Daily Archives: March 30, 2012


I received, The Dead I Know for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Scott Gardner is an Australian, young adult author.  Some may find it simplified but it does not diminish, the writing quality in any way. But don't let this deter you from reading the book.

The Dead I Know is an easy read. But not an easy storyline or topic. Mental health, mental deterioration, is a issue that many people, young and old have to deal with on a daily basis.

At first I thought main character, Aaron Rowe was having mental health issues. His habit of sleep-walking all night long. His horrific, reoccurring dreams. I had no idea what was going on with the character. Aaron has just graduated high school and he is the bread winner, and caretaker of his sick mother. We learn towards the end that the story isn't quite as simple as that.

He is lost, alone, scared for himself and his "Mam". Aaron has a lot of help along the way. Help in friends that he didn't expect to to find or receive. His boss, John Barton, along with his family, not only employ Aaron, but give him the family that he needs.

What I liked:

  • Quick & easy read
  • The author was able to allow the audience to see an example of what the caretaker, deals with on a day to day basis. Often times we only see the viewpoint of the sick person. The caretakers are often the forgotten ones.

What I disliked:

  • Nothing to note.

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I give Dead I Know, The 3.5 out of 5. In my opinion, good for young & older readers, alike.

Have you read any of Scott Gardner's books before? What are your thoughts?

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Till next time,