Thursday, 7 April 2016

Consumed by Abbie Rushton

Sponsored post: I received a finished paperback copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks Little Brown Book Group UK.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Myla used to love spending long, hot days on the beach with her sister, Asha. Until the day Asha was taken from her and the sun went out. Forever.

That was two years ago. Myla hasn't been down to the beach - or even left the house - since. Crippling agoraphobia and panic attacks keep her locked inside a nightmare of the day she can never forget. Her main contact with the outside world is online - until she meets Jamie.

Jamie is new in town and also struggles with things most people find easy. Nobody gets why it's so hard for him to eat. But, like Myla, Jamie is trapped by his fears and feels anxious, awkward and alone.

Gradually the pair begin to trust each other. Are they willing to reveal their secrets - and risk discovering the truth? Or will they let their pasts consume them for good...

  Consumed by Abbie Rushton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Consumed “Myla hasn’t left the house for the last two years.”

This was a contemporary mystery story about a girl whose sister had been murdered.

Myla was really stuck in this story, trapped in her house with no idea where her life was headed, and constantly worried that her sister’s murderer was still at large. I didn’t blame her for being afraid, or for succumbing to panic attacks. Jamie on the other hand was also stuck but for a different reason. It seemed like he had an eating disorder, as he felt like how much he ate was one of the few things in his life that he had control over.

The storyline in this was about Myla being convinced that her sister’s killer was still out there, and wanting to try and find a way to find him. Jamie tried to help Myla with her fear of leaving the house, and we got a bit of a mystery story in that they had no idea who the real killer was. The pace in this was quite slow though, and the story seemed to drag a bit for me.

The ending to this was okay, and I didn’t guess who the killer was, but overall I would have appreciated a bit of a faster pace, rather than the killer being suddenly revealed at the end.

6 out of 10

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