• Becca McCulloch

Review: The Borrowed Boy

A borrowed boy, a borrowed name and living on borrowed time.

What do you put on a bucket list when you haven’t done anything with your life? No interesting job, no lovers, no family, no friends. Believing she has only weeks left to live, Angie Winkle vows to make the most of every minute.

Going back to Jaywick Sands, is top of her bucket list. Experiencing life as a grandmother is not, but the universe has other plans and when four-year-old Danny is separated from his mum on the tube, Angie goes to his rescue. She tries to return him to his mum but things do not go exactly as planned and the two of them embark on a life-changing journey.

Set in Jaywick Sands, once an idyllic Essex holiday village in the 70s, but now a shantytown of displaced Londoners, this is a story about hidden communities and our need to belong.


This book. I found so much intriguing in both the plot and the characters. At first, I was fascinated by how much wrong we can justify when we think we’re doing the right thing. Then I was fascinated by how the author kept me loving two women who had made so many questionable choices.

The book is very internal so be prepared for a slow boil. I didn’t feel like the four year old was drawn perfect for size but theres very little dialogue so that part didn’t drag me out of story often. Overall, this was a good read. It held my attention and has a resounding, fulfilling ending. I’ve already recommended it to other readers because I wanted someone to discuss it with! I would love to see a book club pick it up.

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Amazon.com - https://amzn.to/2CZIEAz

Amazon UK - https://amzn.to/2CZJ6yL

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Author Bio – Deborah has worked as an occupational therapist, a health service manager, a freelance journalist, and management consultant in health and social care.

Her protagonists are often people who exist on the edges of society. Despite the very real, but dark, subject matter her stories are uplifting, combining pathos with humour. They are about self-discovery and the power of friendships and community.

The Borrowed Boy, her debut, was shortlisted for the Deviant Minds Award 2019. Just Bea, her second novel will be published in 2021.

Deborah lives on the Essex coast. When she is not writing she combines her love of baking with trying to burn off the extra calories.

Social Media Links – http://abrakdeborah.wordpress.com

Twitter @deborahKlee

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