The Sham by Ellen Allen


By: Ellen Allen

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

“Six months ago, my boyfriend was quite a catch. Ask anyone. But that was before the stubbly face, the cruddy clothes, the living rough in the woods. Before the headaches forced him to constantly rub his forehead like he’s trying to remove indelible ink. And way before now where he’s covered in blood…”

That is the opening paragraph to this novel. I dare anyone to read that and not be instantly intrigued. It is just not possible.

However, I feel compelled to comment on the target age for this book. I definitely do no think this is appropriate for anyone under the age of 16. There is a very disturbing scene near the beginning where four girls torment a young boy and one aspect of that scene actually made me sick to my stomach. Because of that scene I recommend this for ages 18 and up.

Eighteen year old Emily lives in a town the locals call “The Sham” with her dysfunctional family.

When babysitting her infant sister one day Emily comes across four local teenage ‘mean girls.’ They have abducted a young boy from a local supermarket and spend some quality time torturing him. (This is the scene that made me feel ill.) The torture is stopped by a mysterious young man named Jack.

Emily finds herself drawn to Jack and he seems drawn to her as well.

A few days after the incident at the park, one of the girls involved turns up dead.

As more girls go missing, the police zero in on Jack as the likely suspect.

Emily must decide whether to believe in the evidence or to choose to follow her gut and defend Jack as innocent. But, she might just end up dead or missing herself.

There are quite a few twists and turns to this story and the ending is surprising.

I do not want to ruin the story for any potential readers so I will save any further comments for another time.

This book would make a good selection for a Book Club since there are so many topics and plot twists to discuss. It is definitely worth reading.

I give THE SHAM a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

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