Top positive review
A sensitive subject handled expertly. Not for the faint of heart.
22 May 2017
I loved this book. I couldn't put it down - well, on the rare occasions I had to put it down due to life getting in the way, I couldn't stop thinking about it. My mind kept racing with ideas of who Sam was, her relationship with her parents and sister, and why she ended up in a unit for anorexic girls.
Sam is housed in a unit for anorexic girls. She wants to die. Then Clive, the manager, tries a radical therapy with her - to make her face her past, and hopefully to set her free. I really enjoyed the way the book was set out - the current, in the anorexic unit with the other girls, and her telling her story through photographs she'd taken to Clive, the therapist. It switched back and forth, but was easy to follow and you knew when it was the present and when it was the past.
I really felt for Sam. I've never had experience of anorexia, but I understood her need to be in control, and that was the one way she could be in control throughout the messy situation she faced when she turned 16 and the years after. I felt the story was very accurate in describing anorexia - but as I stated, I've never experienced it, only read about it. But it seemed very believable, especially her relationship with Pearl, the struggle with wanting to save someone else but not being well enough to save yourself, let alone someone else.
I've given this 4 stars. If I'd reviewed it as soon as I'd finished, it would have been 5 stars. It was only when I'd finished the book that I started to think about the plot holes, which shows they didn't matter too much during the story, but upon finishing it was a little bit of an issue (such as surely someone covering for someone else in a criminal matter would be charged with perverting the course of justice?) - there are more, but I can't go on without spoiling the book, which I will not do as it's such a good one and one that keeps you guessing what's going to happen throughout.
In all, it's a great book that I'm glad I read, and I shall certainly be on the lookout for more from this author. I would recommend it for anyone that wants a good read.