Bloodhound Books 2017
Billie is hiding from the world in fear of a man who nearly destroyed her. But a chance meeting with budding journalist, Adam, sparks a relationship that could free her from her life of isolation and fear.
Unbeknown to Billie, Adam knows exactly who Billie is and is determined to expose her and get justice for the lives he believes she has ruined. But first, he needs to convince her to open up to him. As an unwanted attraction blossoms between them, Adam comes to realise that all is not as it seems.
Who is really pulling the strings? And are Adam and Billie both being played?
One thing is for sure, The Master wants his puppets back – and he’ll do anything to keep them.
Not the easiest book to review without giving away spoilers but I will try my best. Written in the third person narrative with predominantly alternating chapters about Billie and Adam, there are a few strategically placed ‘Diary Entries’ written by the Puppet Master which successfully serve to add intrigue. This book is a story of two halves, present day detailing the blossoming relationship of Adam and Billie, with the reader aware of an ulterior motive on the part of Adam but not knowing what this is and Billie emotionally damaged and traumatised, which we know is related to what Adam knows but the two stories don’t add together.
Then there is the past, where all is revealed, this second part of the book was my favourite as we learnt more about the Puppet Master and his relationship with Billie and Adam. This part of the book I think is especially well written, capturing the younger Billie’s confusion and ambiguity in relation to the person seeking to manipulate and control her, to pull her strings. Without giving any more away this is definitely a must read for fans of the unreliable narrator, very skilfully done here, the author captures the rollercoaster of emotions and conflicting views of Billie while continuing to progress with the story.
Insightful and current this book aids understanding into the inconsistent messages children can give when they are in difficulty and confused. It also realistically portrays the slow exertion to complete power one person can have over another in a way that feels believable and plausible. An engaging and accessible read with short chapters which promote further reading and page turning, this is a decent, intriguing read which is recommended reading.
Thank you to Bloodhound Books for providing me with the E book and enabling participation in this blog blitz – check out all the other reviews –
Abigail is originally from the Lake District but moved to the West Midlands for University where she completed an English Literature and History degree and also met her husband. She is a passionate reader and has an unsustainable collection of books. This obsession with books has led her to creating her own Dewey decimal system and she has been known to issue fines to family and friends if her book is not returned on time. ‘The Puppet Master’ is Abigail’s debur novel and has unleashed a passion for writing. When not writing or reading Abigail is usually playing her violin or hiding from her much too energetic cats. She also works as a Needs Assessor for disabled university students in the West Midlands.