Many thanks to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for my spot on this Blog Tour.
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
Excellent review on a difficult to read book.
Very hard hitting but very close to the truth. Thank you so much ❤️ happy new year ❤️ happy 2020
Sounds creepy and thought-provoking! Great review!
Thank you. This sure was very hard hitting to know what the kids underwent
Happy New Year ❤️
Happy New Year!💕
Thank you so much ❤️ Happy New Year ❤️ Happy 2020
This sounds brilliant, but quite distressing, Shalini. Happy New Year.
Very very disturbing. Happy new year Roberta ❤️
Great review! I just started reading this book this morning and it’s so gripping.
Many more griping reads to both of us.
This sounds like a tough one to read. But you gave us a well-rounded review of it, Shalini. Thank you and good job!!😉
Happy new year ♥️ how are you?
Hi, Shalini. I hope 2020 will be better than 2019. 🤦🏽♀️
I’m hangin’ in there. 😉 Thanks for asking. ❤️
How’ve you been doing?
Really looking forward to reading this one.
I am sure you would love it. It is hard hitting and about child abuse
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.
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
Thank you 🙏🏻
Happy New Year, Shalini! ♥️
Happy new year Jennifer ♥️
Outstanding review – the new decade is off to an excellent start!
Haha I hope it continues so… 😂
Thank you so much ❤️
Fab review. This has really piqued my interest ❤
Thank you so much ❤️ I hope you like it too
I think I will – it sounds brilliant
This sounds truly wonderful with powerful and heavy subjects! Great review, Shalini! 😀
Happy new year Lashaan… Thank you so much ❤️ how are you?
Good! Hope you’re doing good as well! 😀
I am fine. Thank you so much ❤️
Awesome review, Shalini. This sounds like a very dark book, and not one I think I could read. You do get into some heavy stuff…
I don’t think it is for you… It is about grooming child abuse and other dark stuff
Great review. I finished this one new years eve, my post is due tomorrow so writing up a review today
Woohoo…. I wait eagerly for your review
Huge thanks for the blog tour support x
Thank you so much ❤️ for inviting me