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Alex Lake
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Seven Days

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  258 ratings  ·  98 reviews
An incredible new psychological crime thriller from the Top Ten Sunday Times bestselling author

Will have you on the edge of your seat from the first page to the last!

A race against time to save her child…

In seven days, Maggie’s son, Max, turns three. But she’s not planning a party or buying presents or updating his baby book. She’s dreadi/>A/>Will
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by HarperCollins
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Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It’s just 7 days until Max’s third birthday, but his mum Maggie isn’t planning any special treats, in fact she has no contact whatsoever with the outside world. Maggie was abducted at the age of fifteen, and twelve years later she’s still living in a windowless basement with Max but all her thoughts are concentrated on overpowering her captor somehow, because she had two little boys before Max after becoming pregnant by her captor, and on their third birthday he took them away from her. This tim ...more
Louise Wilson
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Twelve years ago, Maggie was abducted. She has been kept in a windowless room ever since. She was just fifteen years old when the man took her. Maggie has a son, Max, who will be three years old in just seven days time. She has seven days to save him. Because Maggie knows that when his third birthday comes, the man will come and take Max, just as he had taken Maggie's other two sons.

The story is told mostly from Maggie's perspective but every character has a voice. We hear how her mum, dad and
OMG - WOW! What. A. Ride. I literally could not put this book down and cursed every moment that I had to! I just have one thing to say before I go on...

...go out and buy this book NOW! Read it! You won't regret it!

Maggie has SEVEN DAYS before her son Max's 3rd birthday. Seven days before he will be ripped from her arms, never to be seen again, just as her two other sons - Seb and Leo - before him were taken on their 3rd birthdays. Seven days to devise a plan to thwart the man
Julie Lacey
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is quite a dark psychological thriller and one where you’re desperate for things to work out ok.
Maggie was abducted twelve years ago and has been kept in a basement all this time.
She’s had two children taken away from her by her captor when they reached three years old and now she has Max, she’s desperate that he’s not taken as well.
We learn a bit about Maggie’s past and how her family deal with the abduction, but I was just desperate to know if she was going to outsmart her captor or no
Rachel Gilbey
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG - WOW!!! I have no other words...

.... go buy and read this book now, it is that AMAZING!

I've literally just sat in my garden for two hours and have devoured every last word of this book - there is great amounts of tension and the question that keeps driving the story forward is, will Maggie be able to save her son in 7 days time, and if so how.

She was kidnapped and imprisoned 12 years before that and the man who took her, has fathered three children with her, and eac
The Book Review Café
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 ⭐ Seven Days by Alex Lake was a book I devoured in a matter of hours, it had all the ingredients I expect from a Psychological thriller, an imaginative plot, interesting characters and a book driven by tension. A young girl getting abducted and held prisoner isn’t an original plot, it’s one that’s been done numerous times before. So I was delighted when I realised the author had created a plot that was imaginative in its writing, sinister, and made for a tense read.

Abducted at fi
Susan Hampson
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This is such a powerful story that set my emotions on fire. There wasn’t really a lot of time to get to know Maggie, she was just a typical fifteen-year-old teenager. A boyfriend, talking to friends on the house phone, someone her little brother looked up to and the apple of her dad’s eye. Then one day she went out and didn’t come home.
Twelve years later Maggie is still being held captive in an underground room with her almost-three-year-old son and she is counting down the last seven days
Emma Shaw
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WHAT. A. RIDE. The adrenaline raced through me as I read this jaw-dropping thriller. This is a book that grabs you by the throat and throws you to the ground speechless when it’s finished with you. Fast-paced and expertly plotted, I tore through this book; I would have read it in one sitting if not for that pesky thing called human interaction with my family. But I knew I’d not be able to sleep without knowing what happened so I stayed up until the early hours to finish. Boy was it worth it for ...more
Sasha Heath
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a book! An absolutely thrilling read that kept me hooked from the first page. Maggie is trapped and has seven days to save her son. The author uses multiple narrators to build up the plot for multiple angles and it was interesting seeing how Maggie’s predicament impacted upon other people’s lives. The short chapters made it well-paced and I thoroughly enjoyed every page.

I would highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a thrilling read.

Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of this book
Carol Suraci
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
SEVEN DAYS is a page-turning thriller about every parent's worst nightmare. I could not put this book down! With twists and turns in every chapter, engaging characters, and a psycho you will absolutely hate, this book is a fantastic read!
Dee Groocock
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maggie has a son called Max who is fast approaching the age of 3. Maggie is in despair as she thinks she knows what happened to her sons Seb and Leo when they had their third birthdays. Maggie was kidnapped at the age of 15 and 12 years later, she is still locked in a room and for now, she has Max for company.
Can she let the man take yet another child away from her?
What a fabulous read this is! My heart was in my mouth throughout this story. What I really liked was seeing how the rest of Maggi
Emma Shaw
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WHAT. A. RIDE. The adrenaline was racing through me as I read this jaw-dropping thriller. This is a book that grabs you by the throat and throws you to the ground speechless when it’s finished with you. Fast- paced and expertly plotted, I tore through this book; I would have read it in one sitting if not for that pesky thing called human interaction with my family. But I knew I’d not be able to sleep without knowing what happened so I stayed up until the early hours to finish. Boy was it worth i ...more
Jacqueline  sharp
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely brilliant book, I highly recommend it. It made me actually think how lucky I am with my children, despite this being fiction, it does make you think. Of things that do happen in the world today.

Maggie has seven days, seven days before her son Max is 3, she knows that on his birthday he will be ripped from her arms, she knows this because when Seb and Leo reached 3 they were taken away, she doesn’t know where he took them, whether they are still alive. Maggie has
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Now this was right up my street. What an absolute rollercoaster ride!

Dark, thrilling, gripping, harrowing, breathtaking... just an absolute WOW of a book.

This had me gripped from the prologue, I literally felt like I'd been sucked into a dark hole and in all honesty I didnt want to claw my way out until the very last page.. I was more than happy to sit away from the world. This story grips you around the heart and squeezes tightly.

I'm unsure whether its because I'm a mum
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I won an ARC of this book, following a Twitter competition, and oh my days, I am so glad I did.

This is one hell of a gripping psychological thriller, one of the best I have read this year. I genuinely loved it, and hesitated to put it down for tea breaks while I read it in bursts across a few days.

Maggie, the lead protagonist of the novel, was abducted 12 years ago. She was raped by her abductor and had 3 children by him. She managed to escape. But something sinister has
Seven Days is a tense thriller about a young woman, Maggie Cooper, who is in a race against time to save her young son Max. Kidnapped as a teenager, Maggie has been held captive for twelve years and faces an even more unthinkable horror - the knowledge that her captor will take her son as soon as he turns three, as he did with her two sons before him. Switching between timelines and perspectives, we see not only Maggie's desperation to save her son, but also the despair of the family she was tak ...more
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pulse racing, heart pounding my oh my what thrill of a ride this really is a magnificent read. Seven days that’s all Maggie has to save her son and from then on we are taken on a heartbreaking journey of just how all this came about. Going from past to present and different points of view this is a book you just can’t put down and it’s written superbly, not only the terrible situation Maggie finds herself after she is abducted but also just how her parents and brother deal with the loss of a dau ...more
Another page turner from this author, gripped from the first page and I did not want to put this book down. Scary, heartbraking and gripping all in equal measures. Every parents worse nightmare your fifteen year old daughter is missing. What Maggie went through is unimaginable and abhorrent, what her family went through was heartbraking. While reading this book I have laughed, cried, got angry and shouted at this book. I loved Maggie and her family, they were believable, well fleshed out and so ...more
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A compulsive and addictive read from the first to the last page. Told through multiple viewpoints the story of a fifteen year old girl who is abducted while on her way to see a friend. She is imprisoned in a cellar beneath the abductors garage and remains there for 12 years. During this time she is raped and punished and has 3 sons. Each son is taken from her on their 3rd birthday and she never sees them again. Determined this won’t happen to her third son Max, Maggie resolves to get him out of ...more
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Literally a book I could not put down, it had me gripped wanting to know what would happen.

In seven days, Maggie’s son, Max, will turn three. But unlike most mums, Maggie is not planning a party and she won’t be buying presents, infact she is dreading it. Not because he baby is getting older, but because in the world she lives, those third birthdays are a living nightmare, a count down to hell - she loses her child.

