Emotional · mystery

*BLOG TOUR* The Borrowed Boy – Deborah Klee ★★★★

Blurb; A borrowed boy, a borrowed name and living on borrowed time.

What do you put on a bucket list when you haven’t done anything with your life? No interesting job, no lovers, no family, no friends. Believing she has only weeks left to live, Angie Winkle vows to make the most of every minute.

Going back to Jaywick Sands, is top of her bucket list. Experiencing life as a grandmother is not, but the universe has other plans and when four-year-old Danny is separated from his mum on the tube, Angie goes to his rescue. She tries to return him to his mum but things do not go exactly as planned and the two of them embark on a life-changing journey.

Set in Jaywick Sands, once an idyllic Essex holiday village in the 70s, but now a shantytown of displaced Londoners, this is a story about hidden communities and our need to belong.

My Review; I took a chance to read this one not one I would have picked up myself but I am so glad I did get the chance to read it. Beneath it all is a beautiful story which I enjoyed. Or should I say a beautiful story with the unexpected dotted in between but with a fabulous ending? Better.

Beautifully written. It all starts when young Danek (Danny) gets seperated from Nikoleta on the London tube, every parents worse nightmare. However, Angie was aboard the tube and saw it all happen and vows to look after the boy until he can be reunited.

However, it isn’t as simple as that. Angie has always wanted a child or grandchild and this is where she decides she will borrow the boy for a while when things soon become apparant that something is wrong. The boy is scared to return and bruised. They do eventually become reunited but the bond between Danek (Danny) and Angie is one that cannot be broken.

The community spirit in Jaywick is one that isn’t seen much these days. They’re a family and they all work together despite their differences. I really enjoyed reading this. A well deserved four stars. Highly recommend.

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Emotional · horror · Non-Fiction

The Family Next Door – John Glatt ★★★★★

Blurb; On January 14, 2018, a seventeen-year-old girl climbed out of the window of her Perris, California home and dialed 911 with shaking fingers. Struggling to stay calm, she told the operator that she and her 12 siblings–ranging in age from 2 to 29–were being abused by their parents. When the dispatcher asked for her address, the girl hesitated. “I’ve never been out,” she stammered.

To their family, neighbors, and online friends, Louise and David Turpin presented a picture of domestic bliss: dressing their thirteen children in matching outfits and buying them expensive gifts. But what police discovered when they entered the Turpin family home would eclipse the most shocking child abuse cases in history. For years, David and Louise had kept their children in increasing isolation, trapping them in a sinister world of torture, abuse, and near starvation.

In the first major account of the case, investigative journalist and author John Glatt delves into the disturbing details and recounts the bravery of the thirteen siblings in the face of unimaginable horror.

My Review; Now I must admit this book took me a while to read because I kept putting it down and reminding myself this is real, this happened and recently too. It made me tear up several times to read what happened to those thirteen children is unimaginable. Abusive. Dark. Horror. Twisted. Sick. Disturbing. The stuff of nightmares. It makes me so angry and feel sick. Not an easy read at all.

The whole family was nocturnal which leads to how they got away with it for so long. One bath a year for each child. Starved with only one meal a day. Chained up as punishment and beaten daily. It’s just awful. Cannot make this up. The parents portrayed two different lives their online bragging, happy family home and lifestyle then the offline darkest family life. Non of the children had access to education.

There was a history of family abuse (sexual) but that did not give them the right to do what they did the poor children. A heartbreaking read. John has not missed anything out of this book it has been throughally researched and presented to us. It feels wrong to give this story stars but I would give it all the stars not for the enjoyment cause its not a book to enjoy at all. But for the research, the time and indepth look into this case.

I wish all the thirteen children well, 2 years later. There story can never be forgotton and I hope they have all found peace and are enjoying their new lives.

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Emotional · Young adult

Extraordinary Means – Robyn Schneider ★★★★

Blurb; When he’s sent to Latham House, a boarding school for sick teens, Lane thinks his life may as well be over.
But when he meets Sadie and her friends – a group of eccentric troublemakers – he realises that maybe getting sick is just the beginning. That illness doesn’t have to define you, and that falling in love is its own cure.

My Review; This cover stood out to me and a friend was dying to read it so I had to sneak this one into my June reads. It’s supposed to be a sadish story but I didn’t cry!

The story focuses on teens in quarantine at Latham house all with tuberculosis. There’s some losses along the way which hit hard. But a goodish ending. For me the story was about the teens enjoying the best of a bad situation. There is a bit of a romance within the story too. A story that makes you realise life is too short. Enjoy it. An eye opening read. I gave it four stars and would highly recommend. Perfect emotional, young adult story. Takes a lot for me too cry over a book.

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