Friday, December 27, 2019

The House Without a Key - by Marin Montgomery

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Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
I've said it before in past reviews...missing children are every parent's worst nightmare, surpassed only by that of the loss of a child. Now that I have a deeper understanding of human trafficking, I'd say that this fear is right up there with them. It's not that I've never heard of human trafficking before, it's more like I've subconsciously chosen not to think about it. I've been living in my own little bubble.

When two young girls go missing, they've more in common than you'd think. Yes, this tale is as complicated as it sounds, yet well worth the read for the eye-openers that it provides. I won't go into too much detail over the story's synopsis, as it's attached to my blog review and listed on Amazon.

Marin Montgomery has brought awareness to the tragic topic of human trafficking in ways that I would never have imagined. Admittedly, I had to stop reading this book, more than once, to gain some composure... and kiss my babies. Rest assured, The House Without a Key is a real page-turner; there's more than just curiosity at play, there's a need to know that Allegra and Maddy would make it out of the hell that they'd found themselves in. To say that this story evokes emotion would be an understatement.

The narrative is cleverly told from several points of view, aiding in the overall understanding of the bigger picture. Luckily, I usually enjoy differing viewpoints as they tend to go hand-in-hand with a story's twists and turns. Never a dull moment! Unfortunately, the story's grammatical errors, paragraph alignment, and timeline gave me pause more than a few times. Out of this grew the necessity to re-read certain parts and date check the table of contents to set things straight. It would have been nice if there had been more attention paid to smoothing out the flow of the timeline and the ultimate conclusion. These are just a few of my thoughts on what didn't work for me. However, even having said all of this, everything is trumped by a deeper calling to bring the girls home. Of course, I could only do so by racing through the pages!

Back to the heart of the story, the pure skill that it takes for an author to create such a disturbance in my personal mindset and invade my everyday thoughts long after I've finished reading their story is truly remarkable. For this, I decided on a four-star rating instead of three. Many thanks go to the author, Marin Montgomery. I was provided with a complimentary copy of The House Without a Key in exchange for my honest review.

I just reviewed The House Without a Key by Marin Montgomery. I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for an engrossing, suspenseful read who doesn't mind dark content matter that tugs at your heartstrings and keeps you reeling for days!

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Book Blurb:
When 17-year-old Maddy Pruitt vanishes from her sleepy town, word on the street is that she ran away. The daughter of an abusive alcoholic with a quick temper, she had every reason to leave in search of something better, and everyone who knew Maddy knew the type of company she kept wasn’t always ideal. But when a second 17-year-old girl from a local, affluent family turns up missing shortly after Maddy’s disappearance, the circumstances become suspicious. Even though the girls are perfect strangers from opposite sides of town, attended separate schools, and traveled in different social circles, it turns out they have more in common than anyone could have imagined. With the clock ticking, those closest to the girls lead a frantic search, uncovering secrets, lies, and a web of deceit that might have the girls paying an ultimate price…if they don’t find them in time.

About Marin Montgomery:
Marin Montgomery is the author of Because You're Mine, The Girl That Got Away, The Ruined Wife, All The Pretty Lies, Into the Night, The Perfect Stranger, and The House Without A Key. Her first novel for Thomas & Mercer is on pre-order now and will be available in May 2020.

Proud to be an Iowa native, she now calls Arizona home.
Marin is represented by Jill Marshal of the Marshal Lyon Literary Agency.

Connect with Marin at or follow her on Instagram @marinmont18.
*Click here for more info on the author.

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