It's been eight years since Gen Loxley lost her daughter, Beth: eight years of grief in which nothing's really moved forward, for all that her husband, Art, wills it to. Gen, once a writer of novels, has settled in to a life of half-hearted teaching, while Art makes his name and their fortune - and pressures her into trying IVF once again. For Gen, it seems a cruel act of replacement; life without Beth is unthinkable, unbearable - but still it goes on.
And then a woman arrives on Gen's doorstep, saying the very thing she longs to hear: that her daughter was not stillborn, but was spirited away as a healthy child, and is out there, waiting to be found...
So why is Art reluctant to get involved? To save his wife from further hurt? Or something much more sinister? What is the truth about Beth Loxley?
©2013 Sophie McKenzie (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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The narration I found ok and the book started off well but while its ok in part it is so far fetched to be unbelievable. I could say so much and give so many examples but suffice to say it would reveal some of the plot and I do not wish to do that.
I work in the Obstetric field so reading this in so many places makes me cringe with disbelief. However if you wish a light summer read where you abandon all that could possibly happen and substitute it with all that could not then this story will work. I think Ms McKenzie should listen to her characters who said several times that this whole thing was too far fetched. They were so right.
I am going to ring Audible to give this one back.
a better story
Yes and she is always excellent
I would cut parts of most scenes. The scenes are dragged out and this doesn't add to the suspense, it's just irritating.
The story is far fetched and doesn't suspend reality.
I had high hopes for Sophie McKenzie's first adult novel but unfortunately found it very disappointing. My son has read and loved many of her books for teenagers and I really enjoyed her novel 'Girl Missing'. I am not sure what she is trying to do with this novel, it reads like a teenage novel and yet the subject matter seems far more suited to the adult psychological fiction market. It starts off pretty well and I was really intrigued by the plot and two main characters. Sophie Mackenzie does write well but the drama is too forced, there is too much melodrama, unanswered questions and not enough real tension.
Absolutely loved this book, it was amazing. An amazing storyline, with some shocks and scandals along the way mixed in with liars and cheaters and you have an amazingly enjoyable read. This story truly touched me as I know these sorts of things could happen in real life which for me made me more interested. I would recommend to all over 14, and for those who have read it, wasn't the very ending a bit scary?
This book is probably more for a fantasist rather than a realist. The storyline is very far fetched with a fair few holes within, as if the scenario that happened could ever actually realistically come about.
The concept of a baby being stolen at birth could be believable if the storyline had been toned down slightly. It felt very much more of a detective novel whereas I think some of the elaborate scenes needn't have arisen.
The narrator was good, although the child's voice was a bit creepy, I suppose it was meant to be.
The beginning was good and I enjoyed the relationship between Lorcan and Gen.
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