My Thoughts On… The Home by Karen Osman (& Giveaway)
19 September, 2018
My Thoughts On… The Home by Karen Osman
Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Home and I am here today with a review of this fantastic book and a chance for you all to win a copy of the book!
Title: The Home Author: Karen Osman Publisher: Aria Published: 4th September 2018 Pages: 320 Format: ebook Source:: Netgalley Add It:Goodreads, Amazon UK Summary: 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 home’s manager Ray takes the girls off to his ‘den’ in the garden and the littlies come back crying, and Ray’s 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 daughter’s return…
The Home is another devastating psychological thriller from the author of the bestselling The Good Mother.
Having just finished this book, all I want to say is – wow. I did NOT see that ending coming. I very much enjoyed reading this book – even if it was very different to what I was actually expecting! I picked this book up after really getting in to the psychological thriller genre, loving the fast-paced, intrigue and mystery that radiates from these books and always has me turning the pages to find out what is really going on. Truth be told, this was very different to previous books in these genre. It starts with a bit of a shocking prologue that gets you going but then it reverts to a story, that more or less felt more like a contemporary book. Don’t get me wrong though – I still very much enjoyed it. It just wasn’t what I was expecting.
It was only around the halfway mark that the book started to make some headway into the more thriller side of things. Thus this book has a little bit of a slow start but it is also incredibly important to the plot that this is there. So if you’re feeling like you just need to put the book down, all I can say is don’t! It all makes sense towards the end and will make the whole journey worth it – I promise. As things started to slide a little out of place in the second half of the book, I found myself racing through the words. Turning the pages quicker as I tried to work out what was going on. I admittedly had a lot of theories but none of them quite hit the nail on the head.
As mentioned above, the ending makes the entire book worthwhile. It shocked me to the core and was such an interesting concept. It felt like it came from nowhere and it was just so fascinating to read and so well written. Everything in this book was well described and you got a real feel for all of the characters. But as the book continued, it was definitely hard to know who to trust. Thinking about it back now, I am actually in awe of how well Karen managed to make you distrust everyone in the book. Who was telling the truth? It makes you want to know what evil was lurking underneath everything. I would definitely recommend this book but would remind you that it is slow but well worth persevering with!
About the Author
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.
To win a copy of this book, head on over to my Twitter (click the image below), follow me and RT my giveaway tweet! (Only true RT’s will count as the app I use doesn’t include quote RTs!)
– Winners will be contacted via Twitter
– Winners will have 7 days to claim their prize
– Giveaway is sponsored by Aria Fiction
– Open to 13 years or older
– Open Internationally
– Ends 26/09/18