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The Father's House by Larche Davies
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it was amazing

There is something terribly wrong with this novel: it ends, just when the reader wants more, more and more information about what will happen to the child protagonists! What starts off deceptively as a book about a young girl trying to come to terms with the strict teachings of her religion soon turns into a full-blown thriller about murder and abduction. The author pulls out all the stops to ring our heart strings and get our "little grey cells" working: this is a book about many things. It's about inadequate childcare and the dangers private schools that remain unregulated present. It is about the dangers of organised religion and adhering to strict dogmas that are at odds with the modern world and freedom of self expression.

Larche Davies conjures up an entirely believable world in this novel, which is set sometime in the present, but has a timeless feel about it. What is different is that the author keeps referring to her young protagonists as children, when modern etiquette would refer to them as young adults or teens. The underlying theme is the oppression and exploitation of women and children in a male-dominated world. Creepy, at times deeply upsetting, the novel starts slowly and measured, but soon gathers momentum like a run-away bus. I can thoroughly recommend this book - and can't wait for a second instalment to come along!

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Reading Progress

June 12, 2018 – Started Reading
June 15, 2018 – Shelved
June 15, 2018 – Finished Reading

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