What It Seems by Emily Bleeker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be "tense". Teeth-grinding, edge-of-your-seat, watching TV while your hands are covering your eyes, TENSE.
The highly disturbing and traumatic premise of this book is mixed with exquisite storytelling. An abusive parent/child relationship, escapism via internet, a literal escape, and slowly the walls of secrecy start crumbling and the truth is finally revealed.
Families are complex, and "What It Seems" digs into the dark family dynamics of abuse, using two different facades to cover similar problems. When it comes to what you're shown on the outside, nothing is quite WHAT IT SEEMS.
View all my reviews
Many thanks to Netgalley for the free copy in exchange for an honest review.
DISCLOSURE: This site uses affiliate links. (What is an affiliate link?) I may earn a small commission for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial, and/or link to any products or services from this website. Purchasing through an affiliate link does not cost more or less than purchasing through a non-affiliate link. Your purchases help support a myself and my family and ensure that I can continue to bring you fresh and exciting content. Thank you for your support.
© Heather Gadd and Literary Gadd, 2016-2022. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Heather Gadd and Literary Madness with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
I am not responsible for republished content from this blog on other blogs or websites without our permission.