This review is dedicated to all you wonderful mothers who love and protect your kids and who would sacrifice their entire life for them!!
You ask me – why this sudden dedication on a book review? Am I so sentimental? No!!
I am scared stiff!! This book had a mother who was psychotic, who wanted a daughter to control, keep her forever as a pet!!
I shudder and shiver and I thank the author Zosia Wand for this. I have envisioned the entire book, and I am writing this review with gritted teeth, just to stop myself from screaming and knocking some sense into these characters. Communication is the key, you idiots!! (That’s me communicating to the characters of the book!!) (At this rate this review is going to have a lot of exclamatory points!!!!)
The characters are neither strong nor weak, they are manipulated, and they are manipulative. They are cunning and yet they are innocent. They know everything but yet do not want to admit anything. They can be strong, yet they choose to be weak.
Did I like any of them? Nooo!!
Did they bring out intense emotions? Yessss!!
My friend Nicole (🐻) says any book which brings out emotions is good. Then this book must be good.
Did I think this book is good? Noo!!! Because the manipulator was manipulating till the last page, and everyone seemed to be twiddling their thumbs. The characters should have growth.
Did they grow here? Yesss!! They grew from manipulators to physical abusers!!! Sheesh!! And there was still a doubt “was I really hit?” NOOOO, YOU JUST WANTED TO TEST THE STAIRS BY ROLLING DOWN THEM AND BREAKING YOUR ANKLE!!!!
At the end of this book I can say only one thing -— I want my mommy because this one was horrifying, she scared me totally, and I am going to have nightmares the entire night!!!
All in all a good book, it made me to go to my mother and hug her tight and thank her for loving me.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Head of Zeus, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
My rating : 3.5 stars
About the Author
Zosia Wand is an author and playwright. She was born in London and lives in Cumbria with her family. She is passionate about good coffee, cake and her adopted landscape on the edge of the Lake District. Her first novel, Trust Me, was published by Head of Zeus in 2017.
Eve and Neil live in the beautiful Cumbrian town of Tarnside. After years of trying for a baby, they are in the final stages of adopting four-year-old Milly.
They just have to pass the ‘settling in’ period – three months of living together as a family under watchful eyes – and then they can make it official.
For Eve, her heartbreak is nearly at an end. She now has this perfect little girl in her life, a little girl who calls her mummy.
But Eve’s dream of a happy family is fragile. Any hint of trouble and social services will take Milly away. One misunderstanding, one rumour, one accusation, could smash Eve’s family to pieces.
Publication date : 1st June, 2018
Publisher : Head of Zeus
This mother scared me!!!
Whoa, this one sounds scary! I hope you don’t have too many nightmares!
Over and done with yesterday… Hahaha I prefer forgetting such mothers
Haha good! I can’t say I blame you for wanting to forget. 😊
Fantastic review Shalini! This would normally be the type of book I’d gravitate toward, except for the mother. Mine was psychotic and at 53 I’m still feeling the after effects of her physical and psychological abuse, so I’m afraid that this story might be too much for me.
Yikes… Gawd then please avoid… This mother was terrible…
Thank God we are better people Kim, even when so many bad things happened to us…
There is strength in our character.. That’s all I can say.
You are strong ❤️
We can always keep fighting for Roarke.. We are bound in all ways… Bound by our love for him ♥️💜 and for each other
Okay. Definitely skipping it. I don’t need to add to my nightmares.
I think one of the things that draws me to Eve and the delicious Roarke is that they both survived hellish childhoods.🤗
Same here. I love the way how he allows her to be her and he is always there with her. That’s what has always been missing in my life
Hey… I thought the whole point of having kids was to get them to do stuff for us? Jus kidding!
This one does sounds super scary with the excessive manipulation. I have to say, your recent set of reviews have been very attention gripping and keeping! Drama! Lol.
Heartbreak drama caused an outpouring of emotions in reviews… Go me!!!
Aww. It really does seem like you channeled. Writing can be so therapeutic!
I bought fantasy books where the main character carries a sword, soon my reviews would have the cutting edge… Hehehe or I am going to have wonderful dreams
Hahahaha… you gonna go all Amazon on us then.
Hahaha… Probably. But I will channel Kill Bill… I prefer her… She was skillful with sword
Oh dear… everyone.. Duck and hide!
Hahaha.. Not you guys… The men oh yea!!!
Well this one sounds disturbing. Great review though. 🙂
Thanks!!! Very disturbing!! But fun!!!
Yikes. If you’re scared, Shalini, then I’m scared. I love an edge-of-your-seat read, but I HATE being scared (no horror movies for me). And being a mother, I’m doubly scared. It sounds interesting, but I’m debating whether or not I’m brave enough to check this one out…
It is good, but the mother is bad.. Though I would like to help author and say buy their book, this was a bit scary… Mother was manipulative, only the daughter couldn’t see. I don’t think you would ever write something like this..
But I am going to be very eager to see what you write after Dregs…
I’m revising the Healer right now. I hope you like the changes I’m making. 🙂 After the dregs…who knows. That’s a little ways down the road. But I promise it won’t be scary/horror. LOL. 🙂
I hope you write an action mystery thriller… You may fantasy too… Giving it a little darker vibe… Just thinking…
I like the way we discuss everything… I hope success kisses your footsteps all the way always… All my good vibes for you always 😘😘
Awww. You, too. 🙂
Ha ha!!! Definitely sounds good to me!! If it evoked strong emotions then it MUST be good!even if the strong emotion is a murderous rage. 😂😉🐻🐻
I knew you would like this review. I channeled you totally when I wrote this🐻🐻
I could feel it. My uncle kept wondering when I was screaming “Shalini, GET OUT OF MY HEAD!!!” 😉 (except I know you wrote this on the weekend!)
Nooo I wrote it yesterday and adjusted the rest of the scheduling…. I was chatting with you guys and writing this review… So it is all me…
Ha ha! Well, I feel better then!
Where is cozy babe, no post no comment?
I know! She’s definitely awake by now!! Maybe she’s avoiding us… We can be a little much. 😉
No no never… Not we… Only you DEVILESS.. And she is here!! I just received a comment from her
Loved your very spirited review and no, it doesn’t sound like one I’ll read. I have enough scary drama in my life, thank you very much!
Same here… And this book added to it… I need to read some cute ones… Too many nightmares
You are brave, Shalini. Quite an intense read it seems. Another good review.
Thank you so much Amitav, it is wonderful to read your comments..
Thank You is Shalini
I’m scared of this one!
I was too… 😂
This was amazing review boss
Yayy you liked? Thank you so much
I liked the way you wrote the review the best, reading your other reviews too, still more 4 or 5 read
This was written in sarcastic humor as I was so angry with the main characyer
When you are angry with a created character it will be the success of the author
Yes but this surpassed stupidity. The 6 year old child realized what was happening yet her mother could not see a