The Girl in the Basement by Dianne Bates
Dianne Bates’ Nobody’s Boy was the first book we reviewed on Creative Kids Tales so it is only fitting that our first eBook review should be by the same author. Check out our Facebook page to see how you could win a copy of The Girl in the Basement.
The cover instantly grips you and invokes sympathy for this young girl. I adore the cover; it is both eerie and telling, very fitting for this story.
Libby is just like any other 16 year old girl, attractive, loved by her friends, adored by her parents and eager to enjoy all life has to offer.
On her way home from a bad date Libby is suddenly ripped from the only life she has ever known. A man, who she will come to call Psycho Man has beaten Karl and thrown her in the back of his van.
Within seconds he is on top of her, fear consumes her; she is overcome with the smell of chemicals. Serena is born.
It is unclear why he has taken her, but she soon learns it was not a random act. He’s been watching her, but why? Libby soon learns that you catch more flies with honey and uses all her strength to comply with Psycho Man's wishes.
Before too long Libby realises her new ‘Papa’ has stolen another young life.... Angus. A young boy half Libby’s age but one who is just as terrified.
But Angus refuses to play Psycho Man’s game, he won’t eat, he fights back and his language does nothing but disgust his captor.
Desperate to replace his siblings whose life he took years earlier. Psycho man’s sick obsession with Serena (Libby) and James (Angus) is a volatile combination of longing and dominance.
Libby tries to escape numerous times only to be confronted by another more vicious side to her captor. Each time she tries ends up with her being beaten, but the last time within an inch of her life.
How will Libby survive? Will she ever get out alive? Will Angus’s spirit be broken? How many will die at the hands of this killer?
The Girl in the Basement is scary. In fact, only a few pages in I felt queasy. Did I want to know where this story was going? How could I go on? How could I not?
I was fortunate to attend the launch of The Girl in the Basement and hear how Dianne dissected the story. Her inspiration coming from a Polaroid photo discovered years earlier by a shopper in a Florida car park.
Dianne’s ability to enter the mind of both victim and psychopath is chilling.
If you’re looking for light reading, this is not it! It’s not your typical YA novel, Dianne classes it as a cross-over novel. But it’s definitely a page turner, you won’t be disappointed. Just don’t do as I did and read it on public transport because you are left wondering if the man sitting next to you is Psycho Man!
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