The twisty new psychological thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author
A race against time to save her child…
In seven days, Maggie’s son, Max, turns three. But she’s not planning a party or buying presents or updating his baby book. She’s dreading it. Because in her world, third birthdays are the days on which the unthinkable happens… she loses her child.
For the last twelve years Maggie has been imprisoned in a basement. Abducted aged fifteen, she gave birth to two sons before Max, and on their third birthdays, her captor came and took them from her.
She cannot let it happen again. But she has no idea how to stop it. And the clock is ticking…
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is such a powerful story that set my emotions on fire. There wasn’t really a lot of time to get to know Maggie, she was just a typical fifteen-year-old teenager. A boyfriend, talking to friends on the house phone, someone her little brother looked up to and the apple of her dad’s eye. Then one day she went out and didn’t come home.
Twelve years later Maggie is still being held captive in an underground room with her almost-three-year-old son and she is counting down the last seven days till his birthday. A day she dreads because the man will come and take him away like he has her other two sons that she has given birth to in the small room.
My arms are covered in goosebumps just writing this review. This is a belting story that dips in and out of the past and present-day in the lives of her family and the effect on them as the years go by and her life in the tiny room with the man who she doesn’t even know his name. You know as a reader, you know his life outside the tiny room. I knew I loathed this man, arrogant, cruel and taunting.
The story is about the effect on the whole family as the years past. Heartbreaking as the hope of finding her fade and the self-destruction paths that can open up and welcome you in. There is more than one way to lose a child as this family is finding out.
As the last seven days count down Maggie has to find a way to save her son from the man. To say this story builds with tension as the days decrease just doesn’t cover the intensity that bursts from these pages. It is like that atmospheric change when you know there is going to be a belting storm and boy this surpasses even that with a tsunami of tidal waves of emotions in this climactic ending. Awesome!
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alex Lake is the pseudonym of a British novelist whose first book was one of Amazon UK’s top ten debuts of 2012. Alex was born in the North West of England in the 1970s and now lives in the North East of the US