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"Jack is five. He lives with his Ma. They live in a single, locked room. They don't have the key.
Jack and Ma are prisoners."
Based on the blurb, it's pretty obvious this is a hostage situation so I was intrigued to find out how the story would pan out. It is written from the point of view of Jack and it was fascinating to read from the point of view of someone who has grown up with a completely warped view of the world and how this impacted his development. Having spent many hours learning the various developmental milestones for kids while on paediatrics, I found myself thinking back to them to see which ones he'd most miss out on. Conclusion: social and emotional development (but I am no expert).
As the story unfolds, you get an idea of the mental strain put on Ma as she tries to stay strong for Jack but also think about their future. It is extremely well written and I couldn't put the book down. It's not for the faint-hearted but is a good thriller if you're a fan of books by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, Dark Places, Sharp Objects) and Stephen King (The Shining).
Overall, a solid 8/10.