Review of The Boy Who Loved Rain by Gerard Kelly

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The Boy Who Loved Rain is a haunting and moving novel about the damage that secrets can bring and the chance for healing within a family.


From the book's description:

They say that what you don’t know can’t hurt you. They’re wrong.
Colom had the perfect childhood, the much-loved only child of a church pastor. Yet he wakes screaming from dreams in which his sister is drowning and he can’t save her.
Fiona turns to her husband, desperate to help their son. But David will not acknowledge that help is needed—and certainly not help from beyond the church.
Then they find the suicide pledge.
Fiona, in panic, takes Colom and flees… but when will she acknowledge that the unnamed demons Colom faces might be of her and David’s own creation?
This beautifully written and searching novel by poet Gerard Kelly explores the toxicity of secrets, the nature of healing, and the ever-present power of rain.






I have to admit that, even though I really enjoyed the read, this was a difficult novel to read because it's heavy. I don't know another word to describe it well. The subject matter- teen depression and suicide and family secrets that cause pain and hurt- is deep and sometimes painful to read.

The characters are beautifully developed, and I felt as if I got to know them well. The story was a very interesting one. There is that hint of things hidden from the very beginning, and that kept me wanting to read and read so that I could get at the truth of things.

You can find The Boy Who Loved Rain on the Kregel website here. During the week of this blog tour- March 23-29, you can purchase it for Amazon Kindle for $.99 here.



Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.

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