Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
From the beginning I loved little Edgar’s character, an eight year old albino. Edgar and his grandmother have a very special relationship. In the book, she is his care giver despite that fact that his mother also lives with them, but has agendas of her own. Lucy is scarred by her past and the traumatic death of her husband, is not much of a mother to Edgar. I was slow to read this book, but I felt like the characters were always waiting for me when I picked it back up again. The story want necessarily ‘slow’ but it seemed as if the author was in no hurry to tell the story, except in the end.
Unfortunately, Edgar’s grandmother passes away. Shortly there after, Edgar is kidnapped in a strange way, but you have to read the book to understands Edgar’s characteristics to understand why it’s a tad strange. His kidnapper, a father who’s son he had accidentally killed in a hunting accident, trying to fill a void I think, takes Edgar to his secluded cabin deep in the forest. Although most kidnappers you think of as terrorizing the ‘prisoner’, but this is not the case here. Edgar and the kidnapper form a relationship of sorts with both characters realizing their own life’s paths aren’t always going to paved in gold, some times it’s a ‘sugar sand road’.
This book is a journey although hard to describe, it’s a book with a story line that I can guarantee you’ve never experienced before. At some points it was confusing but with some of the characters dealing with mental health issues, you eventually come full circle to understanding it’s depths. I was surprised that perhaps it ended so neatly when there was so much to the different parts of the tale.