Title: Maggie by Netta Newbound
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
When sixteen-year-old Maggie Simms’ mum loses her battle with cancer, the only family she has left is her abusive stepfather, Kenny.
Horrified to discover he intends to continue his nightly abuse, Maggie is driven to put a stop to him once and for all.
However, she finds her troubles are only just beginning when several of her closest allies are killed.
Although nothing seems to be linking the deaths, Maggie believes she is jinxed.
Why are the people she cares about being targeted?
And who is really behind the murders?
Sometimes the truth is closer than you think.
Maggie, reeling from the loss of her mother is left alone with her stepfather Kenny, who has been abusing her for months. Unable to see a way out she kills him.
She is acquitted of his murder but the people who helped her begin dying in seemingly random accidents.
She thinks she’s cursed but local policeman, and Kenny’s best friend, detective Jake Stuart, is hounding her, thinking she is responsible for their deaths.
Now I feel so sorry for Maggie, as she’s only sixteen and she’s forced to commit an unspeakable crime. But I had to keep reminding myself she was that young, as throughout most of the book, (it’s written in the first person), it’s more like a twenty or thirty year old woman talking.
There are some good supporting characters like Claudia, Maggie’s kind neighbour who takes her in after killing Kenny and her friend Rachel, who dumped her when her mother got sick but then rekindled their friendship. Then we have detective Jake Stuart, he is absolutely vile and wished I could punch him in the face.
There’s a few good twists in the story and I liked the little glimpses inside the mind of the killer but I felt the story line was a bit rushed and lacking in detail. Also it felt more like a young adult novel, which there’s nothing wrong with, I love a good YA novel, but I was expecting something a little grittier.
Overall not the most detailed but a quick and easy read.
My name’s Netta Newbound. I write thrillers in many different styles — some grittier than others. The Cold Case Files have a lighter tone and are full of fun. I also write a series set in London, which features one of my favourite characters, Detective Adam Stanley. These books are a little grittier. My standalone books, The Watcher and An Impossible Dilemma, are not for the faint hearted, and it seems you either love them or hate them—I’d love to know what you think.
Originally from Manchester, England, I have travelled extensively and have lived and worked in a variety of exciting places. I now live in New Zealand with my husband. We have three grown up children and four grandchildren.