In the derelict house next door to a building site, Dawn lives with a young woman who says to call her Mum. Dawn loves the hole in the roof, where she can always see blue. She loves her book of birds and she loves Mrs Goring, the old lady who lives on the ground floor.
But when Dawn's medicine runs out and Mrs Goring disappears, Dawn begins to see the world as it really is.
Next door, the new facility to hold children like her is almost finished.
But Dawn wants to live. Can she escape, find Mrs Goring and the truth about her family before the doors to the Sparehouse open?
The threat is grim, but hope is alive and well.
Is that enough to save a generation of 'spares' like Dawn?
“This is a story of the evil mankind can do, and how even the least of us can fight it. Though it’s not entirely grim it’s dark enough, twisty enough, and yes, even innocent enough to keep one turning pages. The characters are beautifully wrought, the setting is created almost effortlessly and even the hardest heart melts for Dawn and her dilemma. My taste in genres lies elsewhere but I will always read a J. M. Carr novel now - and I’m especially looking forward to the sequel to this one. I highly recommend Spare.”