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Without You [Paperback]

Saskia Sarginson
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17 July 2014

1984, Suffolk

When 17-year-old Eva goes missing at sea, everyone presumes that she drowned. Her parents' relationship is falling apart, undermined by guilt and grief. But her younger sister, Faith, refuses to consider a life without Eva; she's determined to find her sister and bring her home alive.

Close to the shore looms the shape of an island - out of bounds, mysterious, and dotted with windowless concrete huts. What nobody knows is that inside one of the huts Eva is being held captive. That she is fighting to survive - and return home.

In a captivating blend of mystery, thriller and emotional family drama, Without You will leave you unsettled, even as it touches your heart.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (17 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749958707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749958701
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This atmospheric story is very readable and its setting is beautifully evoked (Sunday Mirror)

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A captivating blend of psychological suspense and emotional family drama, this is an unforgettable new novel from the author of The Twins.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely intense read 9 Mar 2014
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This is a very dark, sombre, intense read. It tells the story of a family struggling to come to terms with the fact that their daughter, Eva is missing at sea, presumed drowned. Her parents, Clara and Max don't seem to be drawing comfort from each other and their marriage seems to be falling apart at the seams.

What they don't know is that Eva survived and is being held captive on a nearby island (not a spoiler, as this fact is in the book description). This part of the story made really gripping reading. It has the same dark and intense atmosphere as the sections dealing with her parents, and tends to revolve around the relationship or non-relationship that develops between her and her captor, especially as we delve into her captor's past to find the key that sets in motion the events in the book.

Sister Faith is the only person who believes that Eva could be alive, but nobody will take her seriously, she is only a child after all. Her part of the story is quite a welcome relief, seeing events from a child's point of view and I really liked these segments.

As the story draws on, there are family secrets that come out of the closet both from the early days of Eva and Max's marriage and also Eva's own secrets, as well as those of her captor.

It was a very intriguing well plotted story, that flowed with well and with characters who behaved in a believable way in awful circumstances. The ending is extremely satisfying and just right.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written and a joy to read! 29 Jun 2014
By Stef L
Format:Kindle Edition
This book captivated me from the very beginning, its a perfect blend of drama with a psychological edge. Conceptually original and unique, as Eva's parents grieve for her whilst in reality she is trapped only a few miles from home.
Told through multiple points of view each narrative captures the essence and core of the character, bringing to life Faith's youthful effervescence and the harrowing grief of her parents Max and Clara.
Eva's story is hauntingly graphic and the island is described in such detail that I could feel its oppressive force pressing down on me. The character of Billy captured through Eva's eyes was both repulsive yet pitiful.
The book has a strong mythological feel as fairytale blurs with reality and the Wild Man becomes more than just a creature that Faith believes in.
A dark and disturbing story that resonates with Faith and hope, beautifully written and a joy to read.
Thank you so much to the publishers and NetGalley for the copy, highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping through out 10 Sep 2014
At a great price of £3.85 on Amazon every reader should grab a copy.

Without You is a superb story full of suspense, this story is part a mystery and a thriller. It will touch every readers heart.

A family are sailing at sea when a storm hits their boat leading to one of their daughters Eva lost at sea. The parents believe Eva is dead but the youngest daughter Faith believes that her sister is alive.

The parents thought Eva was lost for ever. But what no one knows is that Eva is being held captive, and that she is fighting to survive and return home.

I read and enjoyed The Twins by Saskia Sarginson, but I enjoyed this emotional suspense much more. I highly recommend Without You.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex and satisfying 17 Aug 2014
By Bookie
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed Saskia Sargenson's debut novel The Twins and was looking forward to her new book, Without You. It's another compelling tale of relationships, secrets and family tensions and I I was totally absorbed.

