When the body of pregnant, fifteen-year-old Hope Lacey
is discovered in a churchyard on Christmas morning, the
community is shocked, but unsurprised. For Hope lived in The
Home, the residence of three young girls, whose violent and
disturbing pasts have seen them cloistered away.
As a police investigation gets underway, the lives of Hope, Lara
and Annie are examined, and the staff who work at the home
are interviewed, leading to shocking and distressing revelations
... and clear evidence that someone is seeking revenge.
A dark and devastating psychological thriller, The Home is also
a heartbreaking and insightful portrayal of the underbelly
of society, where children learn what they live ... if they are
allowed to live at all.
Thanks to Random Things Tours and Orenda books for my copy of 'The Home' by Sarah Stovell.
This book is one of those WOW books. From the minute you start reading, and the dark tones and stunning writing settle themselves on you, you spend much of the next 270 odd pages, pretty much in awe and deeply upset by this story of Hope, Lara and Annie, the teenage residents of 'The Home'
Three girls, in the system, now living in this remote home, this story by Sarah Stovell, rips open the life of the girls in this absorbing, shocking, deeply upsetting read.
The focal point of the story revolves around the death of Hope, 15 years old and pregnant, her body is found on christmas day, sending an eruption of emotion through the girls and The Home and staff.
Told from the viewpoint of each of the girls, as well as Helen, the manager of the home, each perspective tells us of the girls sad, bleak upbringings that led them to the home amd the investigation into Hope's death.
This book delves into the deep dark world where child prostitution and abuse is rife. And very real.
it's a heart breaking story with an end that will shock, confuse and upset.
Raw, vivid, emotional, I can go on and on and on with superlatives. This book is just a stunning achievement. Please read it, don't be put off by the subject matter and please don't be put off by its upsetting nature. It's quite brilliant.
My Highest recommendation
Sarah Stovell was born in 1977 and spent most of her life in the Home
Counties before a season working in a remote North Yorkshire youth
hostel made her realise she was a northerner at heart. She now lives in
Northumberland with her partner and two children and is a lecturer in
Creative Writing at Lincoln University. Her debut psychological thriller,
Exquisite, was called ‘the book of the summer’ by Sunday Times.
Orenda Books is a small independent publishing company specialising in literary fiction with a
heavy emphasis on crime/thrillers, and approximately half the list in translation. They’ve been
twice shortlisted for the Nick Robinson Best Newcomer Award at the IPG awards, and publisher
and owner Karen Sullivan was a Bookseller Rising Star in 2016. In 2018, they were awarded a
prestigious Creative Europe grant for their translated books programme. Three authors, including
Agnes Ravatn, Matt Wesolowski and Amanda Jennings have been WHSmith Fresh Talent picks,
and Ravatn’s The Bird Tribunal was shortlisted for the Dublin Literary Award, won an English PEN
Translation Award, and adapted for BBC Radio Four ’s Book at Bedtime. Six titles have been short-
or long-listed for the CWA Daggers. Launched in 2014 with a mission to bring more international
literature to the UK market, Orenda Books publishes a host of debuts, many of which have gone
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