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The Home by Sarah Stovell

Genre: Psychological Thriller
Source: Random Things Tours
Publisher: Orenda Books
Rating: 4/5

About The Book

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.

My Thoughts

I’ll try to make my review clear but this book had left my mind spinning around with bitterness and sadness. How the human race could be so indifferent and neglective to the little ones? How is it possible that there are so many interviews and controls when a couple wants to adopt a child but no one really controls the women that get pregnant? I don’t think it’s fare, neither the parents or the child that will have to suffer the consequences once they are born.
But this book is not about the neglecting mothers, is about their daughters, how they will try to have the best life possible with the resources they have; as you can imagine their future doesn’t look brilliant…
Everything will start when the body of a teenager is found near another teenager so upset that the police can’t take a word from her. Who are they? How they have ended in this situation? They are only teenagers! They should be home playing with their mobiles, not dead or in a police building, don’t you think?
The story will be told between two voices, Annie and Hope, how were their lives before the horrible night, since they were born till the present. Their thoughts and dreams, their actions and regrets… so painful to read! Both felt so real, not a simple character but someone with life, I suppose that’s why I was so angry at the end of the book, not for the story, don’t get me wrong, but the situation of the girls of the story, because I am sure there are a lot of girls right now in more or less the same situation and no one is helping them.
What we are doing wrong (as a society) when young children feel powerless in their homes, without anyone who takes care of them or loves them. Maybe it’s time to change the law to help the ones they need it, not the powerful and rich, don’t you think?
As you can see this is a book to make you feel and try to change the world we live in, to make you angry and say stop, that’s not the world I want my children to live in! We have to change it and take steps to help them now.
As you can see this book has touched me deeply; the story is detailed and touching, the characters are not nice, but you feel empathy towards them and feel their pain on your skin. There’s some mystery on it, but I’ve read so many mystery books that I know the twists before they happen!
The Home is a book that will make you shout and cry. Ready?

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.