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Black and White

By McQueenSerialFantasy, author of Exiles

Jul 20, 2018: What can I say?

Touch is a good read but also a puzzling one, combining themes and narratives that aren’t ordinarily seen side-by-side. The result is a complex experience, which is both good and bad.

The story is well composed and the writing is solid, a huge plus point because the story itself is incredibly dense, particularly at an emotional level, and craftsmanship errors would have resulted in a big problem. The density of the story is made palatable by the fact that the author delivered the narrative with well-honed skill. There are places where the phrase "less is more" could be applied, but the story and the characters never fail to come across clearly.

As far as the story is concerned, I am conflicted. Touch covers the VERY dark themes of child sexual abuse and emotional trauma (I will echo other reviewers here and say that it deals with these topics in a way that is respectful and responsible) but sets them alongside the ordinarily adventurous and playful themes of child-superhero narratives. I read superhero stories for fun, and the dark backdrop of Touch was more than a little jarring. However, if you take the subject matter at face value, Touch offers a thoughtful (and necessarily painful) exploration of "what might happen" were those two worlds to collide.

If you’re aiming for a deep, intellectual read that’s off the beaten path of fiction, have a look. Touch will give you everything you’re looking for and more. It’s probably also worth mentioning that someone looking for a (slightly) lighter treatment of the underlying dark subject matter would probably find Touch useful as a more approachable way to find insight without diving fully into the horrors of criminal psychology.

All in all, a well-written pairing of odd opposites: Light but heavy; dark, but bright.

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