Mirror Books 12th May (E Book)
Nine-year-old Frankie Appleton likes to count gates.
One day she hopes to design the perfect gate – a gate to keep the bad things out.
Little does she know that the bad things have already got in.
Now her mother is dead, and the only other person with a house key has disappeared,
Frankie thinks she knows who it is.
But first she has to prove it.
I am delighted to be involved in the Blog Tour to celebrate the E Book Publication of The Weight of Small Things, thanks so much to Mel at Mirror Books for inviting me to be involved in this one and for sending me a proof copy of the book.
Honestly, the description didn’t really give me any sense of this book and that’s a thing with some books isn’t it? Until you jump in you have no idea what treasures are contained within its pages. And this book was an absolute delight, not a happy story mind, because Frankie is lost, or she has lost her mum and she is trying hard to find her way in her new world, living with her Grandmother, going to a new school and desperately missing her mother and needing to find out what happened to her.
The story is essentially the story of Frankie and her mum Peggy and it is told in the present time as Peggy dies but also in a ‘then’ format when we are introduced to Peggy as she meets Frankie’s father and becomes pregnant. We learn about Peggy’s childhood and her struggles as an adult with parenting, among many other things. Within the story there are a cast of other characters linked to Peggy and as I was reading I was a little unsure how they all linked in, nevertheless I enjoyed this supporting cast and their ‘sub stories’, but I was left satisfied when things did mostly come together at the conclusion.
The story is written in the third person narrative, but Frankie’s voice is strong throughout and the writing was reminiscent to me of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, although I think the main similarity was about the strong voice of a child. I also saw a comparison to Joanna Cannon and yes, Three Things About Elsie came to mind.
This story is sad, Frankie has lost her mum, but there is much more sadness in this book and it is a tale of people struggling through. There was a slight sinister or dark underbelly here and throughout the reader was reminded of Frankie’s vulnerability, but also her mum’s story was tough and very sad. But the book was charmingly written and somehow despite its distressing themes it remained very readable.
A mention of gates, because they keep things out and in Frankie’s world this is important keeping out what needs to be out and keeping those in safe. To sum up this was a read I am highly recommending, it was enjoyable, intriguing, clever, authentic and believable. I want to say uplifting as well in terms of Frankie and her strength and tenaciousness and ability to survive in a tough world. Availlable on E Book now. Link here to purchase from Amazon, (not an affiliate link).
This is a blog tour so a great opportunity to see what others are saying about this book.
About the Author
Julie Lancaster lives in Staffordshire where she was born. She worked in academic and public libraries – writing in her spare time. She has been a travel agent, a university admissions assistant and a volunteer counsellor. She loves true crime and crime fiction. This is her first novel.