Reviews & Ramblings

Review: When I Was Ten by Fiona Cummins

When I Was Ten, draws you in from the first page, from the get-go, it is filled with characters that you are unsure if you can trust, all with their own agenda and secrets.

Immediately, I am intrigued by Brinley and her story, how she fits and what her role is. She has such a strong personality, she is inquisitive and has a need to know everything, which is what makes her an amazing journalist, her role is fantastic.

Part 2 brings us a world of emotion, neglect, malnourishment and abuse. It is almost hard to read from the girls young points of view. It is so powerful, gritty and raw.

Twist after twist, this book will have you reeling. It is a roller-coaster of twists and turns that you won’t see coming, that will bring you to your knees. The fact that these girls were 12 and younger is chilling but also heartbreaking. Cummins writes them so well but also writes from their point of views perfectly. It is mesmerising to read.

The final twist is something so left of field, something I didn’t see coming and it shocked me so much that I had to put the book down for ten minutes to process it.
Cummins is a master suspense writer, this is the first of her novels I have read, but it certainty won’t be the last.

Well written from the first to the last, engaging, captivating, thrilling and packed full of suspense, When I Was Ten is a masterpiece. This leaves no room for doubt or wonder, is it fast paced, full of action and it is psychologically gripping. If crime fiction, thriller or psychological thrillers are your thing, then you need this book in your life.

Thank you so much to the team at Macmillan Australia for sending me a review copy of this title. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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