Book Review – Thornhill by Pam Smy

★★★★ 4 Stars

Thornhill, in which the past and present are webbed together in faded cruelties and a loneliness that runs deep to the heart.
A beautiful, but more tragic than terrifying sort of ghost story where atmos clings like the mist behind the rain.

The past is told in the form of a diary, the present in the form of images – a girl, Ella, moves into a house in 2017 with a view of the ruins of an orphanage across the fence, which keeps the forgotten story of a girl, Mary, who lived there in the 1980’s.
Ella’s plot is more of a conduit into the supernatural side of Thornhill and its restless history, but Mary’s is where the true flesh and soul of the story lies.

Mary is the outcast and black sheep of the orphanage, but her unnamed tormentor and bully is the angel, who can do nothing wrong in anyone else’s eyes. No matter how she hurts Mary though, Mary never says a word and keeps solace in her attic room.
As the others leave the orphanage, the two are eventually alone, both forgotten and mistrusted, horribly warped by Thornhill.

In a way, a spiritual sequel to The Secret Garden, Thornhill is a haunting drama about children who made invisible by their loneliness.

Art – 5/5
Story – 4/5
Characterization – 4/5
General – 4/5

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