I was really looking forward to reading this book as its premises sounded so interesting. A fifteen year old teenage boy named Jez comes to borrow some music from Sonia a middle aged woman who can’t bear to let him go once he is inside her home. She wants to keep him safe from the outside world.
Although I did enjoy the book, it wasn’t as much as I had hoped. I found it a little slow until it picked up a bit towards the middle. Here are some notes;
* The book is told through the eyes of Sonia (the woman who kidnaps Jez) and Helen (Jez’s uncaring, alcoholic aunty). At times I was frustrated at the frequency of changes from character to character. I wanted to know more about Sonia and Jez not Helen and her self involved ways. It turns out that the changing of characters was actually quite a clever move on the writer’s behalf. BIG SPOILER ALERT – Helen is in fact eventually killed by Sonia (quite a twist) and Helen’s character ceases to tell the story.
* The story is also told through the eyes of a young Sonia who is in love with a boy called Seb. This history is extremely important to the story line as we realise that Seb died at a young age and is the reason that Sonia is keeping Jez hostage. She wants to keep him safe, like she could not do for Seb. I enjoyed the characters and sub plot of young Sonia and Seb. Sonia’s inert craving to please Seb was extremely well written.
* The ending, another big spoiler alert is actually quite shocking and left me feeling quite disturbed instead of comfortably satisfied which is what I expected. It turns out that Sonia’s teen love interest Seb was actually her brother! Quite a bold revelation by the author. This combined with Sonia killing Helen and the police bursting in to arrest her and rescue Jez makes for a thrilling ending.