Broken Umbrellas by Darren Arthurs is a true to life fiction novel that is the author’s debut.
Written in two weeks at the start of the Covid pandemic when Arthurs was, like so many people around the globe, forced to remain at home, needing an outlet for his excess energy. This short novel tells the story of Toby, a seven-year-old boy, who takes matters into his own hands to get away from an abusive home situation and start a new life.
The story is told from multiple perspectives, giving the reader insight into the thoughts, feelings and lives of all the people who come into close contact with the young boy. At times the writing is amusing, lighthearted, sad and heart wrenching which is a testament to the creative talent of this new writer.
The narrative voice of this story was charming and I came to really care about the main character, Toby, as he took the brave step to better his life. However, the writing style, for me, could do with a little tweaking. Many of the sentences were a tad on the long side and the dialogue written in a way I have never seen before, which often stuttered my reading. With a little more editing this story has so much potential.
If you’re looking for a quick read, emotional journey, with a feel good ending by a new author then I would recommend this book.
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