The Home is a psychological thriller set in London in the late 80’s. The story is told by Angela, her adoptive mother Rosemary, her birth mom Evelyn, and diaries from the past. Angela is a workaholic who is determined to make it in the male dominated field of law. Her adoptive parents have always been supportive and straightforward with her regarding her adoption. A family illness has caused them to focus on finding her birth mother Evelyn, something Angela has always stated she wanted to do some day. With this push and time constraint, Angela reaches out to a support group that helps her find her birth mom and make contact. This book drums along, telling the early years story from the diary of the child at the orphanage and the present utilizing the voice of the 3 main females.
In the beginning I didn’t know the characters very well and had to pay attention when it flipped flopped between perspectives, but after a few chapters I was invested and could follow along very easily. I am a big fan of books where the story telling is chapter by chapter from different characters perspectives. I feel it really adds to the suspense. I will say this book has some triggers and while I myself found my stomach in knots with anticipation of how far it would go into the depths of these triggers, specifically child abuse/pedophilia, it never went into any detail. I was thankful for that, it was well written and just enough that you knew what was happening without having to describe it.
The ending, I did not see it coming. One of the things I love about these types of books is being able to figure them out like a puzzle putting all the characters stories together to find out what happened and how. Until I was in the final chapters it hadn’t even occurred to me. The author did a great job with each characters story for that to happen. I also found it interesting that only the women’s perspectives were told. I am very curious if that was purposeful or just happened organically in the writing process. There are male characters in the story, and you get their story but it’s mainly through their female counterpart. All in all this was a good read and I enjoyed it.
*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. *