On my blog today, I’m taking part in the blog tour for the new novel by Anita Walker, The Family at No. 12 With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part.
The explosive new thriller from international bestseller Anita Waller.
When Janette answers the door to a potential customer looking to board his dog, she never imagines he has nefarious plans.
But minutes later he’s dead and in her cellar.
Weeks later she realises she’s pregnant.
And so she becomes Mother and the baby Child, and a hidden life begins.
But all secrets come out eventually . . .
I was intrigued by the blurb for The Family at No.12 and Anita Waller is a new author to me, so I thought I’d give it a go. There is a harrowing opening to this book, in which we see Janette being attacked and raped by a random stranger in her own home. There are some vivid details in this scene. But what is even more distressing for Janette, is when she finds out she’s pregnant with her attacker’s child. This throws her into a new terrifying situation she knows she’ll have to deal with on her own.
I felt for Janette in the opening pages in this book, and I could sense how the attack, and subsequent events, had left their mark on her. I liked that she ended up getting a dog, and the relationship there was between them, but I struggled to warm to Janette further after her daughter was born. I could see why Janette treated her child with disdain, not even giving her a name, referring to her only as “the child,” and why Janette almost, didn’t want anything to do with her child. But I was willing there to be some sort of a bond to develop between them, as I thought this would be good for both of them.
I was interested to see what would happen to Janette’s child, and this is what the second part of the novel is devoted to. I don’t want to give anything away here, as this will spoil what happens, but it was fascinating seeing what becomes of her, especially, as she was never allowed out of her house in her early years, and had no social interaction with anyone else. I felt the pacing did drop a little bit in this second half of the novel, but I was still kept invested in her story.
Anita Waller creates a lot of tension, and I was never sure what was going to happen to Janette’s child as she started to grow. Despite the horrific event that happened to her mother, her daughter was innocent in what happened and this was what made me really feel for her as the story progressed.
The Family at No.12 is quite a harrowing read, but I was invested in the characters particularly in the life of Janette’s daughter, and this kept me reading.
Publisher: Boldwood Books
Publication date: 29th November 2022
Print length: 336 pages
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