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Sophie by Guy Burt

“[Sophie] combines the creepy narrative power of a young William Golding with the disturbingly accurate memory of what it is like to be a child. . . . So good that one can only wonder what [Burt] will do next.”
—The Times (London)
In a dark room of a dilapidated house, as a storm rages outside, Matthew lights a candle and places it in the center of the floor. Its light spreads across the wall and illuminates Sophie, tied up in a chair facing him. She is frightened, fearful of what he might do next. But for now, it seems, all Matthew wants to do is talk. Talk about the events of nearly twenty years ago, about their strange childhood, and about the summer when Sophie grew up and everything changed . . . forever.
Young Mattie and Sophie lived in a world seemingly without constraints. Their cold mother barely paid attention to her children. Their father, a mere shadow in their lives, was never home. So Mattie and Sophie had the run of the gardens and the woods beyond. They played youthful games, but Sophie was extraordinarily intelligent, a fact she took great pains to hide from her teachers, so as not to stand out. Sophie was everything to Mattie, and he worshiped her. He wanted to know her secrets, the things that went on inside her brilliant mind. But Sophie was changing. And the summer before she went away to boarding school, the things she had worked so hard to conceal would come spilling out—and Mattie would have to live with the shocking consequences.
Now he’s all grown up, too, and Matthew wants answers to the questions that still darken his mind—no matter what the cost. . . .
From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780552995320
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Limited
Publication date: 01/28/2000
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.48(h) x (d)

About the Author

Guy Burt won the W. H. Smith Young Writers Award when he was twelve. He wrote The Hole, his first novel, when he was eighteen. He is also the author of Sophie and The Dandelion Clock. Burt attended Oxford University and taught for three years at Eton. He lives in Oxford.

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Sophie 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was interesting, but it was kinda confusing for me. It was hard to understand some of the things since it didn't give all that much information. I figured out some of it though. The ending is what confused me most though. I thought I knew what was going on, then I was totally lost. It was a ok book, but I don't think its for everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a good book but if you don't like weird things then you probably shouldn't read it. The only bad part about it is that some of the things you have to figure out yourself are a little too hard to figure out because of how little information is given. But it's still interesting. I recommend at least giving it a try. Again, not meant for everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay this book was written well and i loved how there were twists and turns in every chapter!.. I understand the story pretty much up until the last few others, i was waiting til the end so i could get my questions answered, but I am still left confused...? I reread the last couple of chapters many times and still dont get it. can ANYONE please let me know what the ending means, this is bugging me so much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book. It took me a while to get into it but so well worth it. It will blow you away.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked it- was very interesting and I couldn't put it down. It was really frusterating, however, because I couldn't figure it out either, and I also know I'm not an idiot. Some of the events I was able to piece together, but the ending didn't answer many of my questions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I consider myself to be pretty perceptive and yet by the end of this book, I was no more clued into what happened than I'd been on page one. I tore through the pages looking for the conclusion, and with it, an explanation for what really upset Matthew about Sophie. That much I was able to deduce, but as for the final part, what happened? I would not recommend this book. Bizarre and not all that entertaining.