Abducted at the age of 15, Maggie has lived as a prisoner
Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))
“She believed she would get out of this, one day, and then she would somehow, make up for all the years she’d been in here and her life would be full of family and friends and love and affection.”

Seven Days was fast-paced and engaging.

We’re introduced to Maggie, who has been held in captivity for over a decade since being kidnapped at age 15. She has had three sons and the first two were taken by her captor on their 3rd birthdays. Now she must fight to save her third son, seven d
Liz Barnsley
Sep 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this and it was well written and well plotted, with a hugely emotional central premise and a story well executed.

It's not my favourite of the latest crop of psychological thrillers but it will certainly satisfy fans of the genre on many levels.
Jodie (whatjodiereads)
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! I was addicted right from the start and found it impossible to put down! This is only the second book that I’ve read by Alex Lake but I’ll definitely be reading their others. I really liked the Cooper family and enjoyed following their story. I liked all of the characters and the chapters in each of their point of views. I liked learning more about each character, and getting to know them on a personal level. Each character had their own separate story. I think this book is qu ...more
CrazyCat (Alex)
15 year old Maggie is kidnapped on her way to her aunt Anne. She doesn’t know it yet, but this is just the beginning. Her family, especially her brother James, have a hard time coping with the changes Maggie's disappearance brings on in their lives. The story is told from the past and present, counting down the last seven days until Maggie's son Max turns three and has to go away if she can’t find a way out. I don’t know what was harder to read about, the past and all the things done to Maggie a ...more
Jacqueline  sharp
This is one of those books that makes you think. I have a grown up daughter, and despite this just being a story I don’t know how I would have coped if something like this had happened to her. We know that young girls, have been taken off the streets and kept in captivity from documentaries on the news. There have been several cases.

The Coopers are a normal everyday hardworking family, Martin the father, Sandra, the mum, Maggie the fifteen year old daughter, and James the fourteen ye
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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And Breathe!!!!!!!

Seven Days by Alex Lake is one Book I highly recommend to read this year! A must read!!!

Alex's new book is a psychological thriller that was fast pace, gripping throughout with lots of twists and turns. Its shocking that plays with all your emotions and have you shouting out aloud! it will also have you in tears. What a roller coaster ride and You will feel so sorry for Maggie and her family especially Maggie, as she loses so much within a short time. .

The clock is ticking!
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's seven days until Max's 3rd birthday and Maggie knows only too well what will happen then, she's been through the same thing with her previous two children. She has seven days to make this time different. But how? She's been held captive in the same room for twelve years without being able to escape. Why does she think this time would be any different? Told in a countdown to Max's birthday with events from the previous twelve years told in flashback, we follow both Maggie as she tries to esc ...more
Celine Godfrey
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
The blurb sets the premise as do other reviewers so I won't do that in mine. Suffice to say it strongly reminded me of the real life Elisabeth Fritzl captivity and the movie/book "Room" (with Brie Larson). I'll word my review carefully to avoid spoilers too.

What I liked:
How the author conveyed the perspectives of each character in their own chapters, and how this affected both their physical, mental and emotional health. She captures all of this really well. All but the abducto
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book follows Maggie after she was kidnapped and the young age of 15 and has been imprisoned in a basement for the past 12 years. Her 3rd child Max is about to turn 3 in just 7 days and she knows what that means... He will be taken from her never to be seen again just like the other 2 and she can't let that happen again. With only 7 days to go she needs to figure out a plan to escape, and fast!

This book... Well, this book broke my heart, shattered into a million pieces! I went in
Alex Lake writes a hugely engrossing and entertaining novel thriller full of suspense and menace.

Maggie Cooper is dreading her son Max's third birthday in seven days time when he turns three. Maggie was abducted twelve years ago and has been imprisoned in a basement, ever since. Aged only fifteen when she was captured, she gave birth to two sons before Max and on their third birthdays her captor took them both from her. She is determined that it will not happen again, to Max. But the
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Alex Lake is a British novelist who was born in the North West of England. After Anna, the author’s first novel written under this pseudonym, was a No.1 bestselling ebook sensation and a top-ten Sunday Times bestseller. The author now lives in the North East of the US.
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