4 out of 4 stars
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Phantom Siblings is a book written by Carolyn Taylor-Watts. It is an interesting fictional book with a bit of mystery. As the book is told in the first person, the focus is on one character.
The book is about Julian Whitely and his life. It starts with Julian and his wife on their thirtieth wedding anniversary. Pictures of their lives are on display, and he sees a picture of a girl he once knew. He loses himself for a moment which causes him to go down memory lane.
He thinks back to the time when he was in school. That is where he first saw and heard Lousie, the girl from the picture. He also remembers his mom and her obsession with her dead babies. Everywhere he goes, the memory of them is around. It seems that he is competing with them for his mom's love and attention. The real question is, will he get his moms attention? What will happen once he reminisces his time with Lousie? Is he going to regret the decisions he made in his life?
I liked it when the main character said he could see sounds. He could see Lousie's laugh, and he could see music when he pressed the piano keys. I thought that was beautiful. It adds to the point where the character has a musical gift. I also liked how the authors ended the book. I was not expecting anything drastic; however, I was left shocked but happy.
Unfortunately, the portrayal of teenage love took me off guard. I found it slightly odd at first, but I wish it was explained more in-depth. There were a few occasions I would have liked more description. I understand that the book is told from Julian's point of view. Therefore, this limits the information told to the reader.
Even though it was an enjoyable and short read, this took me a while to get through. Fortunately, the negative points are not drastic enough to give the book a low rating. Therefore, I give this book 4 out of 4 stars. This book is professionally edited, as I hardly noticed any errors.
I would recommend Phantom Siblings to people who enjoy books that focus on family. This book would be suitable for younger readers. However, they should be mature enough to know the topic of dead siblings is mentioned. It might be emotional for readers who have lost a sibling. Also, there isn't anything explicit in terms of content or even language
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