Today I have the auspicious task of reviewing Maggie by Netta Newbound as part of a three day Blog Blitz, courtesy of Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books.
When sixteen-year-old Maggie Simms’ mum loses her battle with cancer, the only family she has left is her abusive stepfather, Kenny.
Horrified to discover he intends to continue his nightly abuse, Maggie is driven to put a stop to him once and for all.
However, she finds her troubles are only just beginning when several of her closest allies are killed. Although nothing seems to be linking the deaths, Maggie believes she is jinxed.
Why are the people she cares about being targeted?
And who is really behind the murders?
Sometimes the truth is closer than you think.
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Maggie by Netta Newbound is a heart wrenching psychological thriller which tore at every ounce of my being. I felt a multitude of emotions whilst reading about Maggie, a sixteen year old who loses her mother to cancer only to be abused by her lecherous step-father, Kenny.
After all the turmoil of Maggie’s mothers death and the funeral, Kenny is killed at the hands of Maggie in self defence after a particularly vicious sexual assault, then the people who believe in Maggie start to die.
Is Maggie to blame?
Who will believe Maggie?
Does someone want to frame Maggie?
The characters created by Netta are steadfast and wholesome, especially in the case of Maggie, there were two sides shown to Maggie. When under duress it was apparent Maggie was withdrawn and uncommunicative with her peers, as her demeanour and circumstances changed she became more sensitive, forthright and independent drawing me closer to her. I felt a bond with Claudia a character who loved and protected Maggie, she reminded me a little of myself, a selfless character who would do anything to help another.
Don’t get me wrong not all the characters were worthy of my praise, there were a few dubious and repulsive personalities who I would gladly see an expiration date on, which is exactly what I think Netta portrayed in a methodical manner.
Netta has produced a book with edge, even though Maggie contains scenes which some readers may find wretched, Netta has communicated the topic with sensitivity and not sensationalised it, but stuck to the facts.
Questions are raise in rapid succession, deaths just as fast, holy moly my head was spinning, even with all the furore I was a bundle of nerves wondering what could possibly happen next.
Netta is a first-class writer, a master of psychological intensity which will have you hanging on by your fingertips with fear and trepidation.
Thank you to Bloodhound Books, Netta Newbound and Sarah Hardy for an advanced readers copy of Maggie in exchange for an honest and impartial opinion.
My name’s Netta Newbound. I write thrillers in many different styles — some grittier than others. The Cold Case Files have a lighter tone and are full of fun. I also write a series set in London, which features one of my favourite characters, Detective Adam Stanley. These books are a little grittier. My standalone books, The Watcher and An Impossible Dilemma, are not for the faint hearted, and it seems you either love them or hate them—I’d love to know what you think.
Originally from Manchester, England, I have travelled extensively and have lived and worked in a variety of exciting places. I now live in New Zealand with my husband. We have three grown up children and four grandchildren.