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Seven Days

By: Alex Lake
Narrated by: Laura Kirman
Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (86 ratings)

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Summary

The twisty new psychological thriller from the Sunday Times best-selling author. 

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 12 years Maggie has been imprisoned in a basement. Abducted aged 15, 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.... 

©2019 Alex Lake (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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A weaker version of the Room

When I downloaded this book I did expect it to have some semblance to the Room, and I was right it did. There was the same premise, abducted teenager held captive, brutally abused and has captors child who remains in the hidden room with her. The difference with this book was the flash back narrative exploring what happens to the abducted girls family over the years of her disappearance and the revelation of the captor early on in the book. The difference between this book and Room is the elegance of the narrative in Room and the exploration of the captive woman's mental deterioration and the long term impact on both her and the child when they escape. Seven Days is far less elegant and becomes rather pedestrian at the end (to say more would be a spoiler) The idea of Maggie staying sane in such dreadful circumstances and losing two children before Max without having a total breakdown does stretch belief and is never explored in the book. Not my favourite book.

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Listened in two days, would recommend

Pretty good, kept me interested. It's been compared to room but it's different in that we see how her family copes in the outside world. The narrator was good, if at times a little robotic sounding.

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An emotional rollercoaster !

This story line was very sad but written in such a realistic way . Absolute gripping and interesting while I went through a lot of emotions throughout listening this book. The narration was perfect and I could not stop listening and finished this book within a day. Sad story which was written brilliantly !

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Gripping

Brilliant story line. Excellent narrator. I don't do reviews, but I will say don't miss this one

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Alex lake nails it again!

I am a fan of Alex lake and have read all previous books by this author and always read them within the 48hours

Fast paced, page turners is what Alex does best and this one did not fail to meet the usual expectations!

5 stars from me for the audible version this time although I do think Georgia Maguire is the best narrator for thriller type books so she may of been better suited :)

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Excellent !

Very gripping an excellent book -highly recommended ..suspense and exciting -already recommended to friends - put it in your wish list

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brilliant

what a book. didn't want it to end . . . . . . .

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Sinister and tense

Dark, sinister and tense. Had me on the edge of my seat! Highly recommend it.

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Seven Days

Really struggled to finish this book. I found it boring and repetitive with very basic, unimaginative style of writing. The plot itself could have been boiled down to two, maybe three sentences and I found myself skipping through several chapters, just to get to the ending. I feel disappointed I couldn’t enjoy it more, me expectations were a lot higher after reading several positive reviews.

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Brilliant!

This is the first time I’ve written a review and I’m writing it as I was so impressed with this book! I’d thought it might be too similar to the book Room but it is very different. I really grew to care for all the characters (apart from the clearly evil one!) and was totally absorbed in all of their stories (as story is written from their different view points)- a great listen!

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  • 17-02-20

Riveting!

The best audio book I've ever listened to. Kept winding tighter and tighter towards the end. Brilliant!