Shelley and her mother has moved to the countryside to avoid Shelley going to school where she's being bullied by three of her former friends. Her mother is also having a hard time at work and the father has left them both in a humiliating divorce. They both call themselves mice because they let other people bully them and do whatever they're told. For a while they enjoy there secure life just the two of them, drinking tea, reading books, not thinking about the past. When it turns out that they're not left alone not even on the countryside they've reached a limit and there's no turning back....
This story is heartbreaking on one hand and very disturbing on the other. Mice by Gordon Reece is called a psychological thriller and thrilling it is.The psychological part is when the author explores what happens when you cross certain limits and moral convictions in a thought-provoking way. How far will you go when you've had enough? My favorite part of this book is that it doesn't tell you what's wrong or right, It's up to you as a reader to decide for yourself. I can't help feeling sorry for the mother and daughter in spite of their choices and actions but it's not a good feeling. This book was very unnerving and I was constantly waiting for something terrible to happen. This also makes it very thrilling and you just can't stop reading.
The book is told from a 15-year old girl's point of view and is an easy read both according to language and suspense. I don't know if it's the typical summer read but I read it last august on a sunny balcony in Croatia and it still gave me the chills.
Checked out at the school library where I work