The Goldfish Boy
by Lisa Thompson
MG Mystery, Contemporary
Matthew Corbin suffers from severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. He hasn’t been to school in weeks. His hands are cracked and bleeding from cleaning. He refuses to leave his bedroom. To pass the time, he observes his neighbors from his bedroom window, making mundane notes about their habits as they bustle about the cul-de-sac.
When a toddler staying next door goes missing, it becomes apparent that Matthew was the last person to see him alive. Suddenly, Matthew finds himself at the center of a high-stakes mystery, and every one of his neighbors is a suspect. Matthew is the key to figuring out what happened and potentially saving a child’s life… but is he able to do so if it means exposing his own secrets, and stepping out from the safety of his home?
Well, well, my third MG review of the month? Who am I?
The Goldfish Boy is a book that has been in my TBR pile for ages. I don’t usually read a lot of MG, but as a writer with a main character who has OCD himself, I really wanted to get around to this to use as research and I was really impressed with what a lovely read it was!
This was a really fun mystery about a boy Matthew who struggles with OCD and finds himself confined to his room. From here he watches out his window at the street and what all his neighbours get up to. But one day when a toddler goes missing, Matthew realises that it’s up to him to solve the mystery and find out who took Teddy.
The characters were really well developed and I felt very fond of both Matthew and Melody. I loved how much depth Thompson gave to each character, such as Jake, because it really made for a more complex and interesting read. There wasn’t a point in the book where I was bored – I was consistently interested in what was going to happen next and wondering how everything would unfold and I think that’s what made the mystery element so strong.
It also had some great representation of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder that didn’t portray it in such a negative light but more so a hopeful one. If you’re looking for a good and light MG read, I would definitely recommend The Goldfish Boy!