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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Book Review: We Hear Voices by Evie Green

We Hear Voices
by Evie Green
December 1, 2020
384 pages
Publisher: Berkeley
ASIN: B083RZ1VBH ISBN: 9780593098301
An eerie debut about a little boy who recovers from a mysterious pandemic and inherits an imaginary friend who makes him do violent things...

Kids have imaginary friends. Rachel knows this. So, when her young son, Billy, miraculously recovers from a horrible flu that has proven fatal for many, she thinks nothing of Delfy, his new invisible friend. After all, her family is healthy and that's all that matters.

But soon Delfy is telling Billy what to do, and the boy is acting up and lashing out in ways he never has before. As Delfy's influence is growing stranger and more sinister by the day, and rising tensions threaten to tear Rachel's family apart, she clings to one purpose: to protect her children at any cost—even from themselves.
We Hear Voices is a gripping near-future horror novel that tests the fragility of family and the terrifying gray area between fear and love.

Billy caught the terrible flu that has caused a pandemic in futuristic London and the rest of the world. Then suddenly, one day, he recovers from it. Happy that her son has survived, Rachel doesn’t mind when he admits to a fantasy friend he calls Delfy. But soon, it appears Delfy is telling Billy to do things, harmless at first, but that grows into more sinister things. Like the many, many spiders he 
brings home from school in his lunchbox because Rachel said she wouldn’t mind dead spiders since she doesn’t care for them. Billy says he doesn’t like doing the things, and that is Delfy. Things got much worse from there. 

This science-fiction horror novel reveals the tensions and fragility of family, worried that their landlord may sell their home out from under them. Rachel, her boyfriend, and her teenage daughter get help for Bill from a doctor who is also having problems. He begins to wonder if Billy and the other affected children in his hospital are really going mad or more terrifying that maybe something is really talking to the children.

I give We Hear Voices 4 sheep

Reviewed by Pamela K. Kinney

About the Author:
Evie Green (Evie Green) is the horror author who lives in my head. She has been busy over the past few years. Her debut novel, WE HEAR VOICES, is going to be published by Berkley in the US in October 2020.

It’s the story of a little boy who recovers after a global flu epidemic. His mother, Rachel, is delighted with the imaginary friend who has appeared to help him get better. However, it turns out that the flu was just the beginning...

It has been an enormous amount of fun writing this, and the book went on a strange journey to publication before finding its perfect editor in the form of Jen Monroe at Berkley, in New York. I can't wait to send it out into the world.

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