Book Review: Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller

February 9, 2016 Book review 12 ★★★

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.

Book Review: Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire FullerOur Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller
Published by Penguin UK on February 26th 2015
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Mystery
Pages: 293
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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!


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: three-stars


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.




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12 Responses to “Book Review: Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller”

  1. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I’ve seen this one around and the premise is definitely intriguing but I think I would want to reach into the book and strangle the father! I can see how this would be an incredibly tough book to read and I am intrigued by it. It sounds like a book that would work best in audio for me. I tend to be more patient of slow pacing if I’m listening for some reason.
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  2. Bec @ Readers in Wonderland

    The concept of this is really interesting. It would be so hard to adjust back to the real world after such a thing. However I think like you I would have preferred the Before timeline. I’m not really surprised it was slow, but it’s the type of story I wished would be intense and creepy.

  3. Dawn obrien

    Mmmm..intriguing! definitely one to read, but maybe at the bottom of my ever increasing list thanks!

  4. Jade @ Reading With Jade

    It’s a shame this book didn’t entirely live up to your expectations. I’ve heard a lot of positivity surrounding this book so it’s nice hearing a review that doesn’t entirely sing the praises. I have this one on my wishlist and am hoping to see if my library stocks it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  5. Wattle

    This one sounds like it’s a bit heavy for me, though the premise is rather intriguing. It sounds like it was effective in getting you to dread certain moments, but a pity the slow pace and long descriptive moments took away from it a bit for you.
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  6. Kristi Sawyer

    I agree that this is a great book for description! I’m clearly not as quick-minded as you though because I didn’t see the ending coming at all!

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