Telling The Story
The novel has the reader questioning, what is real? What is imagined? Who is telling the truth? And who is lying? There seems to be a fine line between reality and imagination. There were times when I believed the action was real, only to find I was wrong – or was I?
A mother’s love knows no bounds. What lengths would you go to to protect your children?
The mind is a powerful tool. It can be manipulated. It can be shut down but watch out when the doors are unlocked. “Other doors began to open in her mind.”
Loss consumes. You cannot just ‘get over it.’ Some losses are just too painful. “I can’t stop the hurt.”
There are crimes and mysteries to solve. As the body count rises, the reader is even more mystified as to who the perpetrator is. I suspected just about everyone.
The characters are well drawn. The lead character took up residence in my head. I ‘lived’ the action through her.
Gabriel Blake imagined a very well thought out plotline with twists and turns that kept the action alive and me on tenterhooks. There were definitely jaw dropping moments. An excellent novel that would translate well into a movie.
A word of caution- this novel does contain language and scenes some readers may not like. I found there was too much detail in the bedroom scenes so I skipped over them. It did not detract from the story though.
On a lighter note – locations are important. Imagine my surprise, having grown up in Solihull, to see ‘Aldersbrook Road, Solihull’ mentioned. I went to Alderbrook School and my parents used to park the car in Alderbrook Road to drop me off or pick up. I could easily imagine the leafy suburb and the huge houses. Thank you Gabriel Blake for bringing a wow moment to me.
I received this book for free from The Book Gobbler. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.