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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!Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I expected more, I'd ordered it based on reviews, but I found the book poorly written - using basic, simple language and stilted dialogue. Read morePublished 19 months ago by sandw
Dr Beth Nichols is abducted and held captive for about 8 or 9 years. Shortly before being kidnapped, she suspected that she might be pregnant, and ends up giving birth locked in a... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Harmony Kent
A rather rambling story at times. The imprisoned child's speech pattern and vocabulary were not particularly believable. Read morePublished 22 months ago by swingy42
This is a high 4 star rating from me, which means I DO love it, just not enough to place the book among the best I've ever read, regardless of genre and other aesthetics (that's... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jan Hawke
The first half of this book when Beth is kidnapped and help prisoner for 8 years is very cleverly written and the inclusion of the references to Enid Blyton's writing was very... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Bill
As a general rule, I tend to review and critique books in relation to the extent they have succeeded in satisfying their target readership. Read morePublished 24 months ago by professor
Loved this story of kidnap and abuse that was similar to Room but with more insight into different POVs and the aftermath. Would like to read more by this author. Easily 5 stars.Published on 26 Jun. 2015 by Bernie Morris
I was gripped from the start. We've all read stories about abduction but its rare that you get to know what happens to the surviving victims afterwards. Read morePublished on 13 May 2015 by Sukisu
Stevie Turner's writing sparkles in A House Without Windows. The author succeeds at smothering the shocking story of years-long kidnap in prose that takes the reader gently into... Read morePublished on 4 April 2015 by Amazon Customer