I reviewed the first in this series a few days ago, and now it’s the turn of the second. Although each may be read as a standalone, I was happy that I’d already consumed The Brotherhood. If you haven’t don’t let that stop you though as the Refuge can easily be read without any of the background in the Brotherhood.
I have to say, I really struggled with this book though. I persevered because the first in the series took me a long time to work through. But, in the end, the review date came and I still haven’t finished it. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of plot laying going on, But, after starting to read this over two weeks ago, I’m only about one third of the way through which is SLOW progress for me. While there are strands that I know will be developed, the issue is that I just can’t get inspired to read them.
I’m not sure why. The problem may be that some of the dialogue feels forced, there’s quite a lot of information dumping within it that could be better written and I do find that distracting. It may also be that I don’t particularly like the new character, but that kind of thing doesn’t usually bother me so I’m at a loss here I’m afraid.
BUT, like I said in my review of the first in series, that was also a slow burn and while it was nowhere near as slow as this, I will persevere so the story must have something that keeps me coming back. But, I’m afraid for the purposes of this review, it has to go down as a did not finish. I’ll update this as and when I reach the end.
Following the death of The Brotherhood’s charismatic but sinister leader, Dominic, Melissa and her husband Mark resolve to turn the Abbey into a refuge for victims of do
mestic abuse. But when Melissa’s long-lost sister, Jess, turns up at the Abbey, new complications arise.
The Abbey residents welcome the new arrival but find it hard to cope with the after-effects of her past. As Jess struggles to come to terms with what she’s been through, her sudden freedom brings unforeseen difficulties. The appearance of a stalker – who bears a striking resemblance to the man who kept her prisoner for nine years – leads to serious problems for Jess.
Meanwhile, Mark also finds that his past is coming back to haunt him. When a mother and daughter venture from the Abbey into the local town for a shopping trip, there are dreadful consequences.
A build-up of tension, a poorly baby and a well-planned trap lead Mel, Jess and their family into a terrifying situation.
Can Jess overcome the traumas of her past to rescue her sister?
About Jo Fenton
Jo Fenton grew up in Hertfordshire. She devoured books from an early age, particularly enjoying adventure books, school stories and fantasy. She wanted to be a scientist from aged six after being given a wonderful book titled “Science Can Be Fun”. At eleven, she discovered Agatha Christie and Georgette Heyer, and now has an eclectic and much loved book collection cluttering her home office.
Jo combines an exciting career in Clinical Research with an equally exciting but very different career as a writer of psychological thrillers.
When not working, she runs (very slowly), and chats to lots of people. She lives in Manchester with her husband, two sons, a Corgi and a tankful of tropical fish. She is an active and enthusiastic member of two writing groups and a reading group.
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