Adult Fiction, Psychological, Suspense, Thriller

Review: Hometown Fences by Ada Cakalli

Sharron Swift has a successful career in London, a loving family living in USA and a good relationship with her colleagues and friends. Everything about her seems to be perfect. However, when the lights are off and she is all by herself, she only thinks about harming herself. As Sharron begins a relationship with the charming and ambitious Liam Monroe, her past begins to haunt her. Her childhood years in Great Falls Town, dominated by the relationship with her best friend Christie Jones seem to define the decisions that Sharron makes as an adult. As the two stories intertwine, will Sharron’s dark secrets finally reveal themselves

5 stars

Psychological Thriller | Suspense | Adult Fiction

***Gifted a copy by the author in exchange for an honest review***

Anyone who knows me, yes I mean really knows me or follows my booksta feed knows that I love a good thriller. Something about psychological thrillers-suspense reads always hit a different spot for me. I think it is the uncertainty of what is really going on, and I do mean what is really going on behind closed doors – skeletons in the closet type intrigue. This one took me through several loops…

First, let me start by saying it took me a bit to really commit to reading this; no particular reason towards the synopsis because I knew what it dealt with, but as I got started I got to some really deep moments in this novel that hit home for me. Lets dive in shall we? This was utterly chilling and beautiful all at the same time. But why the first statement? Easy. The main backbone of this story is surrounding something that I deal with on an extremely personal level – mental illness. It is sometimes not difficult to read through these types of novels, but it depends I guess on where you are at that moment. Cakalli did was explore issues of depression and suicide through the main character Sharron, but in a sense, highlighted aspects of the struggles in a type of true nature that made it so riveting, sad, beautiful and shocking all in one blow.

Secondly, what I really loved about this was the separate timelines of Sharron. Gosh I am a sucker for multiple timelines, it always feels like it aided the pacing, building up the storyline of our main character. Sharron really struggles with separating herself from what occurred in the past to the present; she is honestly really stuck in this overwhelming cage of herself. This is where it really hit the nail (stepping away from mental illness), when you are upset to some degree I think everyone starts running through what they did wrong or how to do something better. However for Sharron , or someone who struggles with mental illness, it goes to a different level. I think that is where it hit me so much. Sharron started weeding out every little moment, which was no big enough, nor too small of situation that made her really loathe herself more. She was the problem, at least that is how it felt. Reading her silently in her head overthinking things just still brings tears to my eyes; I know how that feels, gosh do I know.

I always talk about how I connected to a particular character or books, especially in my love of RomCom’s, but this – Hometown Fences hit on a different level. I did not know how much I needed this in that moment until I finally finished, so much so that my therapist and I had an entire session discussing it. I loved every minute of this read.

I highly recommend giving this a read for anyone who enjoys a good psychological suspense, even if just for that reason I think it was phenomenal. Adding in if you want to read something surrounding mental illness, I still recommend it. I personally cannot wait to see what Cakalli writes next because as far as first novels goes, this already set a pretty high bar for me.

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