Imaginary Things by Andrea Lochen - Review



Imaginary Things is a novel of the magic realism genre (which happens to be my favourite). This is 's second novel, and has achieved some good reviews on Goodreads, which is why I was drawn to it.

Without really being able to put my finger on the reason, I feel a bit let down by this novel. The premise is brilliant: Anna Jennings moves to her grandparents' rural home for the summer with her four-year-old son, David. She begins to see shadowy creatures around David, making her fear for her own state of mind and David's safety. With the threat of David's biological father looming over, Anna needs to understand the mysterious phenomenon in order to protect her son, and learn something about herself.

But... Although the story was interesting and worded well, it fell short of capturing my imagination. I couldn't engage with Anna, feeling like an outsider watching through class instead of the active participant I'd hoped for. After around the first half of the story, what unfolded was quite predictable and lacklustre. Perhaps I missed something on my first read and ought to give it another try...


Overall, I give Imaginary Friends 3 out of 5 stars.

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