The trouble with Goats and Sheep.
Mrs Creasy is missing and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands. But as doors and mouths begin to open and the cul-de-sac starts giving up it’s secrets, the amateur detectives will find more than they could have imagined
This really caught my eye as I walked past the books in Asda, I wasn’t even looking for a book.
The book is set in 1976, the year of the heatwave, and there are no actual goats or sheep involved. It’s set on The Avenue, a housing estate, and it’s beautifully observed. I was only one and a half at the time it’s set but my memories of the seventies are all there in the book.
The way the neighbours are all so entwined in each others lives, everyone knows each other’s business and secrets reminded me so much of growing up on a housing estate in the 70’s
The book is narrated by Grace, a ten year old girl and really captures the way that children know more than the grown ups think. Gracie is bright but also wonderfully naive.
I won’t spoil the story but it all begins when Mrs Creasy goes missing. Gracie and her friend Tilly decide that if they find God they’ll find Mrs Creasy. They look for God by going door to door, to see if he’s in their neighbours homes.
I absolutely loved Joanna Canons writing. It’s a masterpiece of observation. A book about dark secrets written with subtle, touching humour. It’s a very enjoyable read.
I highly recommend The trouble with goats and sheep. And I’m giving it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.