So, I’m really excited to be opening the blog tour for The Home by Karen Osman.
Before I tell you how I felt reading this let me give you some insight into the premise.
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…
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First, thank you to Aria for providing me with a copy of The Home to review and take part in this blog tour, as you know my opinions are always honest.
This is a psychological thriller, yet not in my usual sub-genre, I tend to stay away from books involving child abuse just due to how uncomfortable the subject makes me feel. Yet, I really wanted to read this book and I’m so glad that I did!
I really enjoy Osman’s writing, she made me feel like part of the Steele family going through all the emotions with them. This is a slow-burn which I usually try to avoid but I did enjoy it.
What I really loved was the little snippets revealing the true nature of the character hidden under the one she portrays.
I also really enjoyed the diary entries from her days back in the children home. I don’t like going into too much detail especially with psychological thrillers as I think knowing too much can take away from the experience.
The ending I did not see coming! It made me swear out loud (thankfully my little boy wasn’t in the room, he definitely would of copied it!) It completely added another layer to the whole book and I couldn’t stop thinking about it for a day or two after I closed the book. I definitely recommend this to those who enjoy slow burning psychological thrillers!
I’m rating The Home 4 cups of coffee out of 5.
Who is Karen Osman?
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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