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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite
Seventeen-year-old Liam lived in an unusual house with his grandfather. It had no windows. They had a messy store in the front part of the house where they sold a variety of used items. Liam helped his grandfather in the store and tried to restore some orderliness on the shelves. Although he has a limp, from a broken leg that did not heal correctly, he walks to the homes of his friends and swims with them in a local ditch. He loves to hang out with his best friends, Fender and Trinity. When Fender’s sister came home from her first year of college, they developed a romantic relationship. Everything changed when a strange man came into town. This man frightened Liam as he frequently showed up unexpectedly, and he seemed to know too much about Liam.
In Liam’s Town, written by Marissa Dike, an intriguing plot unfolds. Liam soon learns that nothing is as it seems in his town, and he struggles with how to deal with all the new revelations. The author skillfully exposes the reality of Liam’s town in a logical, cohesive manner. There are twists and turns in the plot, keeping the reader engaged throughout the story. The characters are quite interesting, especially as more information is given bit by bit. It is a riveting read, a page-turner from beginning to end. Author Marissa Dike has written a compelling story for young adults in Liam’s Town. This book is an honest depiction of how a person can live in an alternative reality and it is most definitely a fascinating read. It will appeal to readers looking for something unique and different in their reading choices.