Author – Sadie Mitchell
This is Sadie’s first novel. She has three children and a rabbit. She works in healthcare. When she’s not writing or working most of her life seems to involve picking up toys and finding things she’d forgotten she has.
Social Media Links –
Twitter – @sadiedmitchell
Instagram – sadiemitchellauthor
Publisher – 3P Publishing
The Blurb –
Voices surround Anna as she lies on her hospital bed, but she cannot answer them. Her voice has been taken, along with her mobility and her sight. She can hear the nurses chattering and her family that come to visit. Her mum cries a lot and her dad struggles to deal with what he sees. Life used to be good for Anna, but life can change in a heartbeat, as she knows so well.
And then there are the people we think we know. When the smile hides the anger. When the beauty hides the beast.
Only Anna knows the truth, but Anna cannot speak.
I am reviewing this book as part of Rachel’s Random Resources Blog Tour @rararesources Today is my stop on the tour, many thanks to Rachel for the opportunity.
My thoughts – This is a excellent debut novel by Sadie Mitchell, and I will definitely read her second.
At the beginning of the book Anna is in hospital, unable to communicate with the outside world. She can feel, hear and think, and she tells us her story through her thoughts. An intelligent student Anna is starting her life, in love and with her future mapped out.
Her life changes dramatically and she struggles to carry on with the life she had planned, and she then she meets James. Handsome and generous, Anna can’t believe her luck, but has her vulnerability led her into something dangerous?
The story flits between Anna’s backstory and her nightmare lying in a hospital bed, as she continues to discover the real James.
This book is similar to a book I previously reviewed Signs In The Rearview Mirror: Leaving A Toxic Relationship Behind, as they both deal with toxic and abusive relationships. The partnership deteriorates quickly and I felt myself screaming at Anna to see the signs and leave, but life is never as easy as that is it? Some people are good manipulators and Sadie has made James excellent at this. Narcissists are very good at making the innocent party feel like they are to blame for what they do.
Sadie has written about domestic abuse well, the feeling of guilt and shame, wanting help but not feeling like you can confide in anyone, thinking you are over reacting. Anna goes through all of these thought processes and its interesting (and infuriating) how she can think her way into excusing intolerable behaviour.
James’ history is discovered and Anna from her hospital bed could have the last laugh or is she is more danger there than she was before?
The book was not an easy read due to the subject, but it well worth reading. Please be aware it may contain triggers for some readers and the author has listed some helpline numbers at the end.