A Place Called Perfect – Helena Duggan

A Place Called Perfect

Paperback, 306 pages

Published November 2012 by Wherever You Roam Publishing
1480093440 (ISBN13: 9781480093447)
Source – review copy from author
My Rating – 4 stars

Helena Duggan is a graphic designer based in Kilkenny and this is her debut novel aimed at readers age 9+ although it would be equally enjoyed by adults who enjoy magical tales.

Only  child Violet Brown finds her life disrupted when her parents decide to up sticks and move to a town called Perfect.  Her optician father has been offered an almost perfect job in this new location and despite her misgivings, Violet must do as she is told.  The strange thing is that everyone in Perfect wears peculiarly tinted glasses, something to do with living too near the sun, and the mysterious Archer brothers want Mr Brown to solve their optical problems…or do they??

With echoes of Roald Dahl, Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, the Wizard of Oz and the films of Tim Burton, this is a charming, whimsical tale sure to appeal to those who  enjoy quirky, imaginative stories.  Whilst the adult characters go blindly about  their daily perfect lives it is left to the children to seek the truth of the matter and discover what the fiendish Archers are planning.

A Place Called Perfect is an impressive debut.  Looking forward to sharing this with my own children and to reading more from Helena Duggan.

You can find out more about the author on her website here.

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