Take your turn, Teddy - by Haley Newlin
Ok, I’m going to keep this short and simple. I loved this book, it started off perfectly, with a situation in which a child discovers his father having an affair with a much younger woman. The family is broken, through violence to the mother, and Teddy and his mother flee to another life. Teddy discovers a malevolent being in the basement of his new house, and it befriends him, and things go south from there.
That’s all I’m going to tell you – because I think this is best experienced as I read it – just floating in the wonderful world Newlin created here. Teddy is fantastic, a really great character, who thankfully does not adhere to that classic “kid gone wrong” trope where they can be saved. Nope, Newlin made him irredeemable, a child that actively wants to hurt others and is crafty in doing so. There’s no child to save here, he is as thoroughly infected as the being that speaks to him.
Newlin crafts in a narrative of a broken policeman too. One plagued with guilt/fear from past cases, someone as broken as Teddy but who struggles to find himself again. I had some issues with the character, but perhaps that was just me. Regardless of how I felt about him, this was a blast – I stormed through the book in next to no time, and it’s certainly put Haley in my cross sights for her other books – Haley, I’m coming for you. I know you don’t really do, or respond to social media, but this was a great introduction to your longer works.
5 out of 5 ⭐ ‘s
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