What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

A very interesting, and very different story about a little boy and his rather unorthodox family. Milo, aged 9, suffers from an eye disease resulting in tunnel vision and leading eventually to blindness. His dad has left to be with another woman, his great Gran has been put in an unsatisfactory care home, and his mum is suffering from stress and depression. Milo, with his pet pig Hamlet and seeing things from his very unique view of the world wants to put the world to rights.

This was a well-written and very curious story; however, I think one needs to be in a good mental frame of mind before reading. The characters range from an illegal immigrant who has lost his family and home, to an unpleasant care home nurse/manager who abuses the trust her clients have placed in her. They have rather sad backgrounds with very little positivity in their lives and I struggled to read it to the end, continuing in the hope that things would all turn out well and there would be, if not a happy ending, then certainly a more hopeful ending.

Sadly however, their lives all feel very real and the story certainly gave me food for thought and reflection.

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

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