An unusual combination of the light-hearted and serious which works thanks to likeable characters and accessible writing. 4/5 stars.
The blurb: Nine-year-old Milo Moon has retinitis pigmentosa: his eyes are slowly failing and he will eventually go blind. But for now he sees the world through a pin hole and notices things other people don’t. When Milo’s beloved gran succumbs to dementia and moves into a nursing home, Milo soon realises there’s something wrong at the home. So with just Tripi, the nursing home’s cook, and Hamlet, his pet pig, to help, Milo sets out on a mission to expose the nursing home and the sinister Nurse Thornhill.
I enjoy stories narrated from multiple point-of-views (particularly in the third person). A great strength of What Milo Saw is that we don’t only get Milo’s twelve-year-old and partially-sighted take on events. Instead, his more immature world-view is nicely balanced by those of some of the adults in the story. And I’m delighted that this book features several characters in their seventies and eighties who are portrayed as complex people with their own needs and desires rather mere “story filler” or token “wise counsellors” to younger characters.