I Came to Say Goodbye is a moving tale about family, mental health and the fragility of life. It tackles difficult issues and tells a gripping story.
The way this novel is written is fascinating. Nearly the whole book is written in first person, switching between a few different character view points. Not only that, but it is written not as a narrative but as a letter to a judge. This makes the reader feel very involved in the story as the characters speak to them about the events that took place an try to get their points of view across.
Another interesting thing about the way this book is written is the lack of adverbs and phrases designed to pull at the heart strings. Instead of trying too hard to make the reader bond with the characters and feel sympathetic for them, the author lets it happen naturally by telling the story as it is. This is a refreshing change from the style of some fiction in the same genre.
The story itself is brilliant. Tragic yet brilliant. It is full of plot twists and unexpected events. One moment, it appears to be about one thing and the next it turns out it’s actually about something completely different and even more interesting! It also tackles some realy difficult issues to do with family, mental health, race and political correctness. More so, it does so in a way that makes the reader really think about how they and other people view these sorts of things.
I Came to Say Goodbye is truly a work of magic. But be warned, you may need a tissue at some points.