🎊🎊🎊 It’s the weekend 🎊🎊🎊 so I know you need a new read!! Today I’m sharing my thoughts of Marc Scotts’s debut House Of Straw.
Massive thanks to the amazing Sarah Hardy of Book On The Bright Side Publicity for inviting me on the blog tour and my e-copy of House Of Straw.
‘Beautifully brutal, dark and twisted’
Traumatised by the tragic death of her twin brother, Brianna falls into a state of deep depression, isolating herself from the world and all those that care about her. When a twist of fate reveals that she has a half-sister she finds a new purpose in her life and sets out to find her sibling, desperately hoping she can fill the void left in her world.
Poppy has not enjoyed the same privileged lifestyle as her sister while growing up. Abandoned into the care system at the age of eight, she has encountered both physical and sexual abuse for most of her life. Passing through the hands of more care homes and foster families than she can remember, the damaged product of a broken upbringing, Poppy has never found a place to feel truly safe. Kicking back at society, she turns to drug abuse and acts of extreme violence to escape from reality.
When the two siblings are finally united, they discover that they have much more in common than their DNA. Their paths are shrouded with sinister secrets of betrayal and regret and both girls share a deep-rooted hatred for one of their parents. As the dark truths of their lives are unveiled they realise that nothing can ever be the same again…
What Did I Think?
OMG what an opening chapter. I felt numb as I read the events of that tragic evening. The thought of losing a sibling is heart breaking but I know that twins have a very different relationship… I work with three twins and they are all very tight!
These are two women connected by fraternal blood and DNA but couldn’t be more different… but mentally both messed up by the cards life has dealt them. This story really hammers home that money does not necessarily make you happy. Poppy’s story was heartbreaking and yet to see her change over the years because of her upbringing was upsetting in a different way. Bree on the other hand was so insular after losing Jamie, determined to push everyone away. But one conversation with a six year old … kids can be so perceptive it’s scary!
It was addictive reading as the narrative switched between Poppy, Bree and the past. I really wanted to see how the two sisters’ relationship developed particularly with their such different backgrounds. How would this story end? Who was the girl in the yellow coat? That was one mystery I couldn’t solve. Scott has written a complex domestic noir, emotionally charged book. I really enjoyed it!
Who Is Marc Scott
Marc Scott was born and bred in the heart of East London. His dark and gritty writing style has earned him much praise with readers.
He worked in the film and video industry for more than twenty years, the highlight of which was spending twelve months based in Hollywood, organising marketing campaigns for a UK film distributor.
More recently he spent several years working with young offenders as part of his role associated with the court service. It was during this time he became deeply moved by the tragic story of one young girl who was struggling to come to terms with the neglect and abuse she had suffered throughout her life. Her tragic case inspired him to write his first novel HOUSE OF STRAW.
The book has already received excellent reviews from bloggers and buyers and his second book is planned for release at the end of 2020.
His favourite book is Birdy by William Wharton, which he confesses to have read at least half a dozen times. He also enjoys the works of Kazuo Ishiguro. ‘I love authors that can find something that is extraordinary in ordinary people’ he says. ‘A reader wants to feel like a bystander all through the journey and that only happens if they can feel an emotional attachment to the main characters’.
Marc lives in Buckinghamshire and has three grown-up children George, Marissa and Amie. He says his daughters have been the main motivation behind his love of writing. ‘I always run everything past them. Their honest appraisals definitely keep me on the right track’ he says.
He is a keen sports fan and has an undying passion for Leyton Orient Football Club.