Review: A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne

New favorite book alert! This one is SO. DAMN. GOOD.

I received an ARC of this a few months ago and wasn’t really that intrigued by the description so it just sat here. And sat. And sat. But I’ve slowly been seeing more and more positive reviews about John Boyne’s books – specifically The Hearts Invisible Furies. Which I also have. But it scares me. It’s SO damn big!

As soon as I saw it was Book of the Month pick for November, I decided to give it a shot. And I cannot even put into words how much this book enthralled me, how much I LOVED to hate Maurice, how beautiful the writing is, how creepy and riveting the story unfolds. Amazing. Just a pure literary delight.

Maurice Swift is a gorgeous man. He can basically get whatever he wants based on his looks alone. So, he decides that he is going to do just that, and get the one thing he does not have: the talent to write a good story. Sure, he’s a good writer, but he just can’t seem to come up with a good story, a plot that sells, a book that will make him famous. Throwing all morals out the window, he aligns himself with those who will get him those things that he needs to achieve the highest literary fame he can, no matter what it takes.

It’s a thriller that just takes it to a level that is indescribable. The merciless acts Maurice goes through to satisfy his hunger for fame and recognition is equal parts insane, cold-blooded and at times, a bit hilarious. The story is the epitome of un-put-downable. This book will definitely be added to my “must read again” list – and soon. Highly recommend. A new favorite for sure.

What do you guys think? Have you read this one? Should I bite the bullet and read The Hearts Invisible Furies already?

Get this now… You will not be disappointed!

Get it on Amazon here —> A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne



  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hogarth (November 13, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1984823019
  • ISBN-13: 978-1984823014

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