An incredible psychological crime thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the Top Ten Sunday Times bestselling author
‘This is creepy storytelling of the highest order: spine-chilling and difficult to put down’ Daily Mail
A race against time to save her child…
In seven days, Maggie’s son, Max, turns three. But she’s not planning a party or buying presents or updating his baby book. She’s dreading it. Because in her world, third birthdays are the days on which the unthinkable happens… she loses her child.
For the last twelve years Maggie has been imprisoned in a basement. Abducted aged fifteen, she gave birth to two sons before Max, and on their third birthdays her captor came and took them from her.
She cannot let it happen again. But she has no idea how to stop it. And the clock is ticking…
'Great hook, fast-paced, fully engrossing. Don't miss out – read it now!' Sam Carrington, author of The Missing Wife
‘A superb read for suspense fans, this taut thriller will have you racing for the finish’ Heat
‘A gripping page turner’ Closer
‘An expert at crafting chilling scenes that will instantly capture a reader’s imagination’ Woman & Home
‘Evocative writing and emotional rawness’ Woman’s Weekly
‘By far the best proof I’ve received this year’ Reviews by Chloe
‘OMG – WOW!!! I have no other words…go buy and read this book now, it is that AMAZING!’ Rachel’s Random Reads
‘WHAT. A. RIDE. The adrenaline raced through me as I read this jaw-dropping thriller’ Emma’s Biblio Treasures
‘I couldn’t put the story down’ Jaffa Reads Too
‘An addictive, tense and chilling read’ The Book Review Cafe
About the author
Alex Lake is a British novelist who was born in the North West of England. After Anna, the author’s first novel written under this pseudonym, was a No.1 bestselling ebook sensation and a top-ten Sunday Times bestseller. The author now lives in the North East of the US.
Scrambled narrative with just a mediocre story
For twelve long years, Maggie Cooper has been held prisoner, her world nothing more but a dark room in a cellar. Abducted as a child, all Maggie knows is the familiar scrape of the door opening, a sound she dreads and loathes. Having mothered three sons in captivity, all Maggie wants, is for her remaining child Max to see the light of day. Having two of her sons taken away from her by her abductor, Seven Days is a crime thriller filled with a suspenseful story of unbent resolve, courage and resourcefulness with quite a few twists and turns.
In all honesty, it took me an year to finish this book - having picked it up and put down many, many times. The story is compelling but narrated in bits and pieces that seems like a trail mix of characters and dates. It isn’t incoherent by any means, but the jumbled narrative often gets exasperating. While it does well showing the aftermath of Maggie’s kidnapping from the perspective of her parents and sibling, there is quite a lot that feels left out, especially the history between her family and her captor. The identity of her kidnapper is revealed halfway through the book, and fails to deliver on a jaw-dropping twist that could have otherwise salvaged a mediocre, largely uninteresting read.