Out­side By Sarah Ann Juckes, Pen­guin Ran­dom House, $21 ..

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It’s hard to re­view this fine story with­out spoil­ers creep­ing in.

Ele, short for Ele­phant, is held cap­tive in a small, dark room by ‘Him’. She be­lieves there’s a world Out­side, even though she has no real con­cept of an out­side. And when she finds a hole in the wall, re­al­ity be­gins leak­ing in.

This is a dark and mys­te­ri­ous tale, a de­but novel from Juckes who brings an in­trigu­ing new voice. Young Ele is a strong soul, with a sense that there is more to her lim­ited world with the Oth­ers.

This is de­scribed as a young adult novel, but for­tu­nately I didn’t read that be­fore I read the book. It’s a grown-up story with adult con­cepts — grief, abuse, kid­nap­ping. Juckes is a writer to watch.

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