Book Review

The Home – Sarah Stovell

I am thrilled to be joining the blog tour for The Home, by Sarah Stovell, today. My thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things Blog Tours for inviting me to be a part of this tour, and to Sarah and Orenda Books for providing me with a copy of the book.


When the body of pregnant, fifteen-year-old Hope Lacey is discovered in a churchyard on Christmas morning, the community is shocked, but unsurprised. For Hope lived in The Home, the residence of three young girls, whose violent and disturbing pasts have seen them cloistered away.

As a police investigation gets underway, the lives of Hope, Lara and Annie are examined, and the staff who work at the home are interviewed, leading to shocking and distressing revelations… and clear evidence that someone is seeking revenge.

A dark and devastating psychological thriller, The Home is also a heartbreaking and insightful portrayal of the underbelly of society, where children learn what they live … if they are allowed to live at all.

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Just from reading the blurb for this book, I knew The Home was going to be a dark story, but I don’t think I had entirely prepared myself for just how dark. The home in question, if you can call it a home, Hillfoot House just felt so bleak and devoid of love. In such an isolated location and with a completely demoralised staff, you could be fairly certain that if the girls who lived there weren’t troubled before they went in, they certainly would be by the time they left.

Sarah Stovell throws you right into the heart of the action with the discovery of Hope’s body, and it is only as the story unfolds that you uncover the awful truth about what brought each of them to Hillfoot House, the unthinkable abuse and suffering that each of them had gone through. Although the murder mystery is a key part of the story, it is the raw emotion shown in the girls histories that will stay with me from this book.

By moving between the past and present, Stovell ensures that the reader is kept guessing about the truth of Hope’s death right to the end. I know I changed my mind about what had happened on more than one occasion as I was reading.

I don’t usually look to see who the publisher is when I am choosing a book to read, but Orenda is fast becoming a name I will be looking out for – from what I have read so far, anything they choose to publish is going to be a pretty safe bet for being an excellent read.


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Sarah Stovell was born in 1977 and spent most of her life in the Home Counties before a season working in a remote North Yorkshire youth hostel made her realise she was a northerner at heart. She now lives in Northumberland with her partner and two children and is a lecturer in Creative Writing at Lincoln University. Her debut psychological thriller, Exquisite, was called ‘the book of the summer ’ by Sunday Times.






Don’t forget to check out the other blogs taking part in the tour for this book.

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