Back of the Book :
He is her husband. She is his captive.
Her husband calls her Jane. That is not her name.
She lives in a small farm cottage, surrounded by vast, open fields. Everywhere she looks, there is space. But she is trapped. No one knows how she got to the UK: no one knows she is there. Visitors rarely come to the farm; if they do, she is never seen.
Her husband records her every movement during the day. If he doesn’t like what he sees, she is punished.
For a long time, escape seemed impossible. But now, something has changed. She has a reason to live and a reason to fight. Now, she is watching him, and waiting . . .
What I think :
Somewhere in the Norfolk Salt Marshes ..
Jane is trapped.
Jane is not her name. Her name is Thanh Deo and she is an illegal immigrant. She came here to the UK with her sister, hoping for a better life. That didn’t happen. Instead, whilst she was working on a farm she caught the eye of another farmer. He wanted her, so the other farmer ‘sold’ her to him. She is now his wife.
Lenn, her husband, watches her constantly. He has installed video camera’s all over the house. She is not allowed to shut any door, they must be kept open so he can see her at all times. if she does anything wrong or misbehaves or tries to escape, he burns one of her very few possessions. She arrived with 17, she only has 3 left now.
She thinks that things are hopeless and that she’ll never get away.
But then something happens and she starts to think maybe there is hope …
This book is a very dark traumatic read. The whole book is written in ‘Jane’s’ voice, she tells us, in her own words about her life before and after arriving in the UK and then at Lenn’s farm and everything that happens to her there.
Lenn is NOT a nice person, in fact I found him to be a very warped individual. He does some really depraved things to Jane, so much so that I wanted to get a knife and cut something off !!
All the time that these awful things are happening to her Jane never loses her sense of self worth. Lenn might be able to control every other aspect of her life but he can’t get inside her mind.
This is a really well-researched book that I didn’t want to put down, I was up until silly o’clock reading this book. I really loved the tiny little twist at the end !!
The very awful and sad thing to me is that this story could be happening right here, right now, (human trafficking is getting worse and not better) somewhere very close to me and you and that thought, if I’m quite honest makes me feel very anxious to say the least.
This is a haunting story that will stay with me for quite a while.
I give this book 9/10 (5 stars)
Published on07/01/21 by Hodder and Stoughton.
I got my copy from Waterstones for £12.99 (signed copy with orange sprayed edges)