First Sentence: My name is Kathy H.
Not much is given away with that first sentence, and to be honest, it’s probably best not to know too much about this book before you start it. Just follow the plot as it slowly, and tantalizingly, unfolds. As you can see, Kathy H is the narrator. She goes on to say how she is 31 years old and has been a carer for over eleven years, looking after donors. She then proceeds to reminisce about her time at Hailsham (a kind of boarding school), and in particular her friendship with Tommy and Ruth. All is not how it seems however, and before too long we realise this is no ordinary school, in fact, nothing is ordinary, and nothing is as it seems in this thought-provokingly original novel. I really enjoyed this book. I found the writing to be exquisite, and I think the fact that I knew absolutely nothing of the plot before I started it (I didn’t even read the blurb on the back), only heightened my enjoyment. For that reason I’ll say no more, but if you want to know how it ends/what it’s all about…
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