Amazing read! The author wrote a story that was interesting and moved at a pace that kept me engaged. The characters were easy to invest in.
by Cristie Underwood
An absolute page-turner, Lllewellyn's novel is gripping, sincere and terrifyingly veracious; not only the plot is engrossing, but also the characters are realistically depicted.
by Sophie Giannousiou
This is a scarily convincing tale of domestic violence and coercive control . Beware the charming man with a sob story - he could be a controlling narcissist and if you have a child with him you cannot escape.
I will be reading Lily Llewellyn's follow up and hoping for a happy outcome.
by Annie Shaw
This was a fascinating read that kept me cheering on Isla to fight for a better life. Definitely a page turner that left me wanting to read the next book in the series!
by Lavyne Rada
I really enjoyed the fast pace and how easy it was to read. It was engaging and relatable. The characters were easy to follow. The cover art is very well posed and well suited yet enticing.
by Katherine Holmes
I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read more by the same author. Highly recommended. Definitely 5 stars.
by Kayleigh Sanders
Domestic violence, Power and Control, Fear and Terror it's all here.
First we must look at it from Isla's experience who simply sought a love like no other.
Dating is not easy and for Isla she tried to describe herself and her features in full detail.
She had no idea the monster she would soon meet and would soon take control of her life.
Isolation, depression, love bombing, manipulation it all then comes out and in full force.
Sadly not many can relate because not all of us have lived this fight or flight lifestyle.
For those who did, I ask you read this as it will help you understand you're not alone.
This deserves applause as Narcissistic Abuse , Domestic Violence, Abuse are not easy topics to discuss and bring attention too.
Society prefers to give it a back seat to the needs it demands.
by Donna Hines
This one was both an easy read and a hard read. The writing style of this book was fantastic. It grabbed my attention right from the start and I was completely sucked into the story from the beginning. But it was also a hard book to read because of the subject matter and how much you are sucked into the world. Making it feel extremely realistic and that you are there watching everything unfold, and no matter how much shouting you try to do to warn the main character. It doesnt do any good because they can’t hear you. Which is all due to the phenomenonal writing skills of Lily. Such a talent. I cannot wait to read more from this author in the future.
by Karen W
Wow - what to say? I have mixed feelings about this story. First of all, I have Ulcerative Colitis and I do not eat half of the things Isla does. No wonder she has flare-ups. I did not have to quit my job. I had to get better, too, and still work. Isla does not have too much sympathy from me.
Secondly, I could not fathom how LONG it took Isla to realize that Richard was the abuser - not his wife? I would have checked her profile out before a 2nd or 3rd date! Of course, Daniel, Richard's son, was scared, too
Third, WHY didn't Isla leave Richard? She has (had) friends, parents...
Lastly, Lily, you are fantastic! I have been clenching my fists the entire time! Though I only liked Louise and Daniel, the characters were well thought-out and real. Thanks for the book!!!
Many thanks to both the Publisher and NetGalley for a wildly intense read!
Very good read. Controlling man and a woman who he controls like she is his property. This grabs and does not let go. This book took me through a variety of emotions. Very well written. I will be looking for more of this author.
Gripping. A relationship of abuse and control. Will Isla escape and keep her baby safe. The only downside to this book is that it doesn't finish. I've had to get the next book to see what happens.
by Charlotte W
KIND was, for me, a difficult read, but also an extremely fascinating one.
The book captured my attention from the start and I was completely absorbed by the story. The author, Lily Llewellyn dealt with some very sensitive subject matters which was brave in a début novel. The story came across as extremely realistic and I felt as though I was present, watching everything unfold and desperately wanting to warn Isla, the main character. I thought that Lily Llewellyn revealed great talent and I loved her style of writing. I cannot wait to read more from this author in the future.
I shall be following Isla's journey in the second instalment, 'In the Best Interests of the Child.'
I would like to thank Lily Llewellyn, Troubador and Netgalley for allowing me the opportunity to read an ARC of Kind. I can confirm that I chose to read this ARC and all opinions in this review are my own and are completely unbiased.
This is a difficult one to judge. I am torn. I am actually sitting here unsure of exactly what to write in my review. Kind is a storyline I can quite imagine is not to everyone's taste, however I really enjoyed it. It hits on so many real life issues and there will be a lot of women (and possibly men) out there who can relate, and you know what ... there is amongst its pages a really good life lesson in there. For me internet dating is a big no thank you, and a huge area which scares the living daylights out of me with the inclusion of the whole 'online' thing and social media ... who people are online are NOT who they are in real life. It is terrifying!
From the start, Kind captured me. I became absorbed and found myself racing through the pages. Domestic violence, power, control, fear and terror - it has it all! For a debut novel, I think Lily Llewellyn has been very brave to deal with such sensitive matters. It was a risk, and it has paid off well.
In Kind we follow Isla who meets Richard online and they begin to date. What follows is what any woman dreads as Richard reveals himself to be the most despicable specimen on Earth. He is vile, mean, moody and damn right manipulative. In a way I felt sorry for Isla because come on ... what the hell, but in another I was screaming GET OUT at her and at the book at each page turned because she was staying by his side. Why would you stay? Ok, yes, yes, he was manipulative and she believed his every word and he had her hanging on but she was scared for her life and that is not normal, it is a sign something is wrong - GET OUT!!!! THEN she falls pregant, NOOOOooooOOOOoOOOOOOOoo!!!!!
I didn't actually know that Kind was the first in a series with In The Interest of The Child being the second. I am intrugued to how that story will pan out. I think I may have to make the purchase and see if Lily Llewellyn can keep me hanging on her every word again.
Overall, a great read. Kind is something that so many out there can relate to and it is a story which I think we will hear repeated for many years to come yet. We just need those stuck in a relationship like Isla to be brave and get out!
Hi, my name is Lily Llewellyn. I live in the wilds of the English countryside with my beautiful, talented, autistic daughter, who has been a light in the darkest of places and who continues to amaze me every single day!
My writing has been inspired by real life events and personal experiences. I hope to raise awareness, understanding and bring about positive change through the issues and themes dealt with in my books: Domestic Violence, Coercive Control, Autism, Disability and The Family Court System.