The Home – Sarah Stovell

One more little secret … one more little lie…

When the body of a pregnant fifteen-year-old 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 gritty, dark and devastating psychological thriller, The Home is also an emotive drama and a piercing look at the underbelly of society, where children learn what they live … if they are allowed to live at all.

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Review

You only have to look at the amazon page for The Home to see how many top notch authors, including Louise Beech and Sarah Pinborough, have waxed lyrical about this book.

It is stunning.

From the prologue to the end, the book holds you in some kind of vice like grip.

The three girls – Lara, Hope and Annie – are troubled characters. We get to know more about them as the book goes on, and I felt myself, as a parent, wanting to reach into the book and give them all a big hug. Tell them everything will be ok. The way they are written ensures they will live on in my mind for a long time.

The story is fictional, but the themes explored certainly are not. The repercussions of cuts to the home where the girls have been housed feels too real. It’s easy to imagine this happening up the road from you. Love, or lack of it, and abandonment play a huge part in the girls’ lives and is so well explored.

The writing is poetic and lyrical, which juxtaposed to the content, works well. Sarah is a massive talent, and this book should be read far and wide.

I laughed at times and I cried big, ugly tears! The Home is stunning.

Thanks to Anne, once again, for having me on the tour!

Now, to read Exquisite…

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About the Author

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, is set in the Lake District.
Follow Sarah on Twitter: @sarahlovescrime

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