Published by HarperCollins Publishers on October 15, 2019
Genres: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
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An incredible new psychological crime thriller from the Top Ten Sunday Times bestselling author
Will have you on the edge of your seat from the first page to the last!
‘This is creepy storytelling of the highest order: spine-chilling and difficult to put down’ Daily Mail
A race against time to save her child…
In seven days, Maggie’s son, Max, turns three. But she’s not planning a party or buying presents or updating his baby book. She’s dreading it. Because in her world, third birthdays are the days on which the unthinkable happens… she loses her child.
For the last twelve years Maggie has been imprisoned in a basement. Abducted aged fifteen, she gave birth to two sons before Max, and on their third birthdays her captor came and took them from her.
She cannot let it happen again. But she has no idea how to stop it. And the clock is ticking…
Wow! I just finished reading Seven Days by Alex Lake and I am just at a total loss for words. This story just sucks you right in and doesn’t ever let go. Be prepared because once you start you will never be able to put this book down.
Maggie was abducted at age fifteen and for the past twelve years she has been held prisoner in a basement, constantly raped, and forced to watch as her two previous sons were taken away from her when they turned three years old. Determined not to let it happen again, Maggie vows to protect her third child, Max, from suffering the same fate. In one week he will be three years old and “the man” will force her to hand him over and Maggie cannot suffer another heartbreak and devastating loss again. With time running out, Maggie is going to be in the biggest fight for her life as well as the life of her child.
What I like most about this story is we didn’t just get Maggie’s view surrounding her captivity, but also that of her parents and the investigator working her case. We often don’t get to see the toll a kidnapping takes on the parents and how they suffer too and we can see that in this story. Life doesn’t just go on, parents and siblings suffer as well. The scenes were so well written and told in short alternating chapters between the present and the past and how each character is dealing with their grief. It truly is heartbreaking watching how Maggie suffers along with her parents, Martin and Sandra and her brother, James.
The man who kidnaps Maggie is not a big surprise and hints are given in the beginning until it is all brought out into the open. I really liked how the man was portrayed and how cunning and manipulative he was. He was just evil and twisted. He was so well written and creepy as hell. While Maggie hated him she also felt sorrow for him too because he definitely had a skewed outlook on life.
There is one part of this story that really stood out for me and that is when Maggie was talking about her previous two children and their personalities and it brought up a pretty controversial topic of “nature vs nurture.” I always found this a highly fascinating topic when it comes to crime and criminals and especially in children and what determines the path they take in life.
Seven days is a gripping, emotional page-turner that plays on a parents worst nightmare. It is truly, truly frightening. This is a definite five star read and one I highly recommend.