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Seven Days

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  691 ratings  ·  181 reviews
The twisty new psychological thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author

A race against time to save her child…

In seven days, Maggie’s son, Seb, turns three. But she’s not planning a party or buying presents or updating his baby book. She’s dreading it. Because in her world, third birthdays are the days on which the unthinkable happens… she loses her child.

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Published October 10th 2019 by HarperCollins
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    Maureen
    Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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 ...more
    Ceecee
    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 ...more
    Mandy White
    Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    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
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    Amanda
    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
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    Louise Wilson
    Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
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    Mark
    Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

    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
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    Sarah
    Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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    Stina
    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
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    Rachel Gilbey
    Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    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
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    Julie Lacey
    Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
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    Izzie d
    Interesting story.
    Possible triggers.
    Multiple POV.

    The Book Review Café
    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 Maggie
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    Jodie (jodie.loves.books)
    Wow, what a thrilling read this was! I truly think that Alex Lake is one of the best thriller authors I’ve ever come across. The plot of Seven Days was so carefully crafted and the character development was just outstanding. If you enjoy thrillers, I couldn’t recommend this to you enough!

    In Seven Days, we follow Maggie, a young woman who was abducted 12 years ago and is now held captive in a basement. She has had several children since she’s been there and on their third birthdays they have
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    Susan Hampson
    Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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    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
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    Sheryl Browne
    Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Carol Suraci
    Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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!
    Emma Shaw
    Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
    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 ...more
    Bridget
    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 clock is
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    Lisa M
    Nov 27, 2019 rated it liked it
    This was an occasion where I think I would have enjoyed reading a physical book more than on the the kindle. The chapters came thick and fast and they jumped around a lot (a lot!) with a fair few characters but the thing I struggled with was the different timeframes of the chapters and I would have appreciated just being able to flick back a few pages easily to check which year I was in! It was a good story though.
    Sasha Heath
    Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
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    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
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    Sophie Bristow Harris
    I loved this book! The chapters are incredibly short and made you want to just keep on reading. There were many times that I was screaming inside my head, we know where she is. But nobody else did.
    I was literally glued to my phone racing my way through this brilliant psychological thriller. I can’t wait to read more by Alex Lake. Highly recommended.
    Denise
    Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Alex Lake has done a brilliant job of making you think as you read this book, throughout my head was constantly buzzing with questions.
    Seven Days is powerful and intense and the characters were fantastically written.
    It's a chilling read that will have you turning the pages and staying up late at night to read more.
    Jacqueline  sharp
    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 been here
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    janine
    Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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 or whether I'm close to
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    Bigfatbookworm
    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 been happening. Her
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    Martha
    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 ...more
    Kat
    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 ...more
    peggy
    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
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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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