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A House Without Windows by [Turner, Stevie]
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About the Author

I began my writing career as far back as 1969, when I won an inter-schools' writing competition after submitting a well-thumbed and hastily scribbled essay entitled 'My Pet'. A love of words and writing short stories and poems has carried on all throughout my life, but it is only now in middle age that I'm starting to take this writing business seriously. I have recently published my ninth book 'Revenge'. My novels tend to shy away from the mainstream somewhat and focus on the darker side of relationships, but you'll find I do like to add in a little bit of humour along the way! So here I am in the late summer of my life, and the words are tumbling out of my head. Living for more than a few years has given me plenty of experiences to write about, and I look forward to sharing quite a lot of them with you. I'm proud to announce that as of late 2014, A House Without Windows has earned a 5-star seal of approval from Nonnie Jules' Rave Reviews Book Club, and also the Readers' Favorite 5 star seal, and flits constantly in and out of the Amazon UK and US top 100 Kindle ebooks(paid) in the Fiction/Crime/Kidnapping sections. In January 2015 it won the Goodreads' eBookMiner Book of the Month Competition.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 913 KB
  • Print Length: 155 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1507579799
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: KDP; 2 edition (20 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HUH6R7Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,401 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I really liked how the author weaved between the different perspectives to tell this story in an unusual and unique way, spanning more than a decade.

At first, I was disappointed to make an all-too-similar comparison with Emma Donoghue's "Room" - same situation, with the story being told from the POV of the encarcerated room-born child.

However, sticking with it, it soon became clear that this was a novel with many facets to its narration. This is what makes it such a rich and compelling read.

I also particularly enjoyed the male perspective in this type of story, which is so often a female-led one. Joss's perspective in particular was an interesting read.

I had hoped for more of an insight into the captor's perspective, but understand how tricky this would have been to approach. However, it might have given it the edge I was hoping for.

Readers who enjoyed this approach may well enjoy reading Steena Holmes's "Emma's Secret", which approaches its narration from different viewpoints also.
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This is the story of Beth, a young woman abducted while pregnant with her boyfriend's baby. Her boyfriend Liam doesn't know she is carrying his child and then he's not sure if she's alive or dead when she disappears and is never seen again.

The story was slow burning because we begin with the point of view of Amy, the eight/nine year old daughter of captive Beth. I thought the references to Enid Blyton were apt but slightly overdone. The author allowed us to see how Amy, who'd never seen the outside world having been born into captivity, was able to develop an imagination and ideas about what to expect from the real world. She began to see how other children think and feel. It was good to have Amy's girlhood POV but I thought the first section could have been paced quicker.

The story shone when we got to the new challenges faced in the aftermath of escape. I'm an romance fan first and foremost so for me I'd have loved a lot more in the section where Liam and Beth fight to keep in touch and make sense of everything that happened. I thought so much, much more could have been made of their romance - but that's my opinion of course. I could have kept reading their story page after page after page and I wouldn't have minded. Personally their story was what made this book and if explored in much greater depth - could make this a real stormer, for me.

I appreciated Joss's POV and I commend the author on alternate 1st person/3rd person POVs. It's difficult to do but really worked as the story progressed.

If you can get over the slow start, you'll discover a really good story. Stevie is a class act but I'd love for her to be that little bit less shy when it comes to the sex scenes. I'd have loved more Beth and Liam and the struggles they faced.
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Really enjoyed this book!
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I must take a deep breath before I begin this review. I will share with you why, I must take this pause. Only a couple of days ago I finished reading another book (see below, 11/20/14) and it was awesome. Straight off the heels of that read, I pick this one up and I didn’t put it down until I’d completed the ENTIRE read! This book, A HOUSE WITHOUT WINDOWS, has been on my TBR list for a very long time. Now, I have to honestly say, I hate it took me so long to get to it. Authors come to me for reviews because they KNOW that they will get only honest ones. That’s evident, because every book you see sitting in my que, does not make it onto this page. Some don’t even make it onto Amazon, as the review I might give, would hurt them so much more than me not posting a review at all. So, I don’t know what you’ve heard before, but let me tell you the “truth” about A HOUSE WITHOUT WINDOWS.

When I began this read, the first thought that came to mind was the Ariel Castro kidnappings. As I watched that horrid story unfold back in early 2013, I felt the same tightening in my chest with every page turned in this book. It was unreal! Why? Because this story about a kidnapped young woman and her daughter who were held hostage for almost a decade, in a tiny room without any windows or sight of the outside world, was beautifully crafted and so well-told. While driving, I found myself “still” thinking about this book, wondering how a writer could tell such a tale, in the most marvelous of ways, without having experienced the actual pain. Readers have asked me the same question about my own novel, Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend, wondering if any of it were true. As my novel is all fiction, and if this one is all fiction, too, Stevie Turner is a writer for the ages!
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The color scheme of the book cover was done wonderfully. The light bulb was a symbol of the torment Beth and Amy went through and the blend of the illumination and the shade of green gave it a creepy ambiance. Simple yet very effective.

This book could have easily been divided into a series based on the varying conflicts in the book and the character dynamics. However, the author opted to divide this into different parts. For me, the different parts told by different characters in the story really helped me to connect with them and explore each one's dichotomy.

My favorite character was youthful Amy. She was smart, candid, and very brave. Quite a few moments I was in tears and cheered for her to have a wonderful outcome. My feelings for Liam and Joss were conflicted but their flaws made them highly realistic. I love this author's flair for giving her characters complexity and her ability to have your emotions ride a variety of waves: encouragement, anger, despair--the whole gambit!

The author also took her time with describing various locations. I felt like I was learning geography and going on a vacation at the same time. The balance between dialogue, conflict, humor, and narrative was sharp and did not miss a beat. Pace never became sluggish during times of back story and that can be tricky with a work that deals with so much emotional, physical, and psychological topics.

I first started reading Stevie's work with The Porn Detective and continued on with The Pilates Class. Stevie has continued to impress. Just when you think she is at her peak, a "you haven't seen anything yet" moment arises.

This is what A House Without Windows is for me. It has solidified this author as a permanent mainstay in my collection--both electronically and hopefully at some point, in paper form.

I highly recommend this fine work.
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