Untouchable – Sibel Hodge

It’s Maya and Jamie’s anniversary, and she waits with excitement for him to return home for a celebratory dinner. There’s a knock at the door. It’s the police. Jamie has been found hanging in a local wood.  His death is ruled a suicide, but Maya doesn’t believe Jamie would take his own life. Something isn’t right. Someone has broken into her house. Someone is watching her. And someone has gone to great lengths to cover up what Jamie was doing before he died.

Maya’s grief turns to suspicion, and as she begins to investigate the weeks leading up to Jamie’s death, her trail leads her to a place known as “The Big House” and the horrific secrets within. Secrets people will stop at nothing to keep hidden. People linked to the heart of the Establishment who think they’re untouchable.  Now Maya has a dangerous decision to make. How far is she prepared to go to reveal the truth?

This gut wrenching story is not for the faint-hearted.  Split into three parts, the first part is told from two points of view, Maya, and secondly the recently deceased Jamie in flashback narrative.  After Jamie’s body is found hanging from a tree Maya refuses to accept that he has taken his own life.  She is convinced he was about to propose, was happy with life, and would never choose to end it that way having everything to look forward to.  However, small events after his death don’t seem to add up.  Maya’s suspicions are finally confirmed when she finds out that prior to his death Jamie was planning on blowing the whistle on how he was systematically physically and sexually abused as a boy in a children’s home by a group of the elite establishment.  In Jamie’s flashbacks the reader is given insight into his life as an orphan living in a state children’s home, abused by his carers and rented out to prominent members of society who subjected him and his friends to unimaginable horrors.  As stories similar to this have recently been in the media, this was a highly topical and delicate subject to cover, but Hodge does this in an exceptionally well researched and sensitive manner, all abuse is alluded to, not spelt out in a graphic manner.

The second part of the story is told solely from Maya’s point of view on her quest to uncover irrefutable evidence that even corrupt high ranking police officers would be unable to cover up.  On her journey she meets an ex SAS serviceman Mitchell, willing to help her expose those in positions of power for what they really are, but no matter what avenue they explore it comes to a dead end.  This small group of predators really do seem to be as the title suggests, untouchable.  More and more dark secrets are revealed, and this book really does make you question everything you are told by the media or by politicians trying to sell you the lie.

The final part of the story is told from Mitchell’s point of view.  A man who lost his son many years ago, raped and murdered by a group of paedophiles.  Mitchell feels he has nothing more to lose, and throws everything he has into helping Maya and seeking justice for those who abused Jamie and countless other young boys throughout the years.  Without going into too much detail the plot climaxes in an explosively dark ending, fitted perfectly to this sordid tale.

This is a disturbing yet compelling read, yet the most chilling aspect of the story is that it is based and inspired by real UK police investigations.  This book is not a happy read yet I found the ending satisfying and literally could not put the book down until I had finished reading as I was desperate to find out if a group of high profile abhorrent Judges, MPs, Policemen and Bankers would finally get their comeuppance.

I would highly recommend this book to those with a strong stomach and a desire for justice.

4 stars from me 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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