The Vanishing of Margaret Small by Neil Alexander

.ePUB, 267 pages
Publication Date: 16 Nov 2022
By: Embla Books
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About The Book:
Meet Margaret Small: 75, plain spoken and a Cilla Black super fan. Shortly after the death of her idol, Margaret begins receiving sums of money in the post, signed simply 'C'. She is convinced it must be Cilla, but how can it be? To solve the mystery of her benefactor Margaret must go back in her memories almost 70 years, to the time when she was 'vanished' to a long-stay institution for children with learning disabilities. An absorbing and page-turning mystery with a dual timeline, The Vanishing of Margaret Small takes readers into a fascinating past, and introduces an unforgettable literary heroine.

My Review:
Oh my gosh, this book! I fell in love with Margaret right from the start. What she went through and how she came out of it was astonishing, to say the least. And even though Margaret went through a lot and had such a hard life she is still an amazingly kind and understanding person. Margaret is one of my favourite book characters ever! What I enjoyed most about this story was the fact that it deals with some heavy subject matter in a serious yet sensitive manner. But it is also very heartwarming and surprisingly funny!

I loved the format of the two timelines and reading about Margaret's "vanishing" and how she coped through it all was eye-opening and shocking. It was also very pleasing to read about her current circumstances and how fiercely independent she had become. The mystery of the notes and letters was surprising and when all was said and done I hugged the book wishing it was Margaret herself. All. The. Stars.

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