‘Buk’ by Robin Bennett

My Review (5 stars out of 5)

Everything in Nancy’s life seems to be spiralling out of control – her parents are constantly arguing about the impending new baby and her mother’s illness, while her musician father is certain the family can’t afford another mouth to feed. Caught in the middle, Nancy begins to see things that shouldn’t be there, things that don’t exist…

This is the second book I’ve read by Robin Bennett (the first being Monster Max). In ‘Buk’ he weaves an imaginative tale where the story slides back and forth between reality and a fairy-tale world of dark forests and isolated towers. The writing and clever use of language make the book easy to read, with unexpected twists that throw the heroine into strange situations. The denouement, too, proved unexpected without being silly and made sense of everything leading up to that point.

A thought-provoking book that mixes the familiar with the strange in a clever and entertaining way.

NB I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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