4 out of 4 stars
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The novel, Concealment by Rose Edmunds, begins as a tale about a young girl whose father died when she was young, and whose mother, in her grief, started to hoard things. Exploding with junk, only a single path remained to maneuver through the house. No water for bathing or drinking was available. The young girl, Amy, was ashamed of living in filth, so she never had friends over. She felt guilty because her mother blamed her for the deluge of garbage surrounding them. Eventually, when she grew older, she shunned her mother and left her alone in the gloom. After she left home, she obtained a new job, was determined to do well, and closely held a secret that she could not share with anyone. However, that was when her fourteen years old self- showed up and began conversing with her. Amy soon began to wonder what was real and what was imaginary. She lost the sense of who she was, and the situation took a turn for the worse...
Hoarding was a fascinating subject to choose. We are apt to see a one- dimensional side when watching tv. To experience the situation through a child's eyes, was unique. Amy felt resentful that her mother was so sick and failed to take care of her. Her mother would not love her. I was also interested in the topic of mental health that the author deftly handled with respect for the two women. Also, it schooled the reader in ways to find help, so often, critical information is left out. I am glad that the author provided examples for readers to use. The story was one-of-a-kind, and the mystery was gripping. I preferred the hoarder storyline the best, and watching her disintegrating sense of self- was riveting.
The office workers are evil. They are spineless toads, and the lengths they are prepared to pursue, to keep their secret, involves a direct parallel to the secret that Amy is keeping. Secrets that are held eventually blow up. I know, however, that the criminals are integral to the storyline even if they are evil.
I rate this book a 4 out of 4 stars because it was excellent, well-written, interesting, and eye-opening. As a result of this story, I will never view the plight of the hoarder in the same way. Now I understand the truly devastating and painful effects that can lead to a life of loneliness and solitude.
I did not give this story a 3 due to the above reasons, and because it exceeded the criteria for good. I hope we get to see more of Amy in the years to come.
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