Synopsis: ‘I’ve fled from my husband and the only life I’ve ever known. I’m terrified that if he finds me, I’ll never find myself.’
Kat is trapped in a world where she has never belonged. As a traveller, she has always felt lost, especially since the death of her parents in a fire when she was fourteen years old. Having been taken on by the Denton family as their own, Kat falls in love with their son, tearaway Jimmy. His charm soon wears off and Kat finds herself married to a controlling and violent thug.
Sixteen years later, Kat decides enough is enough and begins plotting her escape from a lifetime of abuse.
Stripped of her personality, Kat has no idea how to start again but she finds an unlikely ally in her sister-in-law Ellie who shows Kat that she is not alone.
Kat and Ellie Denton begin their venture into a new world, where they meet new people and build new lives. But Kat still wants to know more about her parents’ past and when she seeks the location of an address on the back of a family photograph, Kat begins to uncover more than she expected including a revelation that will lead Kat back to the traveller site she had been so desperate to escape from.
Will she find the answers she is looking for, or will she fall prey to the violent Jimmy Denton once more?
Kat’s Rating: 5/5
Kat’s Review: Alex Kane is actually the pseudonym for Emma Clapperton and because I am a fan of her other books I was looking forward to reading this new material. The previous books she has written have a supernatural element to them and in all honesty that’s never been my favourite subject but she does the books well enough that it’s not an issue for me. I was looking forward to seeing how she would fare outside of her normal stuff and what this new material would be lie. What I wasn’t prepared for was how amazing it would be.
I had started this and read the first few chapters whilst being constantly interrupted. I put the book down and finally picked it up again at around 8pm. It was shortly after that I realised just how amazing the story was and I had no intention of putting the book down. Kat is the star of this show and she is in the worst possible place you could imagine. Married to a member of a particular travelling community her life is a living hell. Her husband Jimmy is an evil and barbaric man who frankly I wanted dead from the moment I started reading about him. As I read I could almost feel the fear from this character dripping off the pages and it seems her days are numbered until a chance conversation with Jimmy’s sister Ellie.
From that moment the two women are determined to get away from that life and they take the huge risk of running. The story follows Kat and Ellie as they try to make a new life for themselves. However what you end up with is watching these two women take a journey that makes the hair on your arms stand on end. The constant fear they will be caught, and with the added fear of Jimmy discovering another of the reasons she left.
I was so shocked when I read this book as it is totally different to her other stuff and I literally couldn’t put this down. The book had me gripped from the early chapters and I read it in two straight sittings. An absolute corker of a book and I think there are many people out there who would be surprised at just how much I think they would like this book. A huge hats off to Emma (or should I Say Alex?) an amazing book which I devoured and frankly would be happy to read all over again. A first class book and I will eagerly be looking to another book like this.