Thursday, 22 September 2016

Review - A House Without Windows gives an interesting insight


Rating: 5*
Read: March 2015
Reckoned categories: Self-help/Suspense/Kidnapping









So, as many have said, this starts off through the eyes of Amy (a little girl), and it was really quite sweet reading her take on her otherwise horrific confinement. She leads into the story nicely, and paves the way for her mother's part of the story to come in smoothly. Hearing about Amy's house really does bring sense to the book's title.

It is a really dark subject matter, but one that is very sympathetically handled. I think it will give people insight into how these situations can occur and the aftermath as well; it's a long slow road to recovery. You expect Beth to live ‘happily ever after’ once she escapes, but she actually sets her own prison as she tries to come to terms with all that's happened.

It really is a bumpy ride of a book; just as you think a happy bit is approaching obstacles get dropped in the way.

I read one reviewer say Joss' thoughts of having a happy family with his father were unrealistic.
Actually, it's not as farfetched as face value would suggest.
Many children with step/foster/adoptive parents feel alienated as Joss clearly does, and reaches out towards the hope of feeling that elusive sense of belonging.
Sure, as an adult you can condemn this notion as ridiculous, of course it won't work.
But the child going through it doesn't have the same perspective. Their judgement is clouded. It's why there's strict protocols around getting in touch with birth parents; all parties need to be prepared.

I really read through this book quickly, and didn't want to put it down. I felt a connection with the characters, and cared what happened to them. No, I needed to know what happened to them.

Good story well told.
Yay; thanks for helping raise the profile of us indie authors. Proof that we can produce good work!