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No Child of Mine Audiobook

No Child of Mine

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Publisher's Summary

Alex Lake's day job is all about helping people, especially children. She cares about them passionately and does everything in her power to rescue them from those who mean them harm.

When the case of three-year-old Ottilie Wade comes to her attention, Alex finds herself completely unable to detach from the child the way she should. She feels an overpowering need to make a real difference in little Ottilie's life, but no one is prepared to believe that Ottilie is in danger.

In the end, Alex makes a decision that has consequences for her, her family and Ottilie - consequences that no one, least of all Alex, could have foreseen.

©2012 Susan Lewis (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"With an unflinching gaze, based on her own traumatic experiences, she brings us life in all its raw intensity. The result of such honesty, insight and understanding is a string of gripping novels that bristle with drama, complexity and heart-rending reality." (Lancashire Evening Post)

"A moving and powerful story...I couldn't put it down!" (Peterborough Telegraph, 9/10 stars)

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    Saffy 23/12/2012
    Saffy 23/12/2012

    Audible addict.

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    "Gripping storytelling"

    I have never listened to or read Susan Lewis before this but was persuaded to download this audiobook after listening to a free chapter. I am so glad I did as it is definitely one of my most memorable listens of the year and probably my fastest listen. I was so involved in the story and so caught up in the lives of the characters that I really felt part of their lives and constantly wondered what I would do in their situation. Susan Lewis is a great storyteller and Julia Franklin the perfect narrator. If you like the story telling talents of Joanna Trollope or Penny Vincenzi (as I do) you will love this.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Stella 20/08/2012
    Stella 20/08/2012

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    "No child of Mine"

    This was in many ways a very sad story, but it was extremely interesting and brilliantly narrated

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jan B. 13/04/2013
    Jan B. 13/04/2013 Member Since 2008
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    "The Dark Side of Life"

    This book had me hooked from the start. It had lots of different themes running through it - Love, betrayal, loss and worse of all sexual abuse. The main character of the book was crying out to be loved all the way through which went hand in hand with her job as a children's social worker. The only part of the book that let it down was the ending and hence I felt unable to give it the 5 stars I would have expected from the rest of the book. The plan by Alex and her mother to take Ottilie, the victim of sexual abuse, out of the country seemed rather impossible to achieve in today's climate of airport security. I know the book is a work of fiction but the rest of the book had been very credible and this ending rather spoilt it,

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    NICOLA Leeds, United Kingdom 18/07/2016
    NICOLA Leeds, United Kingdom 18/07/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "OMG a really hard read in places, but worth it"

    There are parts of this book that I found really hard to read, and a couple of times I had to put it down, and at other times I couldn't put it down! I had the kindle and audio versions of this book so read some and listened to some. The hard parts are probably worse on the audio version but I think that just means that the narrator is doing their job well! Overall a really good read and perhaps some people will be less affected by the hard parts than me. If you do read it and enjoy it I would also highly recommend the sequel, Don't Let Me Go

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    April Axton 09/04/2016
    April Axton 09/04/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Not researched"

    We are initially lead to believe that Ottalie aged three has difficulty in speaking then suddenly she is able to use words and sentences more suited to an older child.
    Alex a social worker appears to spend the majority of her working week attending the needs of one child, taking her to nursery, the zoo and her own home.....this just doesn't happen in real life and completely spoils the story which in itself is quite grafic in places.
    It's all very predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maxyne Wong 25/03/2015
    Maxyne Wong 25/03/2015
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    "Gripping!!!"

    This book had me locked I couldn't stop listening it's so good I loved it was really worth it. I didn't want it to finish 😉

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    Wicked 21/02/2015
    Wicked 21/02/2015 Member Since 2010
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    "A powerful story"
    What did you like most about No Child of Mine?

    It deals with a very emotive subject and our misconceptions about it. Very sensitively written and beatifully narrated, it takes you on a journey with so many near misses, so many times when the story could have ended differently.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Far too long to listen in one go, but it definitely kept the interest going and I wanted to keep listening.


    Any additional comments?

    It took a little bit of time to get into the book at the start. Some of the start seemed irrelevant, but it wasn't and I am SO glad that I got past that because this really was an outstanding listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Florida 11/01/2015
    Florida 11/01/2015
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    "This narrator should never go near an audiobook"

    Narrator was beyond awful!!!! Jesus Christ! Everyone sounded like a whiny middle aged woman. It was most grating with Alex, cos she's supposed to be 28.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marz 10/01/2015
    Marz 10/01/2015
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    "Harrowing but gripping"

    Great story that had me both smiling and crying. I shall certainly be buying the sequel to find out what happens next!

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    Helen United Kingdom 05/08/2014
    Helen United Kingdom 05/08/2014 Member Since 2012

    Totally addicted to Audible! Love to read but with audible I can read whilst cooking, cleaning, driving :-)

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    "Gripping Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of No Child of Mine to be better than the print version?

    This was the first. Susan Lewis book I had ever listened to or read and I'm absolutely hooked I think I'm now on to my 6th Susan Lewis book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite characters in this book are Alex Lake and Otterly Wade


    Have you listened to any of Julia Franklin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No but I loved her performance


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    You'll soon fall in love with the lovely Otterly wade in this book and when she's finally rescued by Alex has to be my favourite part


    Any additional comments?

    This book was again really gripping and I couldn't wait to listen to book 2 Don't let me go to see what happens to the characters

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Linda
    Rego Park, NY, United States
    03/08/12
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    "Couldn't stop reading!"

    This was my first novel by Susan Lewis, and I was not disappointed. I appreciated the author's writing style drawing parallels between past and present. Also, the narrator was perfect for this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kathryn @theBookDate
    Paraparaumu, New Zealand
    09/03/16
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    "Loved it."

    Oh my! What a novel! This is the first time I have read Susan Lewis, so I wasn't so sure whether I would like it. However one very telling review on Goodreads from a reader I really respect - Laurel-Rain, had given it 5 stars so that was a good start!

    It's a long book, so it took me a few weeks to listen to it. It is set in a small town in England. The narration was excellent and held my attention all the way through. The only very picky thing I have to comment on was the accent of a certain character who came to visit Alex. Sorry - but that is not a New Zealand accent!

    But what of the content? Well it engaged me all the way through. Alex is a social worker, and a very good one. She cares about the children she works with. She puts in long hours and it is often heart breaking and difficult. She has to contend with situations where sometimes her life is at risk. She herself had a very distressing beginning to her young life and so knows first hand being left orphaned.

    She has a few minor enemies, nothing outstanding, but enough to niggle and cause damage in small but significant ways. As well as working she is into drama and enjoys directing the local club. She is in a relationship with Jason as the book opens, but even as the book opens that looks a little shaky.

    Alex trusts her instincts, and she follows up a phone call about Ottilie Wade and senses that all is not well with the child. The mother is very strange and the father is domineering and seemingly holding down a very respectable job as a deputy head at a local school. The more Alex knows of him the more she suspects. She soon is keeping a close eye on Ottilie, but things move slowly and social workers have to play by the book.

    When one terrible night things go pear-shaped in a big way, the press go after Alex in a big way, blaming her for what has happened. As they do! They are out to sensationalise it all and Alex has to hide away at the rectory hoping it will quieten down soon. And she has put herself in a very compromising place. Go Alex!

    I will certainly be listening to or reading the follow up book to this one, although with a little break in between!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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