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Such Small Hands by Andres Barba

Her father died instantly, her mother in the hospital. – Opening sentence I’d seen and heard a lot of good things about Such Small Hands in the book blogging circle, and couldn’t wait to get my hands on the dark and creepy tale. I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with scary stuff. The majority of horror films give me nightmares for weeks, but I’ve never really experienced the same feeling with a book. Such Small Hands is a short novella, originally written in Spanish but translated by Lisa Dillman. Apparently it is based on a true story, which definitely made the whole book a lot scarier afterwards. Beautifully written, we follow the story of a young girl called Marina. The sole survivor of an accident that killed both her parents, Marina is sent to a girls orphanage. The story depicts not only her struggle to fit in, but her peers’ struggle to accept…