Story in short: Peggy Hillcoat, 8, was taken to the forest by her father, James and was told that the other parts of the world had been destroyed. They lived in the forest for 9 years. When Peggy was 17, she met Reuben, laid with him and then attempted an escape feat after Reuben hit her father's head with an axe thus killing him. She lost Reuben while trying to cross a river and later ended up in a hospital. The police came in to investigate before she was sent home to her mother Ute and younger brother Oskar.
Spoiler 1: Peggy was whisked away by her father because he was mad at Ute, thinking that Oskar, the child Ute was pregnant with, belonged to Oliver Hannington. The child was indeed James' son but heck, Ute initially wasn't sure who fathered the child! The question that was not cleared: Did she cheat on James or was she raped?
Spoiler 2: Peggy, now pregnant, in the end was told that Reuben never existed and her fingerprints were found on the axe. That would meant she was raped by her father and she was the one who slashed James' head. Reuben was just a character conjured in her head as a defense mechanism to cope with the trauma she experienced.
I think it's pretty smart that readers were informed that Peggy got home safely from the get go. The story was told with chapters of flashbacks between chapters of the present. Each time I reach a chapter of the present, I became more curious of how she returned and that made me continue reading. The description of Peggy's life in the forest were rather long though and I admit I skipped some parts. I read a review on Goodreads and it mentioned that readers have to remember that Peggy spent 9 years in the forest so the story had to be stretched out. That made me slightly forgiving on the boring parts.
I kinda regret reading the ending at 2 am. It's too disturbing.