Seven Days – Alex Lake


In seven days, Maggie’s son, Max, turns three. But she’s not planning a party or buying presents or updating his baby book. She’s dreading it. Because in her world, third birthdays are the days on which the unthinkable happens… she loses her child.

For the last twelve years Maggie has been imprisoned in a basement. Abducted aged fifteen, she gave birth to two sons before Max, and on their third birthdays her captor came and took them from her.

She cannot let it happen again. But she has no idea how to stop it. And the clock is ticking…


After reading some not so great books, I was needed a win, so me choosing Seven Days by Alex Lake was a spur of the moment pick. I had no idea what it was about, just that it had been popping up in my feed consistently for the last few weeks. Advertising works people! Or at least it did with me as I went and read it.

For a spur of the moment pick, it was the best thing I had read so far that week. At first it reminded me of Room and Baby Doll, but then it took on and became its own story. Because of the similarities at the beginning I thought I wasn’t going to enjoy this book, but I was wrong! The timeline of Seven Days and the jumping back and forth, I was hooked and needed to find out what was going to happen.

The writing style and the story itself kept me intrigued and hooked until the very last page. I was so engrossed and gripped to this psychological thriller, needing to keep reading until the very end! You knew who took her, most likely where she is, but I was still hooked and hoping that Maggie was finally going to escape and that Max will get to live past his third birthday. I was hoping for a somewhat happy ending. This is what made this book different to Room and Baby Doll. You don’t know if Maggie and Max are going to escape their captive and get to go back home. You get to see the horror that’s already been suffered and the horror that they’re still suffering and even what’s still to come.

This was tense and suspenseful in places and had me fully engrossed. You got to see the brutality of what Maggie has been going through for all those years, including the loss she has suffered and what more can happen in those crucial seven days time to Max. If he makes it that far! How seven days aren’t that long.

I really enjoyed this book and love when I stumble across a book at random that just grabs you!

Published by ShayneysReviews

Hello! My name is Shayney Hardcastle. I am a massive book enthusiast so I created this blog as my own little place where I can write and express my thoughts and review each book I have read. I am 23 and am currently living in a small town in Wales, in the United Kingdom, and love how reading let's me explore the world outside of this small town. I have also recently been sent more and more books and ARC by authors to review and wanted a place to review them that wasn't just on Goodreads and Amazon.

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