I would like to take this opportunity to thank Anne Cater for the opportunity to read and review The Home. My thanks also go out to Karen Sullivan of Orenda Books for sending me a copy of the book and publishing it. I can’t imagine it was a difficult choice to publish. Last but by no means least my thanks to Sarah Stovell for such an emotive page turner.
The Back of the Book
When the body of a pregnant fifteen-year-old is discovered in a churchyard on Christmas morning, the community is shocked, but unsurprised. For she lived in The Home, the residence of three young girls, whose violent and disturbing pasts have seen them cloistered away…
As a police investigation gets underway, the lives of Hope, Lara and Annie are examined, and the staff who work at the home are interviewed, leading to shocking and distressing revelations … and clear evidence that someone is seeking revenge.
I agreed to read and review The Home knowing that there may be sections of the book that I found difficult because of my own personal background. Although there were a few areas that I struggled with I can say that this is because of my current state of mind and I believe is solely a personal experience.
The Home takes you through the lives of Hope, Annie and Lara. The struggles they have had to endure and how each of them try to fight their demons in their own ways.
It is a truly devastating story leading to a tragic loss of life.
All of the girls were easy to relate to. I found the story believable and can imagine that there are children in care that have been through similar life experiences.
If I could have reached into the book and rescued Hope, Annie and Lara I would have. I felt for every single one of them and wanted justice to be done.
But then…… what can I say, the twists and turns make you wonder where Sarah Stovell gets these ideas!
I recommend The Home to any crime and thriller readers. This will have you gripped from the start.
Sarah Stovell was born in 1977 and spent most of her life in the Home Counties before a season working in a remote North Yorkshire youth hostel made her realise she was a northerner at heart. She now lives in Northumberland with her partner and two children and is a lecturer in Creative Writing at Lincoln University. Her debut psychological thriller, Exquisite, was called ‘the book of the summer’ by the Sunday Times.
The Home will be published on 6 February 2020 by Orenda Books. Visit the Orenda Books website for more details on where to purchase.
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