Having read a number of quite dark crime thrillers recently centering around grizzly themes and twisting plots, it was a nice change to be immersed in a lighthearted yet puzzling mystery novel.
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep for me draws parallels with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and To Kill a Mockingbird, with youthful protagonists being the most obvious link. Grace and Tilly are both endearing narrators and guide you through their world with an innocence reserved only for children. Equally Mr Bishop is the Boo Radley of the avenue; ostracized and made to feel blamed for the mysterious happenings.
I wouldn’t go as far as saying that I was left at the edge of my seat, or that I couldn’t bear to put the book down for fear of not reaching it’s conclusion quick enough, yet I would argue that sometimes you need to step away from the thriller shelf from time-to-time. I looked forward to reading the next chapter, without craving a dizzying high of adrenaline-fueled pages.
I had no trouble in enjoying this debut and look forward to reading the next of Joanna Cannon’s work.
The Trouble of Goats and Sheep: Joanna Cannon