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Literary Fiction | The String Games review | Gail Aldwin

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Last week I was honoured to have Gail Aldwin in my hot seat. You can read our interview here.

We’re sharing Laura’s thoughts today on debut novel The String Games. I think it’s fair to say this was a big hit for Laura!

The String Games by Gail Aldwin book cover.

When four-year-old Josh is abducted and murdered during a family holiday in France, Nim, aged ten, becomes an only child. To cope with the tragedy, Nim reinvents herself but continues to carry a burden of unresolved grief. As an adult, she returns to France determined to find out more about the circumstances of Josh’s death. How will she deal with this new information and what are the implications for her future?

The String Games by Gail Aldwin is published by Victorina Press (28th May 2019).

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I fell in love with this tale of grief and loss.

The String Games is compelling and wonderfully written. A story which will make any parent realise their worst fear of losing their child and sadly how easy it can happen.

The story begins in France with two mothers taking their three children combined on holiday. Unfortunately tragedy strikes as Josh, aged 4 is abducted and murdered. Nim, aged 10 was distraught at her younger brother’s disappearance and further chapters explores her grief as a teenager and adult.

I enjoyed this story having the young girl as the main protagonist and reading her viewpoint on their family disaster. As a teenager she reinvented herself as Imogen and as an adult decided to visit the same French town to find out what actually happened to her brother.

I found her chapters develop extremely well, portraying her feelings as she grew up. It was also interesting to hear her views on her mother’s grief.

A wonderful read and highly recommended.

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Author photo Gail Aldwin

Gail Aldwin is an award-winning writer based in Dorset. Her work includes Paisley Shirt, which was longlisted in the best short story category of the Saboteur Awards 2018, and adversaries/comrades a debut poetry pamphlet. Gail’s writing has been performed at fringe festivals in the South-West.

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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 9+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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