Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Review: Mr. Splitfoot
I have to confess that I read the first several chapters of this book with an intense feeling of discomfort. As a mom, my heart broke for these kids who were abandoned and abused and so desperate. I felt actual fear as grown-up Ruth led Cora on a journey of unknown length with an unknown destination. The book progressed and I found my fear changing into fascination as I followed Ruth and Nat and then Ruth and Cora.
This is a gothic novel with magic and mystery and wonderfully delicious "oh, now that makes sense" moments. Each storyline is fascinating in itself and they converge in the most unexpected ways. Mr. Splitfoot is unlike anything I have ever read, and I am so happy that I picked it up. It left me believing in both the creepy feeling when you are alone at night and the possibility of true magic.
By Samantha Hunt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt January 2016
From the library