Premise: Three children wake up in a basement room. They have been drugged and taken from their beds in the middle of the night. Now they are alone. Where are their parents? Who can they trust? The family has been betrayed to the government and Salt Cottage, their home on a clifftop above the ocean, is no longer safe. Their motherâ€²s scientific work has put them all in danger. To protect them, she must let them go. She must put her faith in an old family friend — and in her childrenâ€²s own resilience and courage.
This is a book that you are either going to love or hate, for me I am on the fence ’cause I really don’t like to hate things, it is a bit disappointing, not because she’s not a brilliant author, she is, Bride Stripped Bare was riveting and unput-downable, and the premise of her new book had my interest piqued.
Nikki has written the story in the second person and I found it hard to get my head around and I didn’t really ‘get’ the story until the kids wake up in chapter 39.Â I didn’t understand how she could see and hear what they were doing when she wasn’t there, it was like she was a fly on the wall but she wasn’t she was hidden away somewhere, may be my brain is too literal or because the story-line jumped around a little bit.
The narrator is a married woman whose involvement in a top secret scientific project has put her life, and the lives of her family and husband, in danger. So to protect her children, daughter Soli and twin boys Tidge and Mouse, from the security forces she has them drugged and shuffled away to a secret hiding place.
There are lots of religious anecdotes and the book raises the conflict and complexity of the realms of spirituality, religion, ethics and science and to the narrating character, religion and science just don’t mix.Â Which of course raises the issues of parents having opposing beliefs and how that will impact the raising of their children and not tear their love apart.
The Bride Stripped Bare was also written from the second person but it was less complicated and I did find Rapture to be challenging, I think it’s an intellectual read rather than an easy breezy chic lit read that I was expecting.Â I don’t know if it’s a literary genius so you will need to make up your own mind.Â And Emily McGuire from The Age has written a good review that explains a few things for me that I missed 🙂
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