A freaky Fritzl-esque story narrated by a 5-year old boy born to a captive mother in an 11’ x 11’ shed. Interesting and intensely gripping leading up to the escape attempt, but it peters out after that. It’s well documented that readers eventually turn on the boy narrator, and the author should have predicted that and offered other POVs like Old Nick, an old boyfriend who married someone else or Theon Greyjoy.
Unbelievably, in the second half of the book you will even start to lose patience with Ma, the brilliant heroine who raised Jack in such a balanced fashion within an astonishingly stunted environment. Just because you were abducted and abused for 7-years, that doesn’t give you the right to be so snippy with everyone!
As has become a theme on this blog, this book could have withstood a 100-page haircut with no damage done. If you are curious, go for it. Otherwise, there are better things to read out there.