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Mice by Gordon Reece


Mice by Gordon Reece Mice crop

Some secrets just won’t stay buried.

Quirky and funny this dark comedy/thriller begs to be read. I flew through the pages and reluctantly put the book down when I reached the end.

I just can’t ‘sell’ this book to my students… it has been checked out of our library twice and still looks in perfect condition. Was it even read? Could it be the unappealing cover? Any suggestions?

The cover featured in this post is the cover of the edition in our school library. There are other covers available, of them all I prefer the first ‘misty’ one.4 Star

Recommended age: 13+

Mice alternative covers


Title: Mice Mice buried
Author: Gordon Reece
Publication Date: 2 February 2012
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Source: Library

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An electrifying psychological thriller about a mother and daughter pushed to their limits. 

Shelley and her mom have been menaced long enough. Excused from high school where a trio of bullies nearly killed her, and still reeling from her parents’ humiliating divorce, Shelley has retreated with her mother to the quiet of Honeysuckle Cottage in the countryside. Thinking their troubles are over, they revel in their cozy, secure life of gardening and books, hot chocolate and Brahms by the fire. But on the eve of Shelley’s sixteenth birthday, an unwelcome guest disturbs their peace and something inside Shelley snaps. What happens next will shatter all their certainties-about their safety, their moral convictions, the limits of what they are willing to accept, and what they’re capable of.    – Extract from Goodreads.com


  1. Ooh, I’ve been wanting to read this book for ages. Sounds deliciously creepy and from what I’ve also heard from others, is that it’s quite a spine-chilling read. I can’t imagine fans of psychological thrillers not wanting to read this book, but perhaps you could feature this as a read of the week, along with five key selling points to garner the interest of the students? Glad this book meets with your approval – many of my friends certainly have recommended this to me in the past as well.

  2. I like the misty cover the best too! Now I’m fascinated about what makes a book like that not get the attention it should.

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