For my third and final post of the day I’m beyond excited to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for astounding novel The Home by Sarah Stovell. Thank you to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this brilliant book.
About the book:
A dark and emotive thriller which shines a light on the troubling issue of children in care, The Home marks the return of Sarah Stovell, author of the 2017 international bestseller Exquisite.
When the body of pregnant, fifteen-year-old Hope Lacey is discovered in a churchyard on Christmas morning, the community is shocked, but unsurprised. For Hope 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.
A dark and devastating psychological thriller, The Home is also a heartbreaking and insightful portrayal of the underbelly of society, where children learn what they live … if they are allowed to live at all.
About the author:
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 Sunday Times.
I don’t think any review I write would ever be able to do this exceptional new novel by acclaimed author Sarah Stovell justice. Every word of The Home is exquisite, with not a single word wasted as you experience every raw emotion you could ever go through, quickly becoming fully immersed in this brutally honest story that explores the troubling issue of children in care.
Not an easy read by any means, The Home rips your heart to shreds as it delves deep into the devastating and heartbreaking lives of three vulnerable children, Hope, Annie and Lara. Told from multiple points of view, this is a story that shocks and horrifies, tearing the reader apart as the painful truth is slowly brought to light.
When one of the girls is found dead, the police begin the long and complicated search for her killer. But what they uncover is far more shocking than they could ever have expected, leading to revelations that will chill you to the core. And as the police continue in their search for the killer one thing becomes crystal clear: someone is looking for revenge.
Not only a gripping psychological thriller with all the twists, turns, shocks and surprises you would expect it to have, The Home is also a devastating and brutally honest portrayal of a system that is broken, where vulnerable children have been allowed to be abused and let down by the very people who should have been protecting them. It’s a complex and harrowing story with layer upon layer of dark and distressing secrets to uncover. I was emotionally drained by the time I got to the end of this stunning and masterfully written book, that went to places I would never have expected it to, leading to a conclusion that completely blew me away.
The Home is a book unlike any other I have ever read before and is one I will never forget. It’s an astounding novel that has catapulted to the top of my list of must read books, not only of this year, but of all time. It is a thought provoking, devastating and heart rending story that simply must be read. A realistic portrayal of a world that really does exist, with true to life characters that fill you to bursting point not only with empathy but also with anger at a society that continues to let down the most vulnerable amongst us. Hope, Annie and Lara, the three children whose plight is so movingly portrayed in this extraordinary novel, speak for the many whose voices deserve to be heard.
Sarah Stovell has written a brilliant and tense psychological thriller that is as devastatingly insightful as it is thrilling. A highly recommended read that I will never forget. Pure brilliance!
The Home by Sarah Stovell is available to buy now: Amazon UK
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