I find it so hard to settle with a book nowadays that I joined Audible roughly three years ago in a bid to catch up on more than a few years of neglect. I hoped that listening rather than reading might reawaken my slightly addling brain
Now I don’t want to give too much of the plot away, but it is a story of child grooming that is harrowing at times and quite disturbing.
It should probably be essential reading for parents. Pre-teen, preferably before the kids go off the rails
Having said that, the kind of parents that 15 year old Skye, the main character possesses, probably wouldn’t have read it anyway. She has a chaotic home life and is troubled by her parents almost dangerous relationship.
Luckily Skye has Jade to talk to, a girl whose life seems almost as awful as hers.
Sky’s life falls further apart when her mother becomes ill and the police become involved, Skye in desperation turns to Jade who luckily offers a place for her troubled friend to stay.
Author Mandasue Heller has connections with the notorious Hulme Crescents area of Manchester having lived there for ten years, she often uses the location as a backdrop to her novels, as such this story is set in the North of England and is best described as, true to form with realistic character dialogue.
The book contains explicit language which could offend, but fits well within the plotline. Narrator Colleen Prendergast reads the characters well and I found she really brought the tale to life for me.
The story is full of drama and suspense and I found myself totally immersed. The audio book is 10 hours 15 minutes long. I listened to it in bursts at the gym, a half hour of exercise has never passed so quickly.
It’s not a pleasant book but it is a great story and I do highly recommend it