Skin cage by Nico Laeser
A good book in my opinion is a book that engages its reader, provokes emotions and can be hard to put down. If it is beautiful, well written and leaves you sitting open-mouthed in awe at the end, than it is a great book. This is a great book. We see the world through Danny’s eyes. Left in an apparently vegetative state by a parasite, he is trapped in his cage of skin, unable to communicate. We get to understand his world as various characters in his life appear before him. Loss, love, anger and death are some of the themes explored. The subject matter is not an easy one but Mr Leaser has handled it sensitively while still creating an easy to read book. Short chapters with a good pace kept me engaged to the very end. The chapters themselves have rather unique headers. Never dipping into sentimentality and a good dose of humour made this a well-balanced story. I cared for the main character Danny a lot; despite his predicament and suffering he retains great humanity. Hope is the main sentiment I take away from this book. Things might seem futile, but if you persevere and be a caring human being, you might be doing more than you realise. Can’t wait to read more of this author and I highly recommend this book.