Mak by Shay Bell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is a good debut novel for Shay Bell. Set in Australia, Mak tells the story of Poppy (Mak), a troubled girl who is trying to rebuild her life. Growing up with no mother, and finding it hard to make friends, Mak turned to drugs to relieve her pain. After the death of her father, she decides to turn her life around and quit the habit. When we meet her, she is in a Narcotics Anon meeting, and has reached a huge milestone, being one year drug free.
The further into the story we go, the more we see just how disturbed she is. Holding on to some events in her past, she is determined to make those wrongs right.
Lottie, her sponsor and friend from NA becomes mixed up in her plans for revenge. Together they take things to another level, in both their friendship and their revenge.
This book was very descriptive and painted a very clear picture of the characters and their surroundings. I don't personally know anyone like these characters, so I found it hard to relate to them, but obviously that is up to everyone's own preference.
I think the story-line had a lot of potential, and I would have liked to have seen the ending be a little less rushed. I felt like it was all too easy, and needed just a bit more.
It could also benefit from another look over by an editor. There were a few errors that were quite distracting.
That being said, well done, Shay on your debut novel. You did it!
Mak once lived a simple sheltered life. She grew up without a mother in the shadow of her hard working, Polish immigrant father in a sleepy fishing village on the South Coast of New South Wales. Ostracized as a child, shy and reclusive with no experience in love and little in life she has to face the sudden death of her dad.
After battling depression, drug addiction and verging on suicide she begins to rebuild herself; mind, body and soul.
Now re-born, with a leather clad exterior, soft heart and a deep seated hate. She sets about finding not only the two brothers that destroyed her trust as a child but the girl who she feels is the one true person from her childhood that took away her ability to live. Jo Fairhill!
After inadvertently enlisting the help of her only friend Lottie, a worldly single mother and ex Junkie from the streets of Sydney she met in her NA group. The duo go on to not only find the elusive Jo but discover no matter how bad you think you have it, there is always someone worse off.
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