Fergus Boggs is being cared for in a home having lost his memory, when a package arrives at the home for him and his daughter Sabrina looks inside she discovers a marble collection of considerable value. But her dad has never mentioned marbles before and the collection seems news to his family.
The story focuses on one day in Sabrina’s life as she investigates where the marble collection has come from and how it came to be her dads. Through it she hopes to find something which may unlock her dad’s memories. Cleverly the book also covers most of Fergus’s life, from the very moment locked in a school cupboard he discovers marbles, his relationship with older brother Hamish and his other brothers which could sometimes be tough and even the relationship with his mother. There was a very poignant scene in the middle of the novel when we witness the boys waiting as mum is in labour.
The marbles as a plot device seems a very clever idea, a secret to be uncovered and explored and although the book isn’t patricularly long it covers a large period of time without leaving you feeling things are happening too fast.
i thought this was differnt in style to Cecelia Ahern’s usual books, it missed the magical touch that we’ve seen in earlier books but none the less I enjoyed the book for what it was.