Review: The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon


I find the premise very interesting. Two little girls try to solve the mystery of their missing neighbor by finding God as they believe that if they find God, they will find the missing Mrs. Creasy as well and will eventually keep everyone in their small town safe. It’s set in the 1970s so it has that genuine historical feel to it.

I usually find a story about adults appealing when it’s told in the POV of a kid and the story is told alternately in third person POV and that of the 10 year old Grace as she sees the world and the people around her. I really enjoyed the writing. I find the pacing and the narrative very fluid that I offer little to no effort turning the pages.

There’s is this huge mystery hovering over the characters but it is not the secrecy that is really the highlight of the story. It’s about casting stones, how people are so quick to judge by appearances regardless of time and place. How people decide which ones are sheep and which ones are goats and how they take it upon themselves to cast the stone against those they deem goats.

“Why don’t people like him?”
I’m not sure. No one ever explains.”

It’s a very symbolic, literary read and it makes it even more significant and believable because of the time setting. That weed versus flower symbolism really got to me. And even though the story is sort of open ended, the conclusion really suits the story so well.

Published by AJ

Hi! I'm Aj from the Philippines. Obviously I love to read and write and from years of experience I have learned that when you love something so much, you would do it absolutely for free so here I am writing stuff for all people to see in the hopes that at least one or maybe two souls could benefit or get little inspiration from what they will read from this blog. Enjoy and spread the love! ;)

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