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Psychological Thriller | The Orphans by Annemarie Neary

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In March 2016, Annemarie Neary was in my hot seat chatting about her novel Siren.  I’m honoured to have been able to read her latest release, The Orphans, ahead of publication (you’re in for a page turning read!).

The Orphans is publishing today in Kindle format and hardcover with the paperback release in April 2018.

The Orphans Annemarie Neary

Hardcover: 352 pages

Publisher: Hutchinson (27 July 2017)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0091959284

ISBN-13: 978-0091959289

Eight-year-old Jess and her little brother were playing at the water’s edge when their parents vanished.

For hours the children held hands and waited for them to return. But nobody ever came back.

Years later, Jess has become a locker of doors. Now a lawyer and a mother, she is determined to protect the life she has built around her. But her brother Ro has grown unpredictable, elusive and obsessive.

When new evidence suggests that their mother might be alive, Ro reappears, convinced that his sister knows more than she claims.

And then bad things start to happen.

I was hooked from the beginning … the prologue in North Goa 1992 left me with so many questions that I needed answers to.  As we get to know Jess and brother Ro, I was caught up in their personalities/lives and the effect being abandoned has on them as adults.

I love the process where a story begins and we know very little about the characters, basing reactions on our own perceptions.  How wrong I was in the beginning about Ro! Took me a while to let go of what I wanted him to be and how I thought he should act!  He disappointed me so many times but I understood why.  I felt so many emotions, quite complex, in regards to Ro.  There were times when his humanity came to the fore … if only for a very short time.

Jess has the same emotional need although projects into the world in a totally different way.  The story needed Miles to push her out of her blinkered and false sense of security lifestyle.  I couldn’t find any redeeming features in either husband Charlie or nanny Hana. I wanted Jess to take control and flip everything upside down!  She needed to know the secrets to release her though …

It’s obvious Annemarie Neary knows the profile of psychopathic behaviour and mental illness – the vulnerable members of our society.  She skillfully weaves these behaviours through the plot making it fast paced, atmospheric and a tense read.

Highly recommended by me.



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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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