I’ll pretty much read any book marketed as perfect for “fans of Neil Gaiman, Roald Dahl, and Edward Gorey.” It only took one line of the synopsis for me to want to read The Children’s Home by Charles Lambert.
After an accident leaves him horribly disfigured, Morgan Fletcher becomes a recluse. He spends his days on his sprawling estate in the English countryside, staying in his study and avoiding mirrors. Then one day, two children show up at the front door. Morgan takes them in, and gives them free reign of the mansion he shares with his housekeeper, Engel. Then more children begin to show up. When one of the children gets sick, Engel calls a doctor, who soon becomes Morgan’s sole friend and connection to the outside world. But as the doctor, and the strange children, begin to make bizarre discoveries within the mansion, it’s clear that something deeper is afoot.
This book started out really well! As soon as the children started to arrive, I was really curious to know more. I loved Morgan’s origin story – I think it was interesting and appropriately creepy. But somewhere in the middle, this book lost me. While it was beautifully written, the ending felt disconnected from the rest of the novel. It was kind of confusing, and I just didn’t like where this book ended up. Ultimately, I was just a bit disappointed with the ending, especially because I was very intrigued by the first half of the book.
The Children’s Home was released yesterday, so if you’re interested, you can pick up a copy here.
This book was provided to me by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.