Today I’m reviewing The Journey as part of the blog tour for Conrad Jones’ blog tour. It’s written with thanks to Zoe O’Farrell for inviting me on the blog tour.
The Journey is a must-read thriller. The gripping story of a young boy and his family, driven from their home by war and indiscriminate violence. Like millions of others, they attempt the treacherous journey across their war-torn continent, trying to reach the safety of Europe. The truth is, Europe doesn’t want them and thousands die every month at the hands of thieves and profiteering men to whom life is cheap. The story is fast-paced, at times heart-breaking but it will pull you along at 100 miles an hour. It will make you think and it will make you question your perception of refugees.
Most of all it will make you ask if your family was in peril, what would you do?
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from The Journey when I started reading, but let’s say all my expectations were shattered! There is no time to settle in and become accustomed to our literary surroundings as the novel starts so quickly and never lets go. The pace is relentless and its very difficult to turn away once you begin.
Conrad Jones is a talented writer. There is so much emotion in The Journey and I felt it all: the sadness, the fear, the relief, the happiness and the anger. I got to know these characters deeply and I prayed that everyone would be safe.
I don’t know much about the war in Africa that led to Kalu and his family to seek refuge in Europe. However, the descriptions are incredibly detailed and this helped to educate me on such a heartbreaking situation for so many people.
The sequel to The Journey is already published, so I don’t need to end my review as I often do, begging the author for more. I’ll just say that I’m looking forward to reading it.
The Journey is available from Amazon.
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