Friday, 26 August 2016

Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst

This is the first novel that I have read by Carolyn Parkhurst, and I thought it was a really interesting book.

The story centers around the Hammond family - mum Alexandra, dad Josh, and their daughters, 13 year-old Tilly and 11 year-old Iris.
Tilly has been labelled as being on the autism spectrum, and her family, in particular, Alexandra, find it extremely difficult. Tilly struggles at school and can be a handful at home. Alexandra wants to give her daughter the proper help she needs, and her desperation leads her to make a drastic lifestyle change for the Hammonds.
They move from their home in Washington DC to a 'family camp' in New Hampshire, which is run by a self-proclaimed child behaviour expert, Scott Bean. 
But all is not what it appears to be once they arrive at Camp Harmony...

I loved how this story was told in alternating chapters from Iris' and Alexandra's perspectives, with the odd chapter here and there told by Tilly. Iris shares with us the present situation, whilst Alexandra's perspective is from the past.

Iris is a great character who adds a lot of emotion and heart to the story. The bond she has with her sister Tilly is really sweet. 
Whilst the story is fairly predictable, it is an easy read, and was enjoyable. I particularly loved the epilogue - the way the author depicts a child with autism as someone 'with wings' is a lovely sentiment; it was my favourite part of the book.
Harmony was released at the beginning of August 2016. I was given an ARC of this book through netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


  1. I like book where they switch perspective...

  2. That sounds interesting! I often wonder about the "experts" who profess to know how to "cure" ASD with everything from kale to bleach enemas. Scary stuff.

  3. I love books told from different perspectives.

  4. This books sounds very interesting, something I would definitely pick up at the library or book store. Hopefully I'll get to this one after I get my hands on "Relativity" :)


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