Monday, July 26, 2021

Monster Child by Rahela Nayebzadah (Review)

 *I received a copy of this book for my honest review*

In a powerful debut novel, author Rahela Nayebzadah introduces three unforgettable characters, Beh, Shabnam, and Alif. In a world swirling with secrets, racism, and a touch of magic we watch through the eyes of these three children as Nayebzadah’s family of Afghan immigrants try to find their way in an often uncaring society. But as a sexual assault on thirteen-year-old Beh unleashes the past and destroys the family the reader is left wondering who is the monster child? Is it Beh, who says she is called a disease? Is it Shabnam, who cries tears of blood? Is it Alif, who in the end declares “We are a family of monsters”? Or are the monsters all around us?


This isn't really something I would usually read but it sounded interesting and sometimes it is good to read books that are out of your comfort zone. 

This is the most powerful and emotional book I have ever read in my life.   It can be difficult to read and yes I did have to put it down a few times because the book does touch on topics of abuse and sexual abuse but I am so glad I kept on reading because it was such a good read.

I am so glad there was a glossary at the end of the book because there were so many words I had no clue what they were because I am unfamiliar with the culture and the language.

All in all, I did enjoy this book.  I  found it well written and it has a good pace to it. 

I give this 4 out of 5.

*Trigger Warning!----death, sexual assault, racism, and domestic violence

You can purchase this book at Amazon , Amazon Canada, Book Depository Indigo, Wolsak & Wynn

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