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Raw! Passionate! Hard hitting!

I was left with these words when I finished reading this book by author Sarah Stovell.

3 young girls Annie and Hope age 15 and Lara age 12 were residents of a home when one of them was found dead with the other crying over her body. Lara didn’t speak. The story of their lives past and present and the dreams of their future, real and imagined, unfurled in front of my eyes in bits and pieces.

My first book by this author, pulled me into the story with every word. Even when I wanted to stop reading due to the uncomfortable, dark world of these girls, I couldn’t seem to do so. The prose explored the dark psyche of the humans, and I couldn’t help but feel horror and pity for what these children had gone through.

Human mind needs comfort and familiarity, and the author brought that out so well with the way these children grasped theirs. The book dealt with a lot of social issues and abuse, some of which did make me sigh with pain. I knew how the death occurred, and that made the ending so much more poignant as I was hit with the realization how our childhoods affect us.

A book of shadows which had the dark truth told in a straight yet suspenseful manner.

I received a free ARC from NetGalley and publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

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When the body of pregnant, fifteen-year-old Hope Lacey is discovered in a churchyard on Christmas morning, the community is shocked, but unsurprised. For Hope lived in The Home, the residence of three young girls, whose violent and disturbing pasts have seen them cloistered away…
As a police investigation gets underway, the lives of Hope, Lara and Annie are examined, and the staff who work at the home are interviewed, leading to shocking and distressing revelations … and clear evidence that someone is seeking revenge.
A gritty, dark and devastating psychological thriller, The Home is also an emotive drama and a piercing look at the underbelly of society, where children learn what they live … if they are allowed to live at all.

Publication Date: January 2020

Publisher: Orenda Books

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      1. Hi, Shalini. I hope 2020 will be better than 2019. 🤦🏽‍♀️
        I’m hangin’ in there. 😉 Thanks for asking. ❤️
        How’ve you been doing?

      1. That makes it sound so bad that I would enjoy such a book, but I know I probably would, not because of the subject but it’s the type of book I do read, trying so hard to steer clear of anything emotional. I have pre ordered.

        1. Me too. No emotional stuff this year Jackie… OK not many…
          That’s why all books you read go into my TBR… You are my inspiration

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