The Messengers by Edward Hogan
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date: May 12, 2015
Book Format: ARC
# of Pages: 224
Synopsis: If you could see the future, would you have the guts to change it? A new psychological thriller from the author of Daylight Saving.
Frances is sent to her aunt’s house for the summer to escape
difficulties at home. Soon she meets Peter, a man unlike anyone she has
ever known. Peter is a messenger—but his messages never bring good news.
Peter believes that Frances is a messenger, too. In a compelling
page-turner as complex as it is chilling, the author of Daylight Saving poses the provocative question: If you could change the future, where would you start?
I received The Messengers by Edward Hogan from the publisher and this is my honest review.
let me start of by saying The Messengers has an incredible premise that
I fell in love with. The book is about a teenager named Frances who
moves in with her aunt, uncle, and cousin after things fall apart at
home. Soon after moving in, she meets a mysterious young man in his late
20’s by the name of Peter. With his help she starts to learn about the
abilities she did not know she had.
Ever since Frances was a
young girl she had black outs that lead to her drawing pictures that
were only clear to her. To everyone else what she drew were just shapes
and nothing more. When Frances meets Peter she discovers that her
drawings are messages just like his, and the two become close while
Peter teaches her how to use this ability.
This book was a short
and quick read which I loved. It was on a topic that I had never seen
done before which I thought was interesting and refreshing. While
reading I did not get too close to any of the characters with the
exception of Frances, her brother, and Peter. Both of their families
were merely introduced but nothing more. As of now I am not sure how I
feel about that. Part of me is okay because getting too close to
characters and then having a small book end is rough. But the other part
of me wishes I got to know them as well as I knew Frances.
of my favorite parts of this book is the language used. The author
writes in the English language because he is from England so it was
amusing to hear things like, “bloody hell” and or “bugger off.” I have
only read a few books that use these types of sayings and I have liked
everyone of them and this book was no different. I think it is just a
nice change to deter from my normal language to a one not so common to
I am having a hard time reminiscing about the end of the
book for the sole reason that it was difficult. The ending killed me,
because I was so closed to both of the main characters and I just had a
hard time dealing with it. On the other hand though the end was indeed
well written and why it happened the way it did was clear, and I had no
problem understanding why Hogan did what he did there. I may not have
liked it but I did understand. Overall, the book was really very good,
and I would recommend it to anyone.