Short Spoiler Free Review (longer review below)
“1976: Peggy Hillcoat is eight. She spends her summer camping with her father, playing her beloved record of The Railway Children and listening to her mother’s grand piano, but her pretty life is about to change.
Her survivalist father, who has been stockpiling provisions for the end which is surely coming soon, takes her from London to a cabin in a remote European forest. There he tells Peggy the rest of the world has disappeared.
Her life is reduced to a piano which makes music but no sound, a forest where all that grows is a means of survival. And a tiny wooden hut that is Everything.”
(Mystery / Survival)
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Two word review: its ok.
I love survival type books and this jumped out to me straight away, I was intrigued! The story is very well written but as a book, I simple think it was just ok.
I mean, I did enjoy reading it and got through it quiet quick, but nothing grabbed me that made me want to read on, the story was predictable and I guessed what was going to happen at the end.
The characters are intriguing but it takes a while for the book to begin and then because it’s spread over so many years, there’s not a huge amount of detail. Hmm, I guess it was a strange book really, I did enjoy it but it wasn’t anything special.
🚨 ALERT: SPOILERS BELOW: ALERT 🚨
As Iv said above, this story was a strange one for me because I enjoyed it but didn’t think it was fantastic.
I loved Peggy but think the story was abit ruined when her name was changed to Punzel, I know it was supposed to be fairytale like but sticking to Peggy would have been fine. I guessed that Peggy had made Rueben up in her mind which made the book kind of predictable. I also thought that Peggy’s ‘relationship’ with Rueben near the end wasn’t needed, it made the story go from a young adults book to adults.
It also took a while for the book to actually get started although it did set a background, it took some of the detail away. & I mean, what the hell happened to Oliver Hannington?
I did like the ending and I liked how Fuller rounded it all off nicely. I liked the German parts in the story and it really made you feel part of the story.
I would recommend reading this book as something you just kind of want on the side as an extra read as the book isn’t too long and you can get through it fairly quick.