Publication Date: 24th April 2014
Book Source: Penguin Australia & NetGalley
Synopsis: Young teen Adam Vander has grown tall enough, strong enough, to escape his abusive father. Emerging from behind the locked door of their rambling suburban home, Adam steps into a world he knows little of.
In the days that follow, with the charismatic and streetwise Billy as his guide, Adam begins to experience all that he's missed out on. And he begins to understand that he has survived something extraordinary.
As the bond between the boys grows, questions begin to surface. Who is Adam really? Why was he kept so hidden? Was it just luck that Billy found him, or an unsettling kind of fate?
It's a treacherous climb from the darkness. For one boy to make it, the other might have to fall through the cracks.
Through the Cracks is a concise, darkly disturbing read, it's also a story of survival.
I was blown away last year by Honey Brown's psychological thriller, Dark Horse and I've been waiting with bated breath for her new book to pop up on NetGalley. I was fortunate (and in a rush) ... grabbed it without even giving the synopsis a glance, total faith that Through the Cracks wouldn't disappoint. Readers have mentioned that the synopsis gave too much away so I've taken the liberty of paring it down to avoid anything 'spoiler-ish.'
Honey Brown writes brilliantly, Through the Cracks is a whole lot of feeling ...
uncomfortable, shudder-y, heart-sick, sad, angry, I could almost taste despair, it made me want answers and justice and yet, it was told without overly graphic detail. Don't get me wrong, you are left in no doubt about the depravities and horror inflicted but there's nothing gratuitous.
When teenage Adam escapes his abusive father with protective, street-smart, Billy, I felt a sense of wonderment as he began to experience some of what he had missed. Adam and Billy are a complex mix of innocence, naivety, knowledge and jaded despair, old in experiences no child should ever have to experience.
The involvement of people in positions of trust, people with power and influence had me spitting-angry. I wanted to scream at the 'system'. People's apathy made me cry. I was fearful of the outcome but hopeful someone would come through for these boys.