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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Emotional · Non-Fiction · War

*BLOG TOUR* The Prisoner’s Wife – Maggie Brookes ★★★★

Blurb; Inspired by the true story of a daring deception that plunges a courageous young woman deep into the horrors of a Nazi POW camp to be with the man she loves.

In the dead of night, a Czech farm girl and a British soldier travel through the countryside. Izabela and prisoner of war Bill have secretly married and are on the run, with Izzy dressed as a man. The young husband and wife evade capture for as long as possible–until they are cornered by Nazi soldiers with tracking dogs.

Izzy’s disguise works. The couple are assumed to be escaped British soldiers and transported to a POW camp. However, their ordeal has just begun, as they face appalling living conditions and the constant fear of Izzy’s exposure. But in the midst of danger and deprivation comes hope, for the young couple are befriended by a small group of fellow prisoners. These men become their new family, willing to jeopardize their lives to save Izzy from being discovered and shot.

My Review; Wow. What a story! The whole time I was reading this I kept reminding myself that this actually happened. Scary. Amazing. Brave. This is a real love story right here. What would you do for love? It’s going to take a long time to ever forget about this story.

Imagine being a woman undercover in all those camps. Having to hide the most basic things including going mute, toilet, getting dressed, mother nature and much more. Finding out who you can trust to help and keep your secrets… The couple found some amazing friends to help them through it all. The poor woman must have been constantly frightened to death about being found out.

Highly recommend. An eye-opening, hard hitting and brutally honest read. A well deserved four stars from me.

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