Untouchable - Sibel Hodge

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Official Blurb:

It's Maya and Jamie's anniversary, and she waits with excitement for him to return home for a celebratory dinner. There's a knock at the door. It's the police. Jamie has been found hanging in a local wood.
His death is ruled a suicide, but Maya doesn't believe Jamie would take his own life. Something isn't right. Someone has broken into her house. Someone is watching her. And someone has gone to great lengths to cover up what Jamie was doing before he died.
Maya's grief turns to suspicion, and as she begins to investigate the weeks leading up to Jamie's death, her trail leads her to a place known as "The Big House" and the horrific secrets within. Secrets people will stop at nothing to keep hidden. People linked to the heart of the Establishment who think they're untouchable.
Now Maya has a dangerous decision to make. How far is she prepared to go to reveal the truth?

My Thoughts:

I first met Mitchell and Maya in ‘Into the Darkness’. I hadn’t realised then that they had been in a previous origin story. So, of course, I had to go back and read this. It was great to find out how they had come to know one another and to learn of each of their tragic backgrounds.
This book is very hard-hitting and in some places very hard to read. However, at the same time, it is completely compelling and gripping. I devoured this story very quickly as I needed to know whether justice could prevail.
Maya has suffered a terrible loss. Her heartache was beautifully written, and you could really feel her anguish. I would be exactly the same if anything were to happen to Morgan. I wouldn’t be able to function. She knows, though, that Jamie’s end wasn’t everything that it looked like. So she starts to investigate and meets Mitchell.
The book is split into three parts. The first alternates between Maya’s grief and Jamie’s back story. It is Jamie’s story that is hard to read. I had to keep reminding myself that he was only ten years old. Truly devastating and repulsive.
Part two is following Maya only as she gets closer to the truth. Part three is from Mitchell’s perspective and his solution to the problem that Maya and himself could find no other way to solve. I was utterly immersed in this book. I was horrified by some of the actions and even more so once I had read the author’s note at the end where she explains what propelled this story into being.
I did feel that part three was a little rushed, I felt that so much more had to happen or we could have had a little bit more detail and a bit more time to savour what was happening. I was at 98% and thinking how can this story conclude in the next 2%. It does, but it felt rushed. This didn’t ruin the ‘pleasure’ of this book (can you really say such a harrowing story was a pleasure to read? All I know is I appreciated and enjoyed this book very much.) I just would have liked a little more from the end.
Overall, a dynamic, powerful and forcible story that I will be thinking about for a while.

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by Sibel Hodge
Date Started
21st October 2019
Date Finished
22nd October 2019
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