I finished Song Of The Psychopath late last night. Wow, what a read!
If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I have read every book, Mark Tilbury has published, and I have loved them all! Song Of The Psychopath is no exception. Awesome writing, as always!
This is no easy read, by any stretch of the imagination, from the point of view of the difficult and disturbing subject matter. The story centres around teenager, Tommy Scarlett, who had been missing from home for a year before being found with serious head injuries, leaving him unable to recall who he is, where he has been or what has happened to him during all that time. He has some extremely concerning scars also. Tommy suffers from severe depression and has lost all hope which is just heart-breaking to read. My heart went out to him. To his family too, who finally have Tommy back but not really. He doesn’t recognise any of them at all, or his friends, or anything about his life. I can’t even imagine. His Dad finds him a therapist in the hope of unlocking his memory and it starts to work. With what he has been through though, I’m not sure I would want to ever remember. There are other boys at risk though, and despicable excuses for human beings who need to be caught and brought to justice for their horrific crimes.
When things go from bad to worse, it seems there is no hope….
Harrowing doesn’t even begin to describe this story. However, Mark Tilbury always manages to captivate me with his writing. It’s quite hard to explain how he makes such horrifying subjects so readable, but he just does. If you have read his books before you will know what I mean. He treats the victims in his stories with such compassion and sensitivity you feel like you are right there with them, sharing their pain, and willing them to hold on to the hope of a brighter future. I was praying for a positive outcome for Tommy.
Many thanks to Mark Tilbury for my review copy.