The School From Hell by Larry Higdon is a contemporary novel that follows on from The Storms Of Deliverance. It is another powerful read told in the first person from the point of view of Katy (who is Johnson’s ex wife from the previous book). The style is engaging as I really felt I was ‘experiencing’ life as Katy.
The novel is difficult to read at times due to the topics covered. Set in a poor school in a deprived area with small children who have tough lives, the reader really feels the desperation. It is in this desperation that bonds are formed. “Who knew what a difference you made in the life of another person?” Small children will grab kindness where they can.
There are uncomfortable subjects of child abuse, neglect and drug taking. It is in this atmosphere that some children live. Their lives are heart breaking.