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The Home

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This was a slow book.  Took me quite along time to read. Because I would leave it to read other books then go back to it.  It never grabbed my attention
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So I just finished this novel, which I was absolutely loving until near the end. I have mixed thoughts on this so I will try to give my reasons without giving too much away.

Firstly I expected this to be a thriller, but it's more of a drama. And it works brilliantly as a drama. I found the writing to be excellent, and I was hooked from the very beginning (I found the prologue to be so chilling, even more so when I reached the end). 

The Home focuses on Angela, who was adopted at fourteen from the children's' home in which she grew up. When Angela's father falls ill, he encourages her to finally look into searching for her birth mother. Now in her twenties, career-driven and successful, Angela is feeling ready to face the woman who gave her away. She was lucky enough to be adopted into a loving family, and James and Rosemary will always be her parents. But there are some secrets about the family that are about to be unearthed.

As I mentioned previously, I was really into this book until the end. It was one of those rare books I spent all day at work wanting to get home and read. It was that addictive. Then as the ending approached, I realised that it wasn't what I was expecting at all. In fact the ending, even though it was well-paced, was completely far-fetched. A bit cliche too if you will, which kind of spoilt this book for me (hence the 4 stars instead of 5).

Child abuse is also featured in this novel, which is quite harrowing, and I thought this would be explored more - or that, at least, the children would get justice. This did not happen; in fact this sub-plot seemed to be built up only to serve the revenge-fuelled ending, which was disappointing.

This book started out so well and I really enjoyed it up to a point. Personally I think that the author or publisher was very intent on turning what was not a typical thriller into something 'twisty', adhering to current trends, where to be honest, this book didn't need any big  twists or a shocking reveal to be a gripping read. I think with a different ending, The Home would have been so much better.
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This was incredibly dull - i kept waiting for something to jump out and grab me.. but i just kept waiting.  Unfortunate miss for me.

Thank you to the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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The book was too disturbing and emotional of a read for me personally and so I was not able to finish it. The writing was so-so and the characters did not have much depth. It didnt make me WANT to keep reading it and so I DNF.
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A bit of a disappointment really as I expected more form this book, it tells the story of three women, Angela and her natural birth mother and her adoptive mother, how their lives are all entwined, a few twists and turns along the way.
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Thank you #NetGalley for an advanced copy of #TheHome!

I have to say I’m usually pretty good at guessing what the plot twists are going to be and while one of them I was able to figure out, the biggest plot twist at the end I was not!!! From the very beginning this book had me intrigued. I really enjoy books with multiple points of view in past and present times and this book didn’t disappoint. I felt this storyline was a little different than what I’m used to reading (I.e husband lies to wife, wife kills husband, or vice versus) the background story on adoption and what children did or do go through in these child homes is so disturbing! Fortunately for Angela, she was a lucky one who made it through the system and is now a successful solicitor with loving parents and is trying to establish a healthy relationship with her biological mother who gave her up back in 1961... or is she?? You’ll have to read to find out!
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THE HOME by Karen Osman is the story of three women all connected by adoption. While this novel is listed as a psychological thriller, I feel it is more of a psychological drama. 

This is a story of lies and abuse and some may find it disturbing. 

                                        She should have been safe…

Angela was raised by foster parents, Rosemary and James. Angela’s biological mother is Evelyn. 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. Angela was beaten with wooden spoons by the manager, Ray in his “den” in the garden, for any children that misbehave.

So, when wealthy couple James and Rosemary come to choose a child to adopt, Angela is desperate to leave. But the scars of her childhood remain, and years later when Angela's search for her birth mother Evelyn is successful, strange things start to happen.

The novel is narrated from three women’s POV, as well as a diary from a child in foster care, that I found hard to read because of its dark nature.

I found this novel a bit slow and predictable in some places. I can’t say I warmed up to any of the characters. The novel ends rather abruptly, and let me down slightly…not what I expected. I liked this novel, but not as much as I thought I would.

