Melissa is set in 1999-2000. At roughly 2pm on 9th June 1999, on a small street in Hanford, Stoke-on-Trent, a young girl dies of leukaemia; at almost the same moment, everyone on the street experiences the same musical hallucination. The novel is about this death and accompanying phenomenon – and about their after-effects, as the girl’s family gradually disintegrates over the following year.
Melissa is very different to the usual sort of books I would normally go for but the book description sounded really intriguing.
A lot of the story actually read like a documentary more than a novel which certainly gave the whole novel a unique feel to it.
Knowing the story was based round the death of a child, I didn’t know if I would find some parts quite upsetting. There are some heart wrenching moments, especially where Harry, Melissa’s dad is concerned.
Harry is really knocked sideways by his daughters death and it certainly seems to affect him more than the rest of the family. I don’t think anyone knows how they would cope with the loss of a loved one, especially a child, but Harry literally seems to be unravelling the further into the novel the reader gets.
Melissa’s death doesn’t just affect the immediate family, due to the abnormalities that seem to occur when Melissa dies, the whole street is affected in one way or another.
Melissa is certainly not your straight forward novel. The author has created something that looks more into the complexity of what occurs after death. Bordering on the comic side in parts, Melissa is certainly not your everyday type of read but one that will certainly open your mind.
Many thanks to the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion.
Goodreads rating 3/5 stars.
Melissa is available to purchase from Amazon in paperback.