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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Her Tale Was Told In Whispers is a work of coming of age fiction penned for young adults by author Mutch Katsonga. This highly emotive and addictive read is written at novella length, and it features a single life-changing encounter for its young protagonist, which serves as the catalyst for the rest of the tale’s plot. When our hero sees young Marcy, who is tormented and bullied at her school for being an ‘ugly’ outcast, rumors, reputation and life itself begin to spiral out of control. What follows is a tumultuous and emotive drama about perception, teenage life and the true impact of devastation.
Author Mutch Katsonga deftly weaves many different themes and ideas into this lyrical work, which employs excellent use of dialogue and first-person narration to give us prose that often feels like a stream of consciousness and poetry. Marcy’s story begins as one which many readers will find familiar and remember from their own school days, but the twists and turns of the plot make for a real rollercoaster of emotions throughout, never landing where you think they would. I particularly enjoyed the relationship between the protagonist and his father, and the religious references were highly impactful and well delivered. There is a grounded realism to the wash of influences on the young people in the tale which will be highly relatable. I would also recommend Her Tale Was Told In Whispers for adult readers because of its nuanced layers of plot and thematic content.