Book Title: Untouchable
Author: Sibel Hodge
Genres: Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Suspense
Date Read: 09/23/16
Pub Date: 07/24/16
A Conspiracy. A cover-up. And a whistle-blower… You think you know who to trust? You’re wrong.
It’s Maya and Jamie’s anniversary, and she waits with excitement for him to return home for a celebratory dinner. There’s a knock at the door. It’s the police. Jamie has been found hanging in a local wood.
His death is ruled a suicide, but Maya doesn’t believe Jamie would take his own life. Something isn’t right. Someone has broken into her house. Someone is watching her. And someone has gone to great lengths to cover up what Jamie was doing before he died.
Maya’s grief turns to suspicion, and as she begins to investigate the weeks leading up to Jamie’s death, her trail leads her to a place known as “The Big House” and the horrific secrets within. Secrets people will stop at nothing to keep hidden. People linked to the heart of the Establishment who think they’re untouchable.
Now Maya has a dangerous decision to make. How far is she prepared to go to reveal the truth?
Wow! I actually read this book almost 2 months ago, and was so backlogged with reviews I’m just getting mine posted. The fact that it still resonates with me after this long must tell you what a powerful book it is. I’ll go ahead and state that this book will not be for everyone; it is very graphic, disturbing, and trigger-filled, but the subject is one that needs to be broached. Sibel Hodge has brought to light the horrors of child abuse and done so in the most well-written story I think I’ve read on the subject. Early on there are some very uncomfortable scenes, and the author does a fantastic job of not spelling out every detail, but leaving a good bit to the imagination; however, the implications are there to let you know what is happening. To me, this is what truly made this book horrifying, even more so than if every graphic detail had been placed before me.
If you can make it through the first 25% or so I believe you can stomach the rest. The entire book is dark and the pacing was outstandingly fast; even with the subject matter I simply couldn’t put it down. After seeing that this story was inspired by real life police investigations in the UK, it brought forward a feeling of sombre reality to what I was holding in my hands. I absolutely was shocked and surprised by every twist and turn presented in the story line and literally found my mouth gaping open. I can’t say much more about the plot in case you are planning on reading this one, but just know that it puts to shame most other psychological thrillers with no need to place the word “girl” in the title.
If you like dark, disturbing thrillers that challenge your views on the world, this might be for you. I love when I can find a book that is so positively entertaining while also causing me to think through some things. As insane as it sounds, this book actually offered a bit of positivity; as the story moves forward, this tiny seed of hope breaks through the dark and begins to grow, until at the end you think “What did I just read?” I think this level of depth shows the author’s enviable talent in her storytelling abilities. This is another bargain priced kindle that is currently $2.99 (at the time of this writing); if you’ve been on the fence with this one go ahead and buy it while it’s incredibly cheap! I have a copy of the author’s upcoming book Duplicity and am absolutely stoked to read it!
*Many thanks to the author for providing my copy; it was a pleasure to provide an honest review.