Trash by Andy Mulligan

click meHow did I get the book?  StorytellerInc Book Club – Book 3 

Genre: Mystery

First Impression: Sounds interesting.

Synopsis: In an unnamed Third World country, in the not-so-distant future, three “dumpsite boys” make a living picking through the mountains of garbage on the outskirts of a large city.
One unlucky-lucky day, Raphael finds something very special and very mysterious. So mysterious that he decides to keep it, even when the city police offer a handsome reward for its return. That decision brings with it terrifying consequences, and soon the dumpsite boys must use all of their cunning and courage to stay ahead of their pursuers. It’s up to Raphael, Gardo, and Rat–boys who have no education, no parents, no homes, and no money–to solve the mystery and right a terrible wrong.

200words (or less) review: While I was reading Trash I kept thinking it sounds like movie; the scene setting, the rain falling just at that perfect moment – even though Raphael tells us it never normally rains. As Andy Mulligan is a theater director maybe that’s it. Trash is very well directed.

There is a lot about this story to love, the ending in particular I adored. All the boys, Raphael, Gardo and Rat a fully formed characters, their environment is vividly descripted at during certain parts your heart races if anticipation and worry for the boys.

The story is told by all three, Father Juilliard, Sister Olivia, newspaper articles and letters yet this is surprisingly easy to follow but Trash only seems to contain very nice but naive or stupid adults, something which I find irritating.

Trash requires some suspension of disbelief but is an exciting mystery with a heart-warming ending.

Recommend it?


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