Thursday, September 4, 2014

Review: The Barter by Siobhan Adcock

Title: The Barter by Siobhan Adcock
Release Date: September 4, 214
Star Rating: 3/5
Publisher: Dutton Books
Genres: Thriller, Paranormal, Adult
More Info: Goodreads / Amazon

"A heart-stopping tale as provocative as is suspenseful, about two conflicted women, separated by one hundred years, and bound by an unthinkable sacrifice. 
The Barter is a ghost story and a love story, a riveting emotional tale that also explores motherhood and work and feminism. Set in Texas, in present day, and at the turn of the twentieth century, the novel follows two young mothers at the turning point of their lives."

My Review

   The Barter is told from two women's perspective living one hundred years apart that have a link between them. There is a parallel between the women: recent mothers coping with new responsibilities. These responsibilities seem to come at the price of their independence and taking on those catered to domestic life. Both are tested in bartering their lives and their loved ones. Would you take an hour of your life? 
    I believe this is a book for new mothers, or mothers in general, who like paranormal. It is a concept they can relate to: Would you give up something or do anything for your children or those you love? I took the message that one should never wallow in grief, keep living life, and loving others. Time can work against you and you should not waste it. You should always show your love to make it known and not live in regret for not doing so.
    This book definitely had some creepiness! After all the horror films out there it is easy to imagine what situations in the books would have been like. In the first chapter we are introduced to the ghost. The novel really picks up after the first 100 pages and I flew threw them. You are never really quite sure how the novel will end. 
   I would recommend this book to those who like paranormal and my new-mom friends. 

Thank you to Dutton Books and Penguin for sending me this ARC.


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