Title: Ketchup Clouds
Author: Annabel Pitcher
Who’s it for? Teens, perhaps a bit too old for the younger end of that category though
What’s it about? A girl who’s hiding a terrible secret, one she can confide with no one, save Stuart Harris – a man on Death Row. She calls herself Zoe, but that’s not her real name, and she says she lives on Fiction Road … and like him, she’s committed a terrible, terrible crime.
But unlike him, she got away with hers.
What’s good about it? Everything. Genuinely, everything. There wasn’t a part of this I didn’t love; the subtle changes of her address to Stuart – so formal in the beginning and so informal by the end; her sisters, her parents, her best friend Lauren – I loved it all.
There’s so much I loved that I’m really wishing I could transfer my flaily arms into words.
What’s bad about it? Nothing.
The Verdict? Annabel Pitcher is a phenomenal writer. Her debut novel ‘My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece’ broke my heart and packed an emotional punch that hurt like fire. ‘Ketchup Clouds’ is no less emotional but hurts in a different way; the characters are so very flawed and utterly real that when the crime is revealed, you hurt right along with her. It’s dark, a constant dark undertone that permeates through everything – even the jokes.
This is a fantastic read, and I will definitely be keeping my eyes open for anything else this author writes. Oh and if you haven’t? Read ‘My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece’ too. I promise you, they’re both worth it.