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Untouchable Paperback – 28 Jul 2016
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I love Sibels books and have read all but two of them. She writes comedy as well as she does thrillers. One of my very favourites !!
Sibel Hodge has created very real characters rich in detail, I couldn’t help becoming attached to Maya whose grief and determination to find out the truth made her a very likeable and intriguing protagonist. The POV alternate between Maya and James certainly made this book all the more intriguing . The chapters told from James POV are both heart breaking and disturbing, they mostly explore his childhood and the horrific secrets he kept hidden from Maya. Jamie’s story is not one for the faint hearted it’s a miserable tale of abuse, but I would say in the authors defence it’s not overly Graphic, and Sybil Hodge deals with the subject with real empathy.
Inspired by real UK police investigations this book unfortunately makes for a very credible and heart breaking read as it explores the issues of abuse and the high end of society having the money and power to cover up their atrocities. How many times have you read or heard about such cover ups? I for one have read numerous cases and this is what makes Untouchables such a dark and seriously disturbing read, I for one felt so many emotions reading this book especially knowing such harrowing events are still going on today.
This is certainly not a book I would describe as a light read due to the subject matter, but it’s a story well told and one I would definitely describe it as gripping and very dark. It’s a compelling read and one that evoked very strong emotions due to the nature of the abuse, yes it’s harrowing and very upsetting but unfortunately such events are very much part of society today, and I believe the author has highlighted this with sympathy and understanding. Untouchables will certainly be added to my top reads of 2016, and I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a psychological read, although I do feel “enjoy” is not a word that can be used comfortably with this book as its so both heartbreakingly credible and harrowing.
Having read Trafficked (if you haven’t read it, you need to), I did not expect this to be an easy read, I was so right, I couldn’t put the book down.
Sibel has an amazing ability to draw you into her books, you are there living the life of the character. The first section is written chapter by chapter on the two main characters, Jamie and Maya, each time it was Jamie’s chapter continuing the story of his tragic childhood, I thought, I cannot read this, but of course you do, I cried , felt his desperation, his hopelessness, his “almost “ acceptance that life would never change.
The next two sections take you through the “aftermath “ at a racing pace, again your emotions will be turned upside down , frustration and the thought that they will get away with it pursue you to the end of the book.
I give this book five stars for the courage it took to research and write, for raising the awareness of child prostitution and pornography , for writing a story that gives retribution for the characters and the reader not in a conventional way for as we all know “cover ups” are a real life event and justice is not always served.
Congratulation Sibel for tackling and raising awareness of this terrible trade which men and women have and still do perpetuate against defenseless children, I am sure this will be another award winning book.
Other books by Sibel I have read and thoroughly enjoyed are:
Look Behind You, The See Through Leopard, Where Memories Lie and of course Trafficked.