The Weight of the Small Things by Julie Lancaster

4 Stars from me

Welcome to the world of gate obsessed, Frankie Appleton. At 9 years old this young lady is wise beyond her years and has seen and noticed many things. Things she shouldn’t? Things that others should have?

In this endearing tale, we follow life through Frankie’s eyes as she strives to uncover who murdered her poor mum.

Woven into the story is a deeper look into domestic relationships and the things people do, and don’t, share in a bid to protect those they love.

Julie Lancaster does a wonderful job of highlighting aspects of mental health within the story.

It is a delicate mix of the sensitivity and brutality of life.

My thanks to @TheMirrorBooks for letting me be a part of this blog tour.

Blurb: Nine-year-old Frankie Appleton likes to count gates.

One day she hopes to design the perfect gate – a gate to keep the bad things out.

Little does she know that the bad things have already got in.

Now her mother is dead, and the only other person with a house key has disappeared.

Frankie thinks she knows who it is. But first she has to prove it.

A delicately brutal exploration of what lies behind closed doors, and of the secrets and lies that form the fabric of every family, The Weight of Small Things is as charming as it is chilling.

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