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March 23, 2015


They say that what you
don't know can't hurt you.
They're wrong.

Gerard Kelly

The anger runs deep; form some untraceable darkness; and it is stealing his will to live.

(from Amazon)
Colom had the perfect childhood, the much-loved only child of a church pastor. Yet he wakes screaming from dreams in which his sister is drowning and he can’t save her.
Fiona turns to her husband, desperate to help their son. But David will not acknowledge that help is needed—and certainly not help from beyond the church.
Then they find the suicide pledge.
Fiona, in panic, takes Colom and flees… but when will she acknowledge that the unnamed demons Colom faces might be of her and David’s own creation?
This beautifully written and searching novel by poet Gerard Kelly explores the toxicity of secrets, the nature of healing, and the ever-present power of rain.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Fiction; 1st New edition edition (January 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782641297
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782641292
 Gerard Kelly is a writer, speaker and poet and a co-founder, with his wife Chrissie, of The Bless Network. Bless works alongside churches in the UK, France, The Netherlands, Croatia and Spain, empowering young people 'to encounter the God of mission and find their place in the mission of God'. A member of the 'Theme Group' of Spring Harvest, Europe's largest Christian teaching event and formerly Pastor of Crossroads International Church in Amsterdam, Gerard currently lives in Normandy, France, where he and Chrissie are developing a centre for missional formation.

As you read this book you will find it is a deep book, it will bring about emotions and it will put you to the test.
We all have secrets, some that could be very damaging if brought to the surface. Secrets  can be hurtful, not all of the time but usually.  They can tear a family apart. I found the book hard to read in places as it angered me.  There were other places that put a smile on my face.
The characters are Colom, the teenage son, Fiona, the wife and David Dryden.   David pastors a high profile church in London and is admired by his parishioners.
Colom has some behaviour issues that bring about family stress.   A friend of Colom's committed suicide and afterward a suicide commitment is found in Colom's room.  David finds he doesn't know what to do and Fiona in a panic, runs with Colom.  As you read the book,  you think you have it all figured out and you know what direction the plot is going.  Wrong, it's going in a different direction. As time goes on, the secrets start to pop up.  Secrets and lies go hand in hand and both are dangerous.   As the secrets and lies are revealed, the reader turns the pages faster to find out what the  ending is. If you like books that make you think you have it figured out and then find you are wrong and you still love it, this book is a good one for you.  It might make you sit back and think about some secrets or lies you have tried to hide.

I received a complimentary copy of THE BOY WHO LOVED RAIN from the author, Gerard Kelly and Kregel Blog Tours for my view of the book.

I would give this book 4 STARS.


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