Many thanks to Aria via NetGalley for my digital copy.
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Excellent read, I could not put this book down. Loved the story line and the characters, usually I can figure out the ending of a book, this ending I never expected. Highly recommend this book

Thank you netgalley and the publishers for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for my honest review.
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I'm afraid that I found the book contained too many cliches and the characters were very stereotyped.  The twist was not believable  and I was left feeling  dissatisfied.
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This was a difficult book to read mainly because of the topic and something to do with the telling of the story. 

It was not what I was expecting and I did not finish it
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The Home by Karen Osman
This book was heartbreaking to some extent but also has lies, betrayals and deceptions going on it that makes it hard to put down . The characters are well written and easy to see their personalities some likeable some not quite...well written story, it flows right along until BAM!!  Yep, there is the twist!
Thank you Netgalley and the Publishers for providing me with this book and giving my opinion. Thank you also to the author Karen Osman for writing such an interesting book.
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I have just finished this book and all I can say is WOW
This book is dark in places, heart breaking and very emotional.  In places I found it hard to read as it was upsetting. 
Saying that this author just has a way with words. A psychological thriller with so many twists and turns. 
A very emotional book which will stay in my thoughts long after I finished this book. I will definitely be looking out for more of this authors books. 
I would like to thank the Karen Is man, Aria and Net.galley for giving me the opportunity to read this book in return for giving an honest review.
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Book blurb...
It was the one place she should have been safe. 
Angela was just a baby when she was abandoned, and a children's home is no place to grow up. When manager Ray takes girls off to his 'den' in the garden, they always come back crying... 
So, when wealthy couple James and Rosemary come to choose a child to adopt, Angela is desperate to escape. 
Years later, Angela starts to search for her birth mother, Evelyn, hoping to heal the scars of her childhood. But strange and sinister events start to unfold. And Evelyn fears she may not survive her daughter's return. 

My thoughts…
This story ends with one of those twist you don’t see coming and I might rave a lot more about the novel if I hadn’t been left feeling a little deceived / tricked as a result of new information provided at around 90% in. I can’t elaborate further without spoilers, and I did enjoy the book, but I wonder if I might have been more invested in the characters had the author let me into to twist earlier. The shock/surprise factor is great in a book. We love them. But we read for the character’s journey and I felt a little removed from this one.
This novel might make a good book club discussion.
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I would like to thank Aria Publishing and the Netgalley website for this partnership.

I was immediately attracted to the cover. We see Angela with a frightened look in her eyes. A catchphrase also attracts my attention: "The house is where your heart breaks".

Angela was abandoned by her mother, and she was forced to go to a home, but it was not a part of the fun, because she was beaten by the manager with wooden spoons. A couple comes to adopt her, she thinks it will be over but the scars of the past are struggling to leave. She's going to find her birth mother and strange things are going to happen.

A psychological thriller that I loved, I immediately hooked on the characters, especially Angela's; and on the story so captivating, moving and full of suspense and twists and turns. Looking forward to reading another book from this talented author.
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The Home by Karen Osman tells the story of three women, connected by adoption. Angela was raised by her foster parents, Rosemary and James. Evelyn is Angela’s birth mother. The story begins when a life changing event occurs in Angela’s life, prompting her to search for her birth mother. However, her reunion with Evelyn is anything but pleasant. Soon, strange things start happening around the three women, Angela, Rosemary and Evelyn.

In addition to the three women’s POVs, there are diary entries that provide a narration about a child in foster care. This additional narrative is dark, harrowing and hard to read because of the themes.  I struggled through these chapters but kept reading because I wanted to know how everything would work out for the MCs and also the connection between the past and the present.

The story was well narrated and it had a good flow to it. However, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. It might be because of the themes which were a bit too heavy for me. It might also be the story itself which wasn’t really for me. Something was amiss. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed the author’s writing enough to read this book to the last page.
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This book starts with the main character going back to her roots to find her real family with the encouragement of of her adoptive parents. During the story line it’s also filled with journal entries of when she was in a children’s home. It made you really hurt with her and hope for a family . There are some parts with child abuse that made be unsettling for some. It’s sad the amount of abuse this poor girl went through and felt myself tear up at times.
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The ending is truly mind-blowing! 

