My romantic suspense/thriller ‘A House Without Windows’ is FREE today and tomorrow. A tale of how love overcomes the most horrific obstacles, it won a New Apple Book Award in 2014 and a Readers Favorite Gold Award in 2015.
Dr Beth Nichols thinks she has been held captive by Edwin Evans for about 8 or 9 years now. Amidst her grief she often looks back and thinks about her fiancée Liam. She lays awake at night staring at the one light bulb that is never switched off, and prays that he is still out there somewhere searching for her……..
5 star review from Bang2Write:
“Topical given the high profile cases of women kidnapped and kept in homestead dungeons in recent years (and sometimes even forced to raise families with their tormentors), A HOUSE WITHOUT WINDOWS is an empathetic and heartfelt character study. It would have been easy to stay *just* within the “present” and make this a Hollywoodised “race against time”-type plot, but Turner avoids this expected route with panache. Instead, told via first and third person accounts, via diary entries, letters and emails, A HOUSE WITHOUT WINDOWS is to me first and foremost a love story: one in which the characters are faced with unimaginable horrors, yet faith in themselves and in one another gets them through. Even better, none of these horrors are salacious or nasty, but matter of fact, keeping them realistic and not sensational. Even antagonist Edwin’s motivations are understandable, if not condoned and an impressive resolution reminds us that even people whose actions are simply vile, are still people. I read this book all in one go and recommend it most highly. ”
5 star review from an Amazon customer:
Stevie Turner’s writing sparkles in A House Without Windows. The author succeeds at smothering the shocking story of years-long kidnap in prose that takes the reader gently into the maelstrom of mental illness and leads the reader to the reality of a bright young woman’s nightmare experience. Ordinarily this type of story would frighten me, but Turner deadens the shock with the mundane. Often seen through the eyes of a child born in the cellar prison, who knows no other experience and must live life vicariously through descriptions in a single book, the strength of the kidnapped woman takes center stage not the sordidness of her years-long ordeal.
Masterfully written with an unexpectedly positive tone, especially considering the scenario presented, the author adds cultural nuance using right-on-the-mark language and expressions in the mouths of children on both sides of the ‘big pond’. Having lived in both the UK and Canada, this reader can attest to the author’s careful attention to detail. The ‘Beaches’ in Toronto feels and looks as real as the train station in Croydon. Remarkable tension builds in the ordinary if being imprisoned in a cellar could be by any stretch of the imagination considered mundane. Suspense, carefully stitched into the plausible reactions of a son wanting to meet his estranged father despite the fact that the older man is suffering from delusions in a mental institution, carries the reader forward with trepidation to an unexpected ending.
A House Without Windows goes one layer deeper though. Not only a human drama, the story displays the underside of a penal system infatuated by its own good intentions. Despite frightening his parole ‘cum’ social worker with empty cold eyes above smiling lips, the kidnapper wheedles his way back on the street again and bides his time to strike again. Remarkably, this social realism doesn’t bog down a beautifully crafted story, instead the reader is left to judge or not on his own. In the same way that English character triumphed over Hitler, Stevie Turner enlivens and celebrates the strength of the human spirit particularly in the person of the protagonist but all of her people ring true.