You have just about managed to hold what is left of your family together – your husband and younger daughter – since the older daughter, then aged 13, was kidnapped. Then she turns up at your door, a young woman, now. That is Julie, isn’t it?
She says she is. Mother Anna believes she is. But she also knows she is lying.
This incredibly tense tale of unravelling turned out to be one of the best I’ve had come my way in a while. It depicts several teenagers of intense courage and endurance evolving into womanhood. They endure unbelievable treachery, mistreatment and brutality until they escape back into the impossible world or normality.
Anna is no less a warmblooded character layered in suspicion, care, love, doubts, courage and determination as she struggles through the veils of deception towards the truth.
Slowly, slowly, that truth, penetrated level by painful level, comes twisting home.
An excellent story. The cover, however, does not do it justice; so judge not.
Thank you, Sahina Bibi | Publicity Intern at HQ for this review copy.
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