Nothing to See Here

Kevin Wilson

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256 pages | first published 2019

Kevin Wilson’s best book yet—a moving and uproarious novel about a woman who finds meaning in her life when she begins caring for two children with remarkable and disturbing abilities

Lillian and Madison were unlikely roommates and yet inseparable friends at their elite boarding school. But then Lillian had to leave the school unexpectedly in the wake of a scandal and they’ve barely spoken since. Until now, when Lillian gets a letter from Madison pleading for her help.

Madison’s twin stepkids are moving in with her family and she wants Lillian to be their caretaker. However, there’s a catch: the twins spontaneously combust when they get agitated, flames igniting from their skin in a startling but beautiful way. Lillian is convinced Madison is pulling her leg, but it’s the truth.

Thinking of her dead-end life at home, the life that has consistently disappointed her, Lillian figures she has nothing to lose. Over the course of one humid, demanding summer, Lillian and the twins learn to trust each other—and stay cool—while also staying out of the way of Madison’s buttoned-up politician husband. Surprised by her own ingenuity yet unused to the intense feelings of protectiveness she feels for them, Lillian ultimately begins to accept that she needs these strange children as much as they need her—urgently and fiercely. Couldn’t this be the start of the amazing life she’d always hoped for?

With white-hot wit and a big, tender heart, Kevin Wilson has written his best book yet—a most unusual story of parental love.

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funny 83%
emotional 54%
dark 39%
hopeful 39%
lighthearted 23%
reflective 17%
adventurous 15%
inspiring 12%
mysterious 11%
sad 9%
tense 9%
challenging 6%
relaxing 3%
informative 0%


fast 64%
medium 34%
slow 1%

Strong character development?

Yes: 82% | It's complicated: 10% | No: 6%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 77% | It's complicated: 17% | No: 4%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 67% | It's complicated: 17% | Yes: 12% | N/A: 2%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 87% | It's complicated: 8% | No: 3% | N/A: 0%

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