"One Foot Wrong" by Sofie Laguna http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5360123
ABOUT THE BOOK:
“The stars shine brightest out of the deepest dark . . .”
A child is imprisoned in a house by her reclusive, religious parents. Hester Wakefield has never spoken to another child, nor seen the outside world. Her one possession is an illustrated children’s Bible, and its imagery forms the sole basis for her capacity to make poetic, real-life connections.
Her companions at home are Cat, Spoon, Door, Handle, Broom, and Tree, and they all speak to her, sometimes telling her what to do.
One day she takes a brave Alice in Wonderland trip into the forbidden outside, at the behest of Handle, and this overwhelming encounter with light and sky and sunshine is a marvel to her. From this moment on, Hester learns that there are some things she cannot tell her parents, and she keeps this secret to herself. Hester buries it among her other secrets, the ones that take place in the shadowy corners of her insular world, and she keeps them all locked inside her as they multiply and grow, waiting until she can find other ways to be free.
I bought this book purely because I want to read Sofie Laguna's 2017 novel "The Choke", but with my idiosyncrasy in that I read an author's books in the order they were written, regardless of whether their books link on to one another or not, I needed to start here with her debut novel for adults, "One Foot Wrong".
This is a book which throws you straight into deep end, with no airs or graces. You are granted a small observation window to look with awe into Hester Wakefield's abstract brain, and explore her tiny world which is governed by her religious parents.
There are some really horrific turns to this book, and they are addressed by the author briskly and unapologetically. Its a writing style I have come to appreciate.
An overall great read and I look forward to reading more from Sofie Laguna.