I absolutely loved Karen Osman’s last book, The Good Mother. When I saw she was releasing another book, I just had to read it!
Angela was just a baby when her mum left her for the last time, and a children’s home is no place to grow up. The home͛s manager Ray takes the girls off to his ‘den’ in the garden and the littlies come back crying, and Ray͛s wife Kath has special wooden spoons which she saves for beating any of the children who dare to misbehave. So, when wealthy couple James and Rosemary come to choose a child to adopt, Angela is desperate to escape. But the scars of her childhood remain, and when Angela’s search for her birth mother Evelyn is successful, their reunion is no fairy tale. Soon strange and sinister events start to unfold, and Evelyn fears she may not survive her daughter͛s return…
The Home is another devastating psychological thriller from the author of the bestselling The Good Mother.
This book took on a similar format to The Good Mother, each chapter told by the perspective of one of three women. I really enjoy this style of writing and it seems to be favoured by the author. The main character’s chapters not only described her current situation, but also included diary entries from childhood. Using this style of writing means you really get to know the three main women’s characters in the story and I really like this. It keeps the story moving forward and the drama builds at a good pace.
The diary entries could be upsetting and unsettling. I sometimes found them difficult to read and some may find them too much, so beware.
The plot was full of suspense and twists and was well written with lots of surprises, especially at the end. Another superb thriller from Karen Osman and highly recommended by me for fans of this genre. If you enjoy this I also recommend you pick up The Good Mother by the author, which was equally good.
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Originally from the UK, Karen won the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Montegrappa Novel Writing Award 2016 with her crime-thriller novel, the bestselling The Good Mother. When she’s not writing novels, Karen is busy bringing up her two young children and running her communication business Travel Ink.
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