Content note: Towards the end of the review.
This story made me wary from its opening lines, concerned that I was going to get something uncomfortable or horrific or depressing about children and the families that fail them.
Bad news: I was right to have been worried. Avoid this story if you don’t want to read about abuse (sexual, mental, physical, of children, of animals…).
I almost couldn’t finish it. I think I’m glad I did, that it was worth sticking it out to the end.