Monday 14 October 2019

Book review ~ Seven Days by Alex Lake

The twisty new psychological thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author 

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Harper Collins
ebook 10th October 2019
Paperback 14 November 2019

My thanks to the publishers for my copy of this book

A race against time to save her child… In seven days, Maggie’s son, Max, turns three. But she’s not planning a party or buying presents or updating his baby book. She’s dreading it. Because in her world, third birthdays are the days on which the unthinkable happens… she loses her child. For the last twelve years Maggie has been imprisoned in a basement. Abducted aged fifteen, she gave birth to two sons before Max, and on their third birthdays her captor came and took them from her. She cannot let it happen again. But she has no idea how to stop it. And the clock is ticking…

What did I think about it..

The story opens with a calendar and with the dire news that there are just seven days to go before something really dreadful happens to Maggie's son, Max who is soon to be three years old. And even as it takes a moment for this awful fact to sink into your mind, so the story plunges into the nightmare which is Maggie's world.

To say Maggie's world is truly horrendous is, I think, quite an understatement and as the true story of her capture and imprisonment comes to life so a twisted story of perversity starts to be revealed. Moving forwards and backward in time snippets of the story are uncovered and its hard not to be moved emotionally by the sheer awfulness of Maggie's predicament. There's immense sympathy for Maggie and Max and right from the start the author builds a strong emotional connection so that you are rooting for them all the way through the story. The clever layers of past and present are gradually revealed which help to, not only build up the tension but also give a glimpse into the life of both the perpetrator and Maggie's lost and bewildered family.

The book took me just a few hours to read, which is testament to the strength of the story as it's quite a detailed one coming at over 400 pages. I found as the tension increased, so I started to turn the pages faster until faster, as I really, really wanted everything to work out well for Maggie, and couldn't put the story down until I discovered her, and Max's fate.

Seven Days is an absolutely fascinating psychological thriller with more than enough details to keep you glued to the page.

 About the Author

Alex Lake is a British novelist who was born in the North West of England. After Anna, the author’s first novel written under this pseudonym, was a No.1 bestselling ebook sensation and a top-ten Sunday Times bestseller. The author now lives in the North East of the US.

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