|The Puppet Master - Abigail Osborne|
I hate to start with a trigger warning to any book review, as I'm very much of the opinion that triggers can be incredibly subjective, but this book made for difficult reading at times. I wouldn't recommend to anyone who would be affected by issues surrounding child abuse etc.
The character cast in the title role of puppet master was one of the most awful people I've read about.
Billie, one of the victims, has been living her life in hiding since those dreadful days. It's the only way she can deal with life since escaping from her childhood tormentor. Little does she know that whilst he may not be showing it, he is keeping tabs on her and knows exactly where she is at all times.
Whilst there were a couple of issues which I found rather difficult to believe (the love story element was a little far-fetched, IMO), all in all the story was fast-paced once you discover each puppet's role and the fear sets in as you realise that actually once Billie makes an awful discovery, she may also be fast running out of time.
As a debut novel, I found that this drew the reader in and enjoyed the writing style.