It's Maya and Jamie's anniversary, and she waits with excitement for him to return home for a celebratory dinner. There's a knock at the door. It's the police. Jamie has been found hanging in a local wood.
His death is ruled a suicide, but Maya doesn't believe Jamie would take his own life. Something isn't right. Someone has broken into her house. Someone is watching her. And someone has gone to great lengths to cover up what Jamie was doing before he died.
Maya's grief turns to suspicion, and as she begins to investigate the weeks leading up to Jamie's death, her trail leads her to a place known as "The Big House" and the horrific secrets within. Secrets people will stop at nothing to keep hidden. People linked to the heart of the Establishment who think they're untouchable.
Now Maya has a dangerous decision to make. How far is she prepared to go to reveal the truth?
Sibel Hodge's psychological thrillers are all brilliant, however in my opinion this one is just fantastic. I love this author's 'voice' and her writing seems to be getting better and better with every book she writes. Untouchable is a chilling, tension-packed read treating a very difficult subject.
Maya's dreams and life are shattered one night when her boyfriend Jamie fails to return home from work. Instead police officers arrive informing her that Jamie's body was found hanging from a tree in a nearby wood. She can't understand. Why did Jamie take his own life? He was so happy, not depressed. He never mentioned any problems to her. So why did he do it?
"But we never really know people, do we?"
Amidst her desperation Maya wants to understand what happened to Jamie. She soon realises that he had been hiding things from her. He hadn't been going to work as she had thought. What was he hiding? Where did he go instead of work? What was he involved in? And did he really commit suicide? Or was he murdered? Maya wants to know, however her need for answers will soon put her in grave danger. Someone will go to great lengths to safeguard their secret...
In the first part of the book, chapters alternate between Maya's and Jamie's povs. The author made a brilliant job in portraying Maya's change from an extremely bubbly, happy girl with dreams and in love to a shadow of her former self drowning in grief and consumed by anger, hopelessness and sadness.
Jamie's chapters, which are actually an account of his childhood, just made me shudder. He had such a sad, lonely and terrifying childhood. No child should ever be subjected to such horror and cruelty. My heart went out to him and I wished I could reach out to him and comfort him in some way.
Though this book treats a very disturbing subject, and it could be a difficult read for some, the scenes are never too graphic. The story made me reflect and made me feel all sorts of emotions, mostly sadness, anger and hatred. I wanted to kill the despicable characters mentioned with my own bare hands. How could anyone be so callous?
The sad thing is that these monstrosities are far more common around the world than anyone can ever imagine and not just inside institutions. This book serves as an effective eye-opener, I really enjoyed it and I highly recommend it. Well done Ms. Hodge.
With thanks to the author for an ARC of this fab book.
Sibel Hodge’s No. 1 Bestseller Look Behind You has now sold over ¼ million copies. Her books are International Bestsellers in UK, USA, Australia, France, and Germany. She writes an eclectic mix of genres, and she's a passionate human and animal rights advocate.
Her work has been nominated and shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the Harry Bowling Prize, the Yeovil Literary Prize, the Chapter One Promotions Novel Competition, The Romance Reviews’ prize for Best Novel with Romantic Elements, and Indie Book Bargains’ Best Indie Books of 2012. She was the Winner of Best Children’s Book by eFestival of Words 2013, Nominated for the 2015 BigAl's Books and Pals Young Adult Readers' Choice Award, Winner of Crime, Thrillers & Mystery | Book from a Series in the SpaSpa Book Awards 2013, Readers' Favourite Young Adult - Coming of Age Honourable Award Winner 2015, and New Adult Finalist in the Oklahoma Romance Writers of America's International Digital Awards 2015. Her novella Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave has been listed as one of the top 40 books about human rights by Accredited Online Colleges.
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