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The premises of this novel is unusual, but something we have become too used to in the past view years....a women is abducted and locked away as a sex slave to a man.
However, this sensitively told tale has none of the gory details, but all of the poignancy of the tale told from the point of view of the young boy who is born in this bizarre situation, and is protected by his mother's love. His world is the room in which he has lived all his life, and through his observations we, as the reader, must read between the lines and try piece together the reality of their lives. The voice of the boy is so well constructed, that as reader I was immediately transported into their world. I found it gripping and even claustrophobic, and had to lay aside the book a few times just to get some distance between me and the subject. I found the first half of the book better than the second half, when their world suddenly changes.
The subject matter is not all grave, the eventual shopping trip with his aunt and uncle is a toe-cringing comic episode that had me wincing and laughing at the same time. I appreciated the complexity of the emotions displayed, and the lack of clear pat answers. It is obvious to me that the author has done some kind of research, because I never had the idea that my credulity was strained or stretched.
I would whole heartily recommend this book to anyone who is ready to tackle a disturbing but ultimately positive book.