Goodreads summary: In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother’s sudden death. Their father, a Ted Hughes scholar and scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness. In this moment of despair they are visited by Crow – antagonist, trickster, healer, babysitter. This self-described sentimental bird is attracted to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him. As weeks turn to months and physical pain of loss gives way to memories, this little unit of three begin to heal.
I really like the premise of this book, and I liked the style of writing, but there was something missing for me that I can’t quite put my finger on. I found myself just wanting to finish it already and read something else, even though it’s only 100 or so pages. I know it was adapted for stage and is going on tour next year, and I’d love to see it on stage because it think it would be incredible, especially with an actor like Cillian Murphy in the lead, but I just couldn’t get into it as a book. Despite that, I’d definitely like to read more from Max Porter.
Rating: 2 / 5 stars