Review: Strange Sally Diamond by Liz Nugent

Title: Strange Sally Diamond

Author: Liz Nugent

Pages: 320 Pages

Publisher: Penguin

The Blurb

Sally Diamond cannot understand why what she did was so strange. She was only doing what her father told her to do, to put him out with the rubbish when he died.

Now Sally is the centre of attention, not only from the hungry media and worried police, but also a sinister voice from a past she has no memory of. As she begins to discover the horrors of her childhood, recluse Sally steps into the world for the first time, making new friends, finding independence, and learning that people don’t always mean what they say.

But when messages start arriving from a stranger who knows far more about her past than she knows herself, Sally’s life will be thrown into chaos once again . . .

The Review

Strange Sally Diamond is the quirkiest book that I have read this year. That is a big statement being that I am 154 books in but I really believe that no other story has disarmed me as much as this one has.

It focuses on our eponymous character – Sally Diamond – and how she is rather an odd duck. A square peg in a round hole. Sally has been sheltered from the “normal” world but due to unforeseen events now has to confront a society that is very confusing and one that Sally doesn’t know all the rules for.

Strange Sally Diamond is a brilliant story which when you scratch the surface isn’t just about fitting in or conforming but is a story about nature versus nurture. Are we made to be a certain way by our experiences or are these things completely beyond our control?

Strange Sally Diamond is a fascinating read and one that I will be gifting to a lot of people.

Strange Sally Diamond by Liz Nugent is available now.

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