Tuesday’s Gone by James Windale:
Warning: Contains scenes of child abuse and murder.
To be honest, this week’s review almost didn’t happen. I changed the book I was going to read twice; once because the author changed the price on their book to something over five dollars, and again because the replacement book I thought would be interesting was not. (I couldn’t finish it) I picked this one up on a whim. It was free when I downloaded it, and I thought I’d give it a try, though it’s not free now.
Tuesday’s Gone by James Windale is the story following a young girl named Tuesday, who was adopted by a travelling circus as an infant, tattooed so she could be an exhibit in a freak show and trained from a young age to be an acrobat and trapeze artist. The circus is all she knows, though after a scary, near-death experience, Tuesday runs away with her friend and protector Judah, to find something new. They’re taken in by two sisters who quickly learn to love Tuesday, but when a determined Pinkerton agent catches up with them, Tuesday is on the move again, this time to southern Florida, to live with the sisters grandfather until the circus stops searching for her.
I have to commend the author; the prohibition era truly comes alive on the page, and the cast of characters, as terrifying as some of them may be, are unique and true to their times. I thought the author did especially well with Tuesday. Writing a child main character can be difficult, but the childlike wonder in which she viewed the world was refreshing.
I did have a few problems with grammar and punctuation. There were a lot of run on sentences and punctuation errors that another pass by the author or a proofreader could have caught. It made reading a little tedious, but since I got the book for free and the story was pretty engaging, I kept reading. One other minor irritation for me, was the number of times the story would jump from perspective to perspective, mostly without warning, which jarred me from the story.
Despite the errors, I did read this book in only a couple sittings over two days, and found myself immersed in an almost forgotten era. Kudos to the author for being able to draw me into another time.
My Rating: 3.25/5
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