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Alex Lake
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Seven Days

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  4,657 ratings  ·  655 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!

‘This is creepy storytelling of the highest order: spine-chilling and difficult to put down’ Daily Mail

A race against time to save her child…

In seven days, Maggie’s son, Max, turns three. But she’s not plannin
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by HarperCollins (first published October 10th 2019)
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Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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
Mandy White
What a book! Seven Days by Alex Lake was a book that I was so completely engrossed in from the very beginning. How could you not be - the story is fantastic. It is written so well that you just keep turning those pages. It is a fast paced and very emotional book. I challenge you not to like this book. I have read all of Alex Lake's books and enjoyed them . Definitely an author to look into if you have not already.

The subject matter of this book is not always the easiest to read. Maggie Cooper is
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Max is three in seven days time. Maggie Cooper has seven days before her captor takes him as he had her previous two little boys. She has been held in captive for twelve years and was 15 years old when she was taken. They are being held in some sort of cellar with no natural light or proper washing or toilet facilities. She has been used and abused by her captor who is probably now in his late 60’s. This is the shocking premise of this novel by Alex Lake and although it is by no means an easy re ...more
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading “After Anna” and “Killing Alex” I was really looking forward to starting this book. I kept thinking about it all day at work!!

Maggie was abducted at the age of fifteen by Mr Best and has spent twelve years in a basement, she gave birth to three sons but two were taken from her on their third birthday.

She has a son Max soon to be three, she is counting down the days until his birthday, as her abductor always takes her sons when they reach three. Seb and Leo were taken, never to be
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a ride, this is the first novel from Alex Lake I have read, but it certainly won't be the last, very addictive yet very dark and bleak subject matter with some heartbreaking moments.

Maggie Cooper is a young 15 year old girl going to visit her older cousin whom she looks up to and wants a chat and a bit of advice girl to girl, but as a car suddenly pulls up along her route, she is suddenly drugged and taken against her will, she then wakes up alone trapped in a basement.

The story then s
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing

2 elements make this one of my favourite books of the year
The quick element of shock at the story and the wonderfully simplistic but engaging story telling style

We start by meeting Maggie who is held captive in a ‘cell’ by a ‘Mr Best’ we soon find out this has gone on for years and she has had 3 sons whilst there...2 have been taken by her captor on their 3rd birthdays and the 3rd son is due to be 3 in 7 days...hence the title, Maggie has 7 days to save him

The story bobs back and forth from pres
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
Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

**4.5 stars**

Seven Days by Alex Lake. (2019).

In 7 days, Maggie's son Max turns 3. Maggie is dreading it. In her world, 3rd birthdays are when she loses her child. 12 years ago Maggie was abducted at age 15 and has been kept in a basement since. Before Max she has had 2 sons, both taken from her by her captor on their 3rd birthdays. She can't let it happen again but she has no idea how to stop it... the clock is ticking...

This one is in
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

So while walking to her cousin's house fifteen-year-old Maggie is kidnapped and kept locked in a basement.
Her kidnapper has no name just the man, he gets her pregnant allowing her to keep her child until there third birthday when he then removes them from her care.
Maggie's third son Leo is approaching his third birthday and she knows if she doesn't find a way to free them both history will again repeat.
So this recounts back from when Maggie is first abducted all the way up to the present day fli
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Laura Rash
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant, bloody fucking brilliant
This is a very fast read.
Don’t t be fool by the number of pages, 419.
The chapters are very short and there are big blank gaps between the chapters (at least my edition is like that).
The book started very well and I was immediately hooked.
The first 20% was very engaging and promising.
Unfortunately from there on there was a switch. The storyline turned from interesting to too unrealistic and the writing was quite repetitive. I know this is a work of fiction but I do need a level of plausibility i
Linda Harris
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very intense. Claustrophobic book .
3.5 Stars

CW: Sexual assault, drugs addiction, suicidal thoughts

I received a copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

When Maggie Cooper was 15 years old, she was snatched from the street by a stranger, and held captive in an underground room. Now 12 years later, Maggie is counting the days until her son - born in captivity and conceived through rape - turns three. She's had two other sons and both were taken by their captor on their third birthday. Mag
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. It’s mentally terrifying and at times made me physically ill. This author knows how to weave a tale like no other author. The character seemed so real and I felt myself in the room with Maggie. I wanted so much so be able to save her. The description of the book gives you enough info so all I will say is you HAVE to read this book. Suspense at its best.
Rachel Hall
A week too long.. decent execution, barring repetition, of a unbelievably far-fetched premise!

Given that the premise of Seven Days revolves around an abducted teenager being imprisoned for twelve years and having given birth to three children in that time the book requires an immediate suspension of disbelief to engage with. However given this proviso Seven Days is a solidly executed and well-written story of one girls abduction, the painful years that follow for both her and her family, and the
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's intentions. Seven
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book left me shook to the core. I think this book would be up there with the most disturbing books I have ever read. This book was thrilling from beginning to end and kept me on the edge of my seat. Whilst it may not work for some people, I loved the time jumps and multiple POVS - it made the book even more special. I will read whatever Alex Lake puts out as I have loved all their books. However, this is my favourite (so far) or their published works to date.

Highly recommend...kind of remin
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn’t sure what star rating to give this book, so I’m going with a 3.5. It kept me hooked, the chapters were short and quick to read but not everything added up for me, a few inconsistencies let it down. Although it gripped me in places, I thought it only really got exciting in the last 50 or so pages!
The Book Review Café
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
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 fifteen Maggi
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 each one was taken away on
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a really fast paced, action packed psychological thriller.

While there wasn't much of a mystery in this book, as who the culprit is pretty clear early on. Although, I can't lie I was hoping for a shocking twist at the end.

This book jumped between timelines and perspectives but at no point was it confusing or hard to follow.

I really enjoyed the writing style. It was easy to read and fast paced. I was gripped from the start.

It also did a great job of discussing family and what happens
Jan 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
ugh what a boring, repetitive piece of tripe. dull. badly written. poor excuse for 'fan fiction' based on Room. Can I please get the time back that I spent with this book. And all these 4s and 5s for it???? Were they bribed by the publisher to give it good reviews?
For being over 400 pages, this book raced along at an incredible clip, and I finished it in an evening. It's reminiscent of Room, but more lowbrow, and without the child narrator and so much breastfeeding, with the addition of perspectives of the captive girl's family and of the police detective looking for her. Totally painful and heart-rending, but worth it if you go into it with the confidence that Maggie and Max will escape at the end. Highly recommend if you're looking for a fast-paced thri ...more
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 till
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
Sheryl Browne
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The prologue starts with a calendar, a countdown to her little boy’s birthday when he will be torn away from her. Maggie, too, has been torn away from all that she knows. She’s a survivor. She’s surviving for her child. Maybe, this time, she can save him. Heart-rending and powerfully addictive, Seven Days hooked me from page one (how could that prologue not?). My first thoughts before opening the book were: can the author sustain it? A girl locked away in a room, only seven days to save her son? ...more
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I will give this one a 3.5.

Overall I enjoyed the story it kept me gripped from the beginning however I can’t help but feel like it was extremely similar to another book I’ve read called Room. I liked how the story was told from the point of view of the victim and also from her family’s side. I detested the man who abducted her and found it even more disturbing that he befriended her family however I think that this was the authors intentions. All in all a good book however I can’t help but feel
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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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