Sunday, 2 October 2011

The Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari Strachan **Review**

The Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari Strachan

Waterstone's synopsis:

Gwenni Morgan is not like any other girl in this small Welsh town. Inquisitive, bookish and full of spirit, she can fly in her sleep and loves playing detective. So when a neighbour mysteriously vanishes, and no one seems to be asking the right questions, Gwenni decides to conduct her own investigation. She records everything she sees and hears: but are her deductions correct? What is the real truth? And what will be the consequences of finding out, for Gwenni, her family and her community?

I absolutely adored this book! The first couple of chapters were a little awkward, learning to adjust to the Welsh names was a bit tricky - some being more difficult than others, but eventually it was easier to recognise the characters.
Gwenni was a fascinating character - a girl of just "12 and a half", and she was painted in such a realistic way that she was charming and heart-warming without being made-up as 'cute'. The other characters, even those who were no so central to the story, were also constructed so well that they simply walked off the pages and into reality.

The novel deals with some very real issues, some more terrible than others, and despite the serious connotations behind everything that Gwenni does in the novel, the Earth's hum is louder still. This novel shines with its own individual magic. Definitely a special read!

To download a preview of The Earth Hums in B Flat from Waterstone's, click here.


Colleen said...

This sounds really intriguing!

Pen to Paper said...

It's wonderful Colleen! Definitely a unique read!

Stephanie Verhaegen said...

Nice review. It sounds great! & love that cover.

Kim said...

Sounds like a book I would have devoured when I was younger! If I see it in my library though I'll definitely check it out :P I just have way to many books on my wishlist to add any more. lol.

Enbrethiliel said...


The premise sounds as fascinating as the title. I wish your review had gone into a bit more detail, though. For instance, would you say the story lived up to the title? And what does it mean, anyway?

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