Book Review: The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue
Keith Donohue writes about the fragility of memory in his not-so-faerie tale, The Stolen Child. The story follows Henry Day, a boy turned into a changeling after he's kidnapped, and the hobgoblin turned human that takes his place. As the two age and search for clues to their own identity, those around them fracture in response. Henry becomes Aniday and brings an element of missing, not to mention dangerous, humanity to the band of wildchildren that populate the woods. Alternately, his body thief works a slow transition into human experience through a mastery of the piano–a holdover from his own human past.
Owing as much to The Lord of The Flies as the Brother's Grimm,The Stolen Child fluidly covers guilt, loss, and love in a twining vine of a secret that spans centuries.
A fascinating debut, I look forward to Donohue's next effort.
The next book, Bitten by Kelley Armstrong, is the first for Urban Fantasy Month. Kockroach, which I'm still planning on reading is being shelved until April. Check back.