Pam Smy

David Fickling Books

October 2017

$29.99 AU

540p hc

ISBN: 978-1910200612

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Thornhill by Pam Smy is an interesting read, the story was intense and was difficult to put down. It is a slow-paced graphic novel in the horror genre. The story takes place in the same place over two time periods set over thirty years apart. I really enjoyed the parallel between the two, with the illustrations helping to ­intrigue me. The early story involves the character of Mary, an orphan at the Thornhill Academy, whose actions have an impact on her life, and the parallel narrative.

I have to admit that it was not the kind of book that I would usually read, but it was still very enjoyable nevertheless. The character Mary was well-developed and likeable, and you cannot help but feel sorry for her as she goes through the events of the story. The story covers themes of death and suicide although it doesn’t go too much in detail. The beautiful illustrations really enhanced the story and added to the drama and suspense of it all. My main problem with Thornhill was how it ended; I felt it was predictable and did not answer many of the questions raised throughout the story. Thornhill would appeal to anyone interested in horror, For readers 13+. 

Arabella, Year 9

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