Review: Untouchable

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Book Title: Untouchable
Author: Sibel Hodge
Series: None
Genres: Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Suspense
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Date Read: 09/23/16
Pub Date: 07/24/16

5 STARS

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.

 

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About The Suspense Is Thrilling Me

Chelsea is a happily married mother of two who's love of mysteries can be traced back to her first Nancy Drew experience. When not reading and writing book reviews, she likes to drink wine in her jammies and pretend that she exercises.
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21 Responses to Review: Untouchable

  1. TeacherofYA says:

    It must be good if it has stuck with you for this long! The sign of an excellent book that will stand the test of time! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Great review, very descriptive – makes me want to read it! I’m starting to realize, however, that I end up getting almost everything that you review girl!

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  3. Emma says:

    Not sure I will have the stomach for this. I don’t do so well on graphic books nowadays. It does sound good though!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Brandie says:

    I have to be in the right mood for something this dark and twisted, but I’ve been wanting to read something by this author!! I’m glad to see you enjoyed it…I have to go back and see which books of hers I have on my Kindle. Great review!

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  5. Thanks so much for the amazing review, Chelsea! You’ve made my day! So thrilled you liked it 🙂 xx

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  6. CreativeMisfit says:

    love this review it is now on my list x

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  7. Yes, I think Sibel Hodge has great potential. If my memory is right, in real life that investigation turned out to be based on false accusations, which considering how horrific they were is a good thing.

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  8. Great review!! I can’t wait to read this one, I loved her last book, I must go hunt this one down now!

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