A copy of The Watchman was kindly sent to me by Matt Langford in exchange for an honest review.
The Watchman tells the story of Adam, a young man with an unnamed learning disability, in his words and through his eyes.
Although Adam is not necessarily always a likeable character it is very interesting to look at his world the way he sees it – he can only communicate to his family and carers in certain ways and struggles to understand why he is the way he is and why he can’t understand people or be understood by them.
I found it really interesting looking at the family dynamic from his perspective, as a reader we understand a lot more about what is happening within his family and the wider world and this really made me feel for Adam and understand his frustration. I have had a lot of experience with special needs so I’m somewhat aware of how difficult it can be, both for the person with special needs and the people who look after them; it can be extremely hard for both to deal with, and my heart went out to Adam, his parents and his siblings.
Langford has portrayed Adam and his family extremely well and I think a lot of people would benefit from reading this. Like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, it deals with special needs in a sympathetic and understanding way, showing people what it can be like for a person with special needs who is trying to understand the world around them.
Read: September 13th-14th 2013