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Review: The Thief of Broken Toys by Tim Lebbon

The Thief of Broken Toys by Tim Lebbon 

From the back of the book

When a father loses his son and his wife leaves him, he cannot tear himself away from the small fishing village where the boy’s memories reside.  They’re all he has left.  Thinking that his life is all but over, he takes to wandering the cliffs, carrying broken things that he always promised his son he would fix, but never did.  They’re a sign of his failure, and they keep little Toby close.  And then he meets the thief of broken toys, and everything begins to change.

My Rating:  2 out of 5

Bookshelf: No

How I got it: Bought


Sounds a little creepy, right?  I know I thought it did, but I was very disappointed.  If anything it’s a sad story about loss and grief, but not really creepy at all.  Perhaps my hopes were too high?  I did find this in the Sci-fi/Fantasy section of the bookstore, but now that I’ve read it I don’t understand why it was there.  It was a very quick read, so I don’t feel too let down.  I did pay for it though, so I am a little bummed.

The narration annoyed to no end. It reminded me of a tour guide, “And now we see…” Did not care for that.  I think a little more description or insight into the “thief of broken toys” would have made it more interesting. I did enjoy the scenes of reminiscence about his son, which were sad and bittersweet.  I think this would have been better if it were longer. I understand that this a novella and that it was supposed to be short, but I think so much more could have been done with this story.  If you are more of a fan of psychological character studies, then you may enjoy this.  If you’re a fan of straightforward supernatural stories, then this really may not be for you.  If you enjoyed the Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff you would probably like this book.

All in all, I didn’t really care for it.  Can’t win ’em all, right?

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