Thursday, 30 June 2016

Hollie Overton

A debut novel tackling a much-used premise with a fresh eye. This lady's writing will bear watching.

My review -

This book begins when a young woman held captive for eight years, and her daughter, fathered by her captor and abuser, manage to escape. It is bound to invite comparison with Room. I much preferred this. Lily and her daughter, Sky, escape when their captor makes a mistake and doesn't bolt the door. Happily ever after? Not likely! Lily's twin, Abby and her mother, Eve, have been so deeply affected by her disappearance that their own lives have been changed almost as much as hers.

I enjoyed the fact that this story began where others leave off. We gain some insight from Lily about what happened to her in her captivity but that's not what this story is about. It's about all the other lives touched and tainted by the crime. Not only her family, but her abductor’s too. His wife who apparently didn't suspect his perverse behaviour. His mother, Lily's grandparents, her boyfriend at the time she was taken. We watch the subsequent struggle for a normal future by people who have had a big chunk of their past stolen. I found it totally gripping.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

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