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2.0 out of 5 starsCalling all editors.
Reviewed in the United States on January 7, 2020
Where are the editors??? I’m so tired of reading books that clearly have not had a competent editor anywhere near them. The story itself was decent, there were moments that kept my interest...but the painful and repetitive dialogue, glaring inconsistencies and grammar issues ruined it for me. It’s a shame, because the plot holds a lot of promise and the story could have been turned into something much more...especially if the rather lazy and cliche “twist” at the end had been turned into a more clever ending.
Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2019
Wow, what an ending. I don’t even know what to say. It was a twist and one I never saw coming. The story was very interesting and well written. I had read this author’s other book and wanted to see if her writing is consistent and I can say it’s a yes. Now going to try more!
Good book and very interesting. This is about a several people and families that was a big mystery when a young women went on a search for her real mother. As it ends in a shocking way one had to go back and see exactly when the change took place.
Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2018
THE HOME by Karen Osman is the story of three women all connected by adoption. While this novel is listed as a psychological thriller, I feel it is more of a psychological drama.
This is a story of lies and abuse and some may find it disturbing.
She should have been safe…
Angela was raised by foster parents, Rosemary and James. Angela’s biological mother is Evelyn. Angela was just a baby when her mum left her for the last time, and a children's home is no place to grow up. Angela was beaten with wooden spoons by the manager, Ray in his “den” in the garden, for any children that misbehave.
So, when wealthy couple James and Rosemary come to choose a child to adopt, Angela is desperate to leave. But the scars of her childhood remain, and years later when Angela's search for her birth mother Evelyn is successful, strange things start to happen.
The novel is narrated from three women’s POV, as well as a diary from a child in foster care, that I found hard to read because of its dark nature.
I found this novel a bit slow and predictable in some places. I can’t say I warmed up to any of the characters. The novel ends rather abruptly, and let me down slightly…not what I expected. I liked this novel, but not as much as I thought I would.
Many thanks to Aria via NetGalley for my digital copy.
5.0 out of 5 starsYou won’t see the ending coming at all...
Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2018
Thank you #NetGalley for an advanced copy of #TheHome!
I have to say I’m usually pretty good at guessing what the plot twists are going to be and while one of them I was able to figure out, the biggest plot twist at the end I was not!!! From the very beginning this book had me intrigued. I really enjoy books with multiple points of view in past and present times and this book didn’t disappoint. I felt this storyline was a little different than what I’m used to reading (I.e husband lies to wife, wife kills husband, or vice versus) the background story on adoption and what children did or do go through in these child homes is so disturbing! Fortunately for Angela, she was a lucky one who made it through the system and is now a successful solicitor with loving parents and is trying to establish a healthy relationship with her biological mother who gave her up back in 1961... or is she?? You’ll have to read to find out!
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2018
I really enjoyed this until the reveal of one twist which is such an overused cliche’! The story was dark and captivating. The characters were interesting and the slow burn of a build up was just right.
There were a good amount of twists. Some of them were great and came out of nowhere completely taking me by surprise. They changed my perception of the character(s).
It was a well crafted story. Like I said I enjoyed it. It was pretty disturbing and may bother some so beware. The story ends with one wicked twist which salvaged my rating overall. I would read other works by this author.
Thanks to NetGalley, the author, and Aria publishing for a copy in exchange for a honest review.
5.0 out of 5 starsPhenomenal psychological thriller!
Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2018
I did not expect that ending. Angela has been in an orphanage her whole life. All she wants is to be adopted. That's all that every child in that home want. Unfortunately all they get is abuse,and starvation, when she is fifteen she is finally adopted. But living in that children's home had already damaged her. Now all she wanted was revenge. This is a psychological thriller. It is intense, emotional, and exciting. The characters are strong and interesting. The storyline is phenomenal. I strongly recommend this book.
The Home by Karen Osman This book was heartbreaking to some extent but also has lies, betrayals and deceptions going on it that makes it hard to put down . The characters are well written and easy to see their personalities some likeable some not quite...well written story, it flows right along until BAM!! Yep, there is the twist! Thank you Netgalley and the Publishers for providing me with this book and giving my opinion. Thank you also to the author Karen Osman for writing such an interesting book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 16, 2018
Please someone help me with the ending of this book I’m completely lost . I was enjoying book I’m puzzled by the ending ( have I missed a chapter ) in the last few pages a new character has appeared as the big climax to the book don’t understand . I will look for some other reviews see what others think.
This is a dark, harrowing drama - with a great finish! We follow the story through three very different women who are brilliantly drawn. Angela has almost grown up in an orphanage (the writer details the horror of this very sharply) years later, when Angela goes to find her mother we are drawn into a mind that is the result of those earlier years - she wants revenge and she has learned how to get it from a very early age. This is one that will really make you stop and think!
5.0 out of 5 starsEverything that I was expeccting - just wow
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 4, 2018
Having been so taken by the author's first outing, and being such a big fan of the Genre, I was eagerly awaiting this book to come out. I have been reading, gripped, non-stop since the early hours and I can honestly say that I am in no way disappointed.
The home is a great story. Emotionally compelling and very well crafted. Page after page of gripping action, heightened senses and characters that are as believable as they are relateable. The interaction between seemingly simple events that happen in our past and the present is very well laid out. It was a real reminder to me about just how much consequence our actions can have and how those consequences can play out.
If you are a fan of high drama and exploring the darker side of the human psyche - this is the book for you.