return briefly to this world, inhabit adult bodies and wreak ultimate revenge on the monsters who had killed them, stolen their lives?
Such is the unfathomable mystery confronting ex-NYPD detective Willow Wylde, fresh out of rehab and finally able to find a job running a Cold Case squad in suburban Detroit. When the two rookie cops assigned to him take an obsessive interest in a decades old disappearance of a brother and sister, Willow begins to suspect something out of the ordinary is afoot. And when he uncovers a series of church basement AA-type meetings made up of the slain innocents, a new way of looking at life, death, murder and missed opportunities is revealed to him.
Mystical, harrowing and ultimately tremendously moving, A Guide for Murdered Children is a genre-busting, mind-bending twist on the fine line between the ordinary and the extraordinary.


I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.

So I was looking around on NetGalley and this cover called me to check it out! Pink and the title says A Guide for Murdered Children well I knew I needed to check out the blurb to see if it would be something good. 
It took me a good 54 to 60 percent into the book to actually get into it and start to truly understand what really was going on. We have adults who have died and children who have died take their place yet the adult who died is still there sort of. Though the child will get a moment of balance when they get the person who murdered them and pretty much will get the peace they deserve. I thought it was a neat idea. 

Though for some reason it just seem to drag on and there wasn't really anything cool or interesting happening until towards the end, where we learn that one person has two souls that have entered him and everything seems to come full circle. 

As far as characters go I didn't really get into them too much, Willow just didn't seem to be on point very much and was torn between being down on his luck, being friendly with his ex, to trying too solve a cold case. Yet there never seem to be much going on what they really had or actually interviewing people. 
It was kind of weird that the children would engage in adult behaviors while inhabiting the body of the adult yet I could understand why they were doing it to keep up appearances. 
These children are guided by a porter and follow a guide that gives them advice on how to take care of the body they are in, and what they should be doing. 
The changing of the characters names in the middle of paragraphs bothered me and I really had to pay attention to who was actually talking. Example being Maya would be talking then all of a sudden the name would switch to Lydia who is the adult that Maya took over. Not sure if the author was just reminding us that there were two people in the same mind frame or not, yet it sometimes was confusing. 
The author seems to have a good way of writing a story yet I feel as though she over did it with just way to much of different things trying to come together in one. 
I would have liked more backstory on the porters especially Annie because she seems like a mysterious being. 
Overall 2 stars, I think with a bit of polishing up this could be a good story to give out to the readers. 


Sarah Sparrow is a staunch advocate of healthy eating, fitness and clean living. She is into yoga, kickboxing, cycling and swimming. She is passionate about sharing her healthy lifestyle with others and have written several best selling Amazon ebooks about the Paleo Diet, juicing, Superfoods, losing weight and other health related topics.
Sarah lives in California with her beagle named Clouie.

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