It's a clever story, apparently simple, but the interest lies in the complexity of each character. The nuances of the difficulties each experience is captured to perfection in a narrative which sweeps you along. The story unfolds a little at a time. Initially, the reader can listen in on conversations and events as an impartial observer. But the skill of the story is the way in which the reader is drawn further and further into what is happening currently. Eva, the missing daughter is being held captive on a small island. The reader knows this and has the advantage over the main characters, who, with one exception, believe her to be dead. Eva's father is filled with guilt and remorse and has only partial memory of a boating accident in which his daughter was swept away. But all is far from what it seems in this complex tale.

The plot moves backwards and forwards easily as the picture fills up with the detail around Eva and her family. It's a satisfying story which works well both figuratively and literally. It's just on the right side of plausible! But the great strength lies in the characters; their emotions are laid raw and the way family relationships and dynamics are affected is interesting. All in all, well crafted and perceptive and I enjoyed it.

My thanks to Netgalley for a review copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL AND HAUNTING! 16 Jun 2014
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Stunningly beautiful and haunting, Without You by Saskia Sarginson is a suspenseful story that captures the trauma and tragedy surrounding the disappearance of a teenage girl at sea. In its wake, a family is drawn into a whirlpool of uncertainty, shaking the very foundation of the ties that bind the family together, and the persistent and unwavering hope of a forlorn and heart-broken younger sister for the return of her older sister. Crafting an incredibly compelling tale full of suspense and family drama, Sarginson’s riveting and captivating story is one of the finest that I read this year.

Just a month after celebrating her seventeenth birthday, Eva and her father Max were sailing on a sailboat when the sky darkened to black and a storm blew up out of nowhere, and Eva was flung out of the boat, and disappeared into the cold water. The extensive search to locate her went in vain, and everyone presumed she had drowned. The family is devastated. Though Eva’s younger sister Faith is adamant that her sister is still alive, she’s unable to convince any. Faith is certain that her sister has survived and is now fighting for survival on a small island off the shores of Suffolk that once housed military sites.

The initial shock gives way to anger, and Eva’s parents Max and Clara started blaming each other, and their marriage is on the verge of falling apart. It is up to Faith to risk everything and let her intuition and belief guide her to the island and rescue Eva, if she is indeed on the island as she believed. Saskia Sarginson has populated the book with endearing characters, prime among them is Billy, who you will get to meet as you read the story. His story and that of the principal character Eva is truly absorbing. Without You by Saskia Sarginson is a story about loss, faith, love and belonging.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Loved her first book, The Twins, it was so well written so had high expectations for this book but it wasn't as good. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Sue UK
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Really enjoyed this book. As in her other book, it explores the theme of siblings and their relationships with some interesting perspectives. Definitely worth a read.
Published 20 days ago by RW
3.0 out of 5 stars An OK read
Seventeen year old Eva is presumed drowned after a sailing accident, but her body is never recovered. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Amanda Jenkinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Without You
It created a good picture of the area and the storyline was good. I liked that way it did small chapters of each different character to explain the story through their eyes, so of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bourney
4.0 out of 5 stars Just a very very good book
This book tells it how it is! Just a good story that has you thinking , and wondering all the way through. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Susan Pringle
5.0 out of 5 stars Got me right through until the end
I really would like to thank Little, Brown Book Group UK via Net Galley for allowing me to read the brilliant compelling book. I just couldn't leave it alone. Read more
Published 1 month ago by read-along-with-Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart wrenching
Without You is a gripping tale of a kidnapped girl, Eva whose family believe has drowned in a boating accident, all except her sister Faith who is convinced that she’s alive and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by sarasarre
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story, nicely done.
Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy via netgalley.

1984 – Suffolk, England. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Liz Wilkins
4.0 out of 5 stars A Sister's Love
When 17-year old Eva is out sailing in the calm Suffolk seas with her father, a terrible storm brews up and Eva is swept over board. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ismay1012
5.0 out of 5 stars What a brilliant read!
What a brilliant read!
'Without You' is a real page turner....from the minute you read the first page, you will not be able to put this book down. Read more
Published 2 months ago by K L Silverstein
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