Lily’s parents are having a baby, and she’s recently become ill. She is desperate for things to go back to how they were before this all happened. When her mum goes into labour, she’s sent to stay with Grandma Squeak, but Lily makes a plan to get back home.
When she arrives, she discovers a sinister set of imposters have infiltrated the house. The ‘Replacements’ look exactly like her parents except for their creepy black eyes and they are insistent on keeping Lily locked out.
With the help of some new animal friends – Mouse, Mole, Crow and Snake, Lily must somehow get inside the house and then defeat the Replacements. But how can she do it when she knows nothing about what she is facing? Lily will need to overcome her fear of not only the people inside, but the secrets inside herself.
This was an eerie book which had me completely hooked from start to finish; I genuinely could not put it down once I started! The haunting descriptions and creepy premise really drew me into Lily’s tale, which was kept up throughout the story with lots of action and suspense.
I thought the themes of illness, new siblings and family that were woven throughout were ones which are important for children to see and experience through reading. Lake has done this in a way which is sensitive, whilst still showing true emotions of a child who may be in this position. Lily is a relatable character and her journey of self-discovery was one I loved reading.
I especially loved the animal characters (Mole in particular – she was my favourite!) and the way they each helped Lily in their own way. She not only had to rely on others but also learn how she can help others to also rely on her – something I am sure we can all learn from! Each was so well developed; their personalities really pulled the story together and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how each creature had their moment.
This was definitely one of my favourite reads of the year so far.
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📚 Book gifted by publisher