The book starts with a prologue. The year is 1989. A body has been found, burned beyond recognition. The only thing untouched is a silver bracelet with a tiny hummingbird charm. We need to bear this in mind as we start our journey with the main protagonists. 

Evelyn, barely surviving in a particularly rough council estate, is addicted to cigarettes and Vodka. 

Angela, born in 1961 is adopted by James and Rosemary at the age of fourteen. She is now an up-and-coming associate at a leading firm of solicitors in London. 

Rosemary is Angela’s foster mother. She gave up her career when she and James adopted Angela. They wanted to give Angela every chance to succeed in life after the adoption, but it came as a price and she and Angela are not as close as James and his adopted daughter. 

We follow these three main characters as the story unfolds. James has terminal cancer and encourages Angela to trace her biological mother. She joins a group and soon, thanks to the support of the group leader, is put in touch with her mother. Why did her mother give her up for adoption? 

Interspersed throughout the story are excerpts from a diary signed ‘A’.  These tell of the shocking treatment and abuse suffered in the Children’s Home. Obviously, you assume that Angela has written these, but can you possibly be mistaken? 

I wish I could go into more detail about this brilliant storyline that manages to drop a bombshell in a final couple of chapters that left me in shock. 

Karen Osman, you are a brilliant author and I look forward to reading your next book. 


Breakaway Reviewers received a copy of the book to review.
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Having just finished this book, all I want to say is – wow. I did NOT see that ending coming. I very much enjoyed reading this book – even if it was very different to what I was actually expecting! I picked this book up after really getting in to the psychological thriller genre, loving the fast-paced, intrigue and mystery that radiates from these books and always has me turning the pages to find out what is really going on. Truth be told, this was very different to previous books in these genre. It starts with a bit of a shocking prologue that gets you going but then it reverts to a story, that more or less felt more like a contemporary book. Don’t get me wrong though – I still very much enjoyed it. It just wasn’t what I was expecting.

It was only around the halfway mark that the book started to make some headway into the more thriller side of things. Thus this book has a little bit of a slow start but it is also incredibly important to the plot that this is there. So if you’re feeling like you just need to put the book down, all I can say is don’t! It all makes sense towards the end and will make the whole journey worth it – I promise. As things started to slide a little out of place in the second half of the book, I found myself racing through the words. Turning the pages quicker as I tried to work out what was going on. I admittedly had a lot of theories but none of them quite hit the nail on the head.

As mentioned above, the ending makes the entire book worthwhile. It shocked me to the core and was such an interesting concept. It felt like it came from nowhere and it was just so fascinating to read and so well written. Everything in this book was well described and you got a real feel for all of the characters. But as the book continued, it was definitely hard to know who to trust. Thinking about it back now, I am actually in awe of how well Karen managed to make you distrust everyone in the book. Who was telling the truth? It makes you want to know what evil was lurking underneath everything. I would definitely recommend this book but would remind you that it is slow but well worth persevering with!
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This book took on a similar format to The Good Mother, each chapter told by the perspective of one of three women.  I really enjoy this style of writing and it seems to be favoured by the author.  The main character's chapters not only described her current situation, but also included diary entries from childhood.  Using this style of writing means you really get to know the three main women's characters in the story and I really like this.  It keeps the story moving forward and the drama builds at a good pace.

The diary entries could be upsetting and unsettling.  I sometimes found them difficult to read and some may find them too much, so beware.

The plot was full of suspense and twists and was well written with lots of surprises, especially at the end.  Another superb thriller from Karen Osman and highly recommended by me for fans of this genre.  If you enjoy this I also recommend you pick up The Good Mother by the author, which was equally good.
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3.5 * Thanks to Netgalley for my copy.

This is the story of Angela who is adopted from a children's home by James and Rosemary. Fast forward and she is a solicitor slogging away at work. Her adoptive father becomes ill and encourages Angela to find her birth mother. It is told in alternating time-lines with flashbacks to the children's home in the 1960"s.

This is a tale of lies, betrayal and abuse and some may find it disturbing. It is a bit slow and predictable in places and I realized the twist well ahead of the ending.
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