Somewhere Close To Home by Alex Craigie
• Paperback: 252 pages
• Publisher: Ashford Carbonel Publishing (9 Dec. 2016)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 0995696608
• ISBN-13: 978-0995696600
Talented pianist Megan Youngblood has it all – fame, fortune and Gideon.
But Gideon isn’t good enough for Megan’s ambitious, manipulative mother, whose meddling has devastating repercussions for Megan and for those close to her.
Now, trapped inside her own body, she is unable to communicate her needs or fears as she faces institutional neglect in an inadequate care home.
And she faces Annie. Sadistic Annie who has reason to hate her. Damaged Annie who shouldn’t work with vulnerable people.
Just how far will Annie go?
‘Someone Close To Home’ is a story of love, malice and deadly menace
MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW:
This is a very hard book to review without spoilers. But I will try!
It is the story of Megan. Well two stories really. Megan who is in love with Gideon. But her mother for reasons of her own thinks Gideon is not good enough for her. She interferes in Megan’s life with devastating effects,
The other story is of Megan trapped inside her body, after a devastating stroke,unable to communicate or voice her opinions.
She finds herself at the mercy of her cruel and sadistic mother and a victim of institutional neglect.
Alex as writer has written a book with multiple threads and storylines which enthral and hold the reader gripped! But she never overwhelms the reader and suffocates them with too much info. Her writing is of a standard that grips the reader and makes the pages turn themselves.
My first dance with this author, which I thoroughly enjoyed and look forward to reading more by her. I urge you to read this book.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Alex Craigie was ten when her first play was performed at school. It was in rhyming couplets and all she can remember about it is that:
• it was written in pencil in a book with weights and measures on the back
• the two heroes were Prince Rupert and his brother (whose name was changed to Sam to facilitate the rhyming process.)
• as writer, producer and director she ‘bagged’ the part of female lead.
When her children were young, she wrote short stories for magazines and since then has fulfilled her ambition to write a novel.
Someone Close to Home has won two ‘Chill with a Book’ awards – The Reader’s Award and the Book of the Month Award.
Alex lives in a small village in Pembrokeshire, Wales, and knows that she and her husband are lucky to have their children and grandchildren living nearby. It’s often chaotic and noisy but these are her most treasured moments and she savours them – even if she’s reduced to an immovable heap after they’ve gone.
As an independent author, without a big publishing machine behind her, she is very grateful to all the people who have found and bought her first book – and a huge thank you to those who’ve gone out of their way to write a review on Amazon or Goodreads. These reviews make a massive difference to ‘Indies’ and the positive ones encourage other readers to risk buying a copy.
What else can she say? Nothing, really. Writing this personal promotion has been very, very hard and she needs to go away now and lie down in a darkened room, preferably with a big bar of chocolate…
She looks forward to any contact from fellow lovers of books and any honest feedback is very welcome.