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Nancy never felt like she belonged. She longed for something more in her life. When a mysterious door opened for her, she walked into the world of the dead and never wanted to leave. She felt at home among the stillness and peace of the dead. She learned how to slow her body down, to be on the edge of death itself but still breathe. And yet when she has finally found her true home, she is sent back to the living world to decided whether to stay among the living or the dead.
To Nancy's parents, her story of living among the dead is a fantasy. Something told when the true horrors of kidnapping hide beneath myth and fiction. She is sent to Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children to recover. There she will find children just like her, castaways from fantastical worlds.
Seanan McGuire has created a beautifully dark novel filled with murder and mystery. Each child has their own story to tell. And some have darker secrets than others. I was glued to this book. Listening to it on audio, I put my headphones in whenever I could. While you won't learn about every child's back story, they all had a common element of something missing from their lives. I felt for each and every one of these children. The longing for acceptance and the desperation they felt struck me. If I had been in their shoes and I found my perfect world I certainly would never want to go back to the real one.
When I came to the end of this book I was left aching for more. I need to know more about these children and the worlds they discovered. I feel like I am one of them, grasping at straws trying to enter a world that I didn't want to leave. I can't wait to read the rest of this series!
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