The concept of Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller intrigued and fascinated me. The story of a girl who is abducted by her father, whisked away to live in the woods and who grows up believing that the rest of the world is gone and they are the sole two survivors. I had to see how and why this all played out.Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller
Published by Penguin UK on February 26th 2015
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Mystery
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1976: Peggy Hillcoat is eight. She spends her summer camping with her father, playing her beloved record of The Railway Children and listening to her mother's grand piano, but her pretty life is about to change.
Her survivalist father, who has been stockpiling provisions for the end which is surely coming soon, takes her from London to a cabin in a remote European forest. There he tells Peggy the rest of the world has disappeared. And so her life is reduced to a piano which makes music but no sound, a forest where all that grows is a means of survival. And a tiny wooden hut that is Everything.
Peggy is not seen again for another nine years.
1985: Peggy has returned to the family home. But what happened to her in the forest? And why has she come back now?
First Line of Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller:
“This morning I found a black and white photograph of my father at the back of a bureau drawer.”
My thoughts on Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller:
While I found the concept of the book fascinating, I wasn’t overly impressed with the execution of the story. It was that little bit too slow paced for me and had endless descriptive passages (which is a bit ironic considering the book title). What did help the flow of the book though was that it was told in two different timelines.
One after the abduction and the other the before and during. Every time we switched to the After, I was dying to get back to the Before to see just what happened. It created a sense of anticipation and dread that I did enjoy.
I also found while I read that I was infuriated with Peggy’s father. Peggy is only 8 years old when these awful events occur and my heart went out to her. She is confused, naive and afraid of the moods of her volatile father. He quite honestly sickened me. He puts her though mental and physical torture (and himself too by the way) which hurt to read about.
“Hunger flowed over me in waves; bedtime was the worst, when I would feel that my stomach was devouring itself from the inside and I would sit up in bed, holding my cramping muscles, looking around the cabin for something I could eat”.
So the book certainly made me feel the feels. The angry, confused feels. It did help that I knew from the after plotline that Peggy survived and is back in the real world. As I finished the book, my heart nearly stopped at some reveals. I was expecting them but that didn’t make it hurt any less.
Overall this was a hard book to get through for me because of the slow pace and then the heavy subject matter. But it’s quite a story and it had a huge emotional impact on me. Worth the read!
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Who should read Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller?
I’d recommend this book to you if you like books with vivid descriptions, an original plot and are ready for a book with a shocking story to reveal.
Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Books UK for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.