Title: The Boy Who Loved Rain by Gerard Kelly
Publisher: Lion Fiction
Page count: 320
Publication Date: November 21, 2014
Rating – 5/5
They say that what you don’t know can’t hurt you. They’re wrong.
David Dryden, pastor of a high-profile church in London, is admired for his emphasis on the Christian family.
But all is not well in his own family. He and his wife, Fiona, have been glossing over his son Colom’s erratic behavior. Then, when a commitment to die is discovered in Colom’s room after the suicide of a school friend, David finds himself out of his depth–and Fiona, in panic, takes Colom and flees.
A wonderful, intelligent, and searching novel about the toxic nature of secrets, and the possibility of starting again.
Happy Wednesday and welcome to my stop on the tour for The Boy Who Loved Rain. Thank you to TLC book tours and the author Gerard Kelly for the opportunity to read this book for review.
The Boy Who Loved Rain was nothing like I expected it to be, which actually turned out to be a really good thing. At first inspection of the novel – the description and the cover I thought I was in for a light, straightforward read that I would enjoy escaping into for a few hours. My experience with this book was actually quite different and because of it I am giving this book a full five stars.
It is about a family of three struggling with deep buried issues that come to light throughout the story. We are confronted with a myriad of issues such as marriage issues, suicide, and long buried family secrets that I won’t give away in this post.
When I first started reading this book my impression was much the same and I felt that it began a little slow but soon I found myself unable to put it down. It was easy for me to empathize with its various characters, characters whose thoughts and actions were all very complicated and full, they were very full characters which was a beautiful thing in this story.
It was an enticingly complicated story from which I peeled layer after layer before exposing it’s bare bones. It’s beautiful and tragic, hard to read at times and at others light. The things we find out in this story were entirely surprising to me and hard to handle when we get to know the characters and understand their struggles but it’s also easy to connect behavioral patterns with problems they have faced or are facing. It’s definitely easy to get emotionally invested in this book and I can almost guarantee that you will. This book took a little bit to actually get into. It’s one of those books that builds up and then really socks it to you. It will stay with me for awhile.
I loved the writing and also the quotes about rain that began every chapter. The use of the omniscient perspective was genius for this type of story.
This is a good book to curl up with on a rainy day or to read when you want to read a book with substance!
About the Author
Gerard Kelly is a well-known speaker and author of fourteen books. He and his wife live and work in France and co-founded the Blessed Network, a movement of young leaders committed to God’s mission on mainland Europe.
Visit his website at http://gerardkelly.org/