by Sarah Stovell
It’s my stop on the “The Home” blog tour! Orenda Books have provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, so thank you to Anne Cater for the invite. If you’d like to learn more about this book, check out the other blogs on the tour, see what people have to say on Goodreads and head over to the author’s Twitter page.
When the body of pregnant, 15-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 revelations and clear evidence that someone is seeking revenge. A gritty, dark and devastating psychological thriller, The Home is also an emotive drama and a piercing look at the underbelly of society, where children learn what they live—if they are allowed to live at all.
Hope Lacey has been found dead on Christmas morning. She’s 15 years old, a resident at a home for young girls and she’s pregnant. Hope’s best friend Annie is found alongside her body, wailing.
What on earth has happened?! How did Hope end up here?
This is a pretty devastating read. If my little introductory description isn’t enough to shock you, wait until you read about the horrors these girls have faced in their young lives.
I’ve never read anything else by the author, Sarah Stovell, but I’ll definitely consider reading her other work in the future. Told from multiple points of view, the writing style was engaging, drawing you in to the characters lives and really making you care for these girls. Some of the things they have been through are extremely dark but they written sensitively and play an important part in pulling the pieces of the puzzle together to explain this mysterious death.
It’s clear a lot of research and experience has gone into this. Stovell really knows her stuff and I have to say that I found the explanation of how a food bank and community centre operates to be particularly eye-opening. There is mystery in these pages, and elements of a thriller too, but deep down this is a political cry at us all to stop and face the pressing, topical issues that we so easily forget about, such as poverty, child grooming, exploitation and social and economic deprivation.
Of course, this book and it’s topic won’t be for everyone, but if this sounds like your kind of read, I’d definitely pick up a copy.
Overall rating: “The Home” is a hard hitting, compelling read about the death of a vulnerable young girl and the circumstances that lead to it. It’s not a walk in the park, but rather an intelligent story full of emotion. I’m giving this one 4 stars!
Don’t forget to check out the reviews of other blogs on the tour and if you like what you’ve read about it, support the author by picking up a copy on Kindle or Paperback through Amazon UK.