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Orphan Choir
by Sophie Hannah
Order:  USA  Can
Picador, 2014 (2013)
Hardcover, Softcover, CD
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

There is no question that Sophie Hannah is a talented writer. That being said, though, this latest novel by the British novelist may not be for all readers. Louise Beeston, the narrator of this tale, is becoming totally unglued and you are given a ringside seat for the creepy proceedings.

It all begins with her talented son being sent off to a boarding school so that he can be part of an award winning boys' choir. Shortly after this traumatic event for Louise, she engages in a war with her neighbor over loud music.

The conflict escalates. Sophie and her husband purchase a second home out in the countryside away from their townhouse, but the music problem continues. Now, rather than rock music, Sophie is haunted by choral singing and she eventually sees the source of the music the orphan choir!

Frankly, this chilling story is rather unnerving and its ending is perhaps not unexpected but still packs a wallop. What's odd about this insane narrative is that as much as I was tempted to stop reading, I didn't! It exercised a strange hold on me that, in essence, demanded I finish what I had started.

If this sounds like your cup of tea, then give The Orphan Choir a try, but you can't say that you weren't warned.

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