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The Lost Girls: A Gripping Mystery Thriller (The Maggie Turner Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B09C6PBCS4
- Publisher : Bloodhound Books (June 17, 2020)
- Publication date : June 17, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 870 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 258 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1913419606
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #531,448 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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All I’m going to give away is that it centres around a MEM (mother enmeshed man - look it up). Obviously this book is fiction, and the situation is extreme. But the way that some women transmit their traumas or needs onto their sons, is way more common than we like to believe. Let down by the primary man in their lives these women turn to their sons instead and it messes with them in ways that are complicated and soul destroying.
One of the things I enjoyed about the story was the accuracy in the way this plays out for the son, and the lens he sees the world, women, relationships, and his own role through, and how powerful the mother remains in his life even if she’s dead. It’s not uncommon at all for her to remain quite real and present as she’s already skewed his makeup dramatically. It’s as devastating in real life. It’s a common ingredient in the making of a psychopath.
In this book, it’s also fascinating for me seeing how his victims respond to him in different ways when they have both come from such different backgrounds. How the safety each girl felt BEFORE they were taken, affects how they view their abuser and their relationship with him. Also very accurate. I’m looking forward to the next one.
PS: It’s not a long book, and I found it just right. I liked the story and I’m glad the author didn’t feel the need to flesh it out to make it longer.
The story is about more than these three well-developed characters. An entirely different story plays out in the background and the way they tie together is a mind-blower!
I have always loved Helen’s work, and this new one did not disappoint.
Pryke gives us an insight into what an abduction does to the victims, here two young girls and into the head of the psychopath. This is a top-level thriller, but at the same time a real Helen Pryke’s psychological read. She gives us an in-depth view on what the main characters in the book are thinking and feeling. And therefore, even when it took some time to get into the story, I want to give this book 5 stars and certainly recommend it.
From the first page I was gripped, each character vividly brought to life. All the way through I was rooting for Maggie – still dealing with a terrible event in the past – and I believe she is making a return in another book. I sincerely hope so!
The author writes with elegance and propels the plot along with the right balance of information, tension and twists. I applaud her decision to try another genre, and take my hat off for making the switch so seamlessly. Highly recommended.
And there definitely were some interesting twists in this book. And when I got to the end I was like is this all because I definitely wanted more. So I was glad I got both in the series when I bought them. So I'm on the second book now. It's worth reading.
Top reviews from other countries
The portrayal of all of the teenagers was very convincing and I would place this book into YA category. Mental conditions and auto-immune illness are sensitively handled, as well as Maggie’s lesbian relationship, which is calling out to be developed in a sequel. It would be good to meet Maggie again.
There were questions in my mind about the reluctance to involve the police more (although Maggie explains why she doesn’t want to contact them in chapter 29: “Not yet…Let’s see what we find out first, so we’ve got as much information as possible to give them. I don’t want any news report letting him know we’re onto him, that could put the girls in danger.”). I realise that we need a hero or heroine to save the day in this kind of genre, and not the police, but I found this aspect slightly implausible. I’m sure plenty of readers will disagree with me. But, isn’t this proof of a good book if it stirs up questions? Surely the police could avoid reporters finding out? I also wanted to know what happened with Jane (one of the victims) at the end of the book. What do other readers think? These niggles aside, it is very well written and four deserved stars is my honest vote.
The writing style is spare and unadorned, almost journalistic, which gives the events a realism which is very arresting but is starkly different from her usual style. I liked the way that some of the more horrible treatments meted out on the two poor kidnapped girls were only implied; somehow, the fact that they weren't actually described made them more gruesome, but, on the other hand, it means that a young adult could read this book. It is dark but not gratuitously so.
I found Maggie, the heroine, touchingly likable, dealing with her own demons while trying to help the victims of this awful crime who had been abandoned by the police and the news alike. I believe there's to be a sequel with the same woman at its centre, and that's welcome news.
The writer makes very subtle comment on the treatment of people with criminal psychoses and failures in police procedure.
If you enjoy this kind of book you might also like Room by Emma Donoghue, which looks at a similar situation from a different perspective.
Fortunately, the two girls have a brother and a sister who won't give up on them and they enlist the help of an investigative journalist. Deeply scarred by the murder of her beloved nephew just before the girls' disappearances, she agrees to help them.
In a way, I felt that they were found too quickly, but on the other hand, relieved. It was a race against time.
I think the book was well-written and the characters good. However, I am giving it four stars because I needed to know what happened to Jane at the end; I don't like endings that leave you not quite sure.