Mini-review: The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta

Title: The Piper’s Son
Author: Melina Marchetta
My rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars


Award-winning author Melina Marchetta reopens the story of the group of friends from her acclaimed novel Saving Francesca—but five years have passed, and now it’s Thomas Mackee who needs saving. After his favorite uncle was blown to bits on his way to work in a foreign city, Tom watched his family implode. He quit school and turned his back on his music and everyone that mattered, including the girl he can’t forget. Shooting for oblivion, he’s hit rock bottom, forced to live with his single, pregnant aunt, work at the Union pub with his former friends, and reckon with his grieving, alcoholic father. Tom’s in no shape to mend what’s broken. But what if no one else is either? An unflinching look at family, forgiveness, and the fierce inner workings of love and friendship, The Piper’s Son redefines what it means to go home again.


I find it really hard to write a review on this book. The Piper’s Son is a beautifully written poignant story which to my deep regret I’m not putting on my favorite shelf.

There were so many scenes that touched me, and I just know I would be rereading them in the future.

I highlighted so many passages and added them to my favorite quotes.

I loved so many things in this book. Why didn’t I love it?

  • I loved Marchetta’s trade-mark characterization.
  • I loved complex family relationship.
  • I loved wonderful friendships.
  • I loved painful portrait of the grief. I didn’t cry, but I was constantly on the verge of crying.
  • Georgie‘s letters to her dead little brother broke my heart.

I can go on and on with this list. It’s like I loved all those little pieces, but together they failed to make me fall in love with the story.

I still hope to find another favorite book by Marchetta besides Jelicoe Road, I don’t want her to be an author of one book for me.

My thoughts about the audiobook:

I switched from the audiobook to the e-book at 2%.

When it comes to narrators I’m a very patient listener. If I don’t like voice I still continue; and in many cases narration grows on me, and I end up enjoying the audiobook. Unfortunately I didn’t have it in me to listen to The Piper’s Son in audio format.

Michael Finney is a new-to-me narrator. Objectively his performance is good. But this is not how I imagined Tom’s voice while reading Saving Francesca. This is obviously “it’s me, it’s not you” case, so I advise to listen to audio sample and decide for yourself.

Note: I put Australian cover in my review on purpose. It’s perfect for this story. I don’t like American cover at all.

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6 Comments on “Mini-review: The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta

  1. Sorry to hear you didn’t fall in love with this story. I do think On the Jellicoe Road is wonderful, but I think I loved this one just as much. I really need to do a re-read, because it’s been years since I read this. I wonder what I’d think of it now. I can understand switching to the e-book since the narrator wasn’t working for you. If a narrator bugs me it can ruin the story, even if its a great story, so I do the same. Great review, Ksenia :)
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  2. Melina Marchetta’s books are pretty hit or miss for me, but I haven’t read this one yet. I’m not sure if I’m going to, because honestly it sounds SO painful! There’s something really magical about Jellicoe Road for me because it was my first Marchetta, so going back and re-reading it is enough usually. I do want to read her YA fantasy trilogy though!
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  3. Aww, I’m sorry you didn’t fall head-over-heels for this one! I think it’s such a darker story than I was expecting but I still adored it. Jellicoe Road is by far her best work but I love her fantasy series SO MUCH so definitely read that if you haven’t already!

  4. I’ve wanted to The Piper’s Son for soooo long and I have it on my Kindle but I (don’t throw anything at me!) didn’t like Jelicoe Road so I’m afraid to try anything else knowing how much everyone loves Marchetta.

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