Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Review of Lily Alone by Vivien Brown

Book review of Lily Alone by Vivien Brown

What sort of mother would leave her all alone… a gripping and heart-wrenching domestic drama that won’t let you go.

Lily, who is almost three years old, wakes up alone at home with only her cuddly toy for company. She is afraid of the dark, can’t use the phone, and has been told never to open the door to strangers.

But why is Lily alone and why isn’t there anyone who can help her? What about the lonely old woman in the flat downstairs who wonders at the cries from the floor above? Or the grandmother who no longer sees Lily since her parents split up?

All the while a young woman lies in a coma in hospital – no one knows her name or who she is, but in her silent dreams, a little girl is crying for her mummy… and for Lily, time is running out.

Buy the novel here: http://amzn.eu/cDryJhI 

My review of Lily Alone

Gosh this novel had me gripped! The first few pages developed a range of emotions within me, as it was both poignant and shocking. My heart reached out for little Lily. This highly emotional novel was engaging from the outset. Brown has an excellent way of creating unique characters that your heart stretches out for. The story is voiced by a number of characters. I first thought that this would make the novel confusing, or that I'd lose interest if the characters weren't engaging enough. I was pleasantly surprised that neither were the case and I was truly hooked with each character. The thread of the overarching story remained intact as each of the characters is explored. I particularly likes the perspectives from Lily and reading about Agnes the neighbour.

This was an interesting read that explores how lives are affected by the circumstances of others. I would recommend if you're looking to read something different. I will be looking out for more of Brown's books in future.

More about the author:

Vivien Brown lives in Uxbridge, on the outskirts of London, with her husband and two cats. After a career in banking and accountancy and the birth of her twin daughters, she gave up working with numbers and moved into working with words and has never looked back.

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