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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.
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.
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! To be able to create a story of this magnitude, the author has to be extremely gifted and talented! This author is! Someone asked me to tell them what I found wrong with the book, if anything. Well, I did come across a couple of punctuation hiccups that were so small, I don’t feel the need to share it while raving about this FAN-TABULOUS BOOK! And RAVING about it, is what I plan to do for a very long time! RRBC members often email me and ask “Nonnie, what’s a good book to read?” I always respond with “Any that are sitting on NONNIE’S “RAVE” REVIEWS page.” Isn’t that where this one is sitting? Well, I guess you better go get the book so you can RAVE about it yourself! Books like this make me want to read nothing but INDIE books all the time! Kudos to the author!
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