Rating: 3 stars
I was so intrigued when I read the synopsis for the book We Hear Voices. Having experienced the Covid-19 pandemic for the last two years I was so curious to see if there’s any similarities in this book.
The book opens with us meeting a little boy who is deathly ill with the sickness going around. They have labelled it “the flu”. Not many people survive the illness once infected. I was so heartbroken and preparing myself for this little boy to die. Being a mother to two young boys I wasn’t sure if I could continue this book. But I did.
Billy comes through the illness and survives. At first, he is very weak and still recovering when he begins talking about an imaginary friend named Delfy. Delfy is helping him become stronger and stronger every day and his mother and family members are so happy that she is providing him the strength he needs to get better.
Things start to change when he begins asking inappropriate questions, talking about inappropriate things for his young age and becoming physically aggressive.
Because there is a worldwide pandemic the economy is not what it used to be and businesses are collapsing from so many people being infected with the flu and not returning to work. Their family is struggling not only with the sickness but also financially. The house they live in is run down and riddled with mold. They barely have enough money to put food on the table.
Billy’s mother, Rachel, takes him to see a doctor however they can’t afford the medical care. She is frustrated and convincing herself he will improve with time.
They then meet a doctor who specializes in children who hear voices and because he wants to make a difference he offers to treat the boy for free.
Thank goodness he does because Billy does the unthinkable and kills his grandmother for lying to him, all because Delfy tells him to.
This book then spins into a million different directions. There’s a wealthy family buying up all the properties and leaving families homeless. All because they want to influence everyone to work for them for food and drink vouchers so they can control the narrative about sending astronauts to space. They are preparing to have people inhabit space and need all the money dedicated to ensuring the mission goes seamlessly.
There’s spiders and space and what seems to be some sort of paranormal activity. It all gets extremely confusing and far fetched and just when I think I understood what was happening it ended abruptly.
Overall this book was just okay and I give it three stars!
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