Troll by D.B Thorne
Years ago, Fortune gave up on his daughter, Sophie, after a troubled adolescence. Now she’s gone missing, vanished without trace. And after weeks of investigation, the police have given up on her, too.
Driven by guilt, and a determination to atone for his failures as a father, he takes on the search himself. He soon finds that his daughter had been living in fear of a vicious online troll who seemed to know far too much about her. Could Sophie’s disappearance be linked to this unknown predator? Fortune is about to discover that monsters which live online don’t always stay there…
As a blogger myself I found the plot of this novel terrifying! An internet troll that relentlessly pursues and harasses a blogger. It literally screamed at me to be read! However, it is also a very thought-provoking novel on the themes of parental responsibility and harsh/quick judgements we may make towards the victims of crime.
Fortune, gave up on his daughter during her troubled adolescence. Now he is back in London searching for her! Sophie, his daughter is a young woman living a lonely and isolated existence in Hackney London. She works for a scandal type magazine and blogs similar content. Celebs drug use, affairs and mental health problems etc. Sophie isn’t frightened of the monsters that lurk online………that is until it’s too late!
Fortune is currently living in Dubai, where he works within private banking. Having flown back to the UK, he meets with Marsh the only police officer working the case to locate Sophie and ever Marsh has given up! We learn that the police have lost interest in the case, Sophie was known to have had suicidal ideation and been in trouble with the police of late. There’s no body, no leads and no one cares! I found this quite thought-provoking, do we regard ‘troubled’ people in society as less worthy? That somebody’s mental health problems would lower them in the hierarchy in society! When statistics tell us that having mental health problems, actually increases your chances of being a victim of violent crime!
Fortune investigates Sophie’s flat, her workplace and her friends. Yet he comes only across small pieces of a larger puzzle. Similarly, we read chapters from within Sophie’s blog, we become aware of ‘starry ubado 9’ an online troll sending Sophie violent and threatening messages via comments on her blog. We also learn that Sophie was attempting to take down celeb Charlie Jackson, for his known trysts with underage and often drugged up young girls. Is Charlie the Troll? When 90 Million goes missing from online accounts, oh which fortune is responsible for managing. You have to ask who is the target of the hatred Sophie or Fortune?
This is a novel where you never truly know the motives of those involved. Your second guessing every character involved and asking are they the troll? It makes for interesting reading in this modern age of social media, where we are internet and phone obsessed.
A dark yet intriguing 4* read!