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
"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)
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.
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,
Thoroughly enjoyed this book...really didn't want to put it down.
Highly recommended, I would certainly read books by this author again.
It was difficult to listen to at times, which just goes to show how well it was written to feel so real. The story was engaging, the characters were intriguing and there was always something going on so it was impossible to be bored by the book. I would highly recommend it.
Ottilie of course, it's impossible to not feel for the character.
I disliked the narration. Alex is supposed to be a young lady and the voice of the narrator skewed this image for me. At times I felt the narrator went from one paragraph into another leaving no gap, making me have to rewind to find out it was a different character's point if view. It was also very off-putting and annoying how almost every female character was at one point made to sound whiny and hysterical instead of angry/confused/sad as they were supposed to. Despite this, I did manage to enjoy the story as the subject matter was just so gripping.
Yes! I finished the book in 3 days, I couldn't wait to go to bed so I could put it on and just listen.
The ending was unrealistic and not fitting with the rest of the book, although it is an understandable conclusion. I have heard there is a sequel which I will surely be listening to/reading as the characters in this story are hard to forget about.
I'm a freelance opera singer and teacher of singing. I love to read Thrillers, Chick lit General/contemporary & Children's books.
Insightful, gripping, unforgetable
The first time Little Otilly spoke.
I particularly enjoyed Julia's narration. She gave all the characters unique ways of speaking that you almost felt they were in the room with you.
Yes, I couldn't put it down once I had started. I often found myself worrying about little Otilly when doing my chores at home and I often had to pinch my self to remind myself that she was not real.
This book is unforgettable, and if you choose to read it, Please read the sequel "Don't let me go" I had to take a break from reading for at least one week as I needed time to detach myself from the lives of the characters. Susan Lewis gave all the characters enough depth to enable the reader to empathise with them. She did not sugarcoat their misery and where there was joy, it was explosively expressed.
Well read with expression! Thus book kept me wanting to read on! Cant wait to read the follow up! Well done Susan Lewis
The Charictures Come to life
I Laughed and cried my heart was beating and i was also angry
I can't recommend this book enough the characters were very real and complex it drew you in completely .
The subject matter and the narrator
It was a complete roller coaster of emotion I cried at the end
I want to listen to more Susan Lewis now
A really good listen although nature of the subject of abuse can make it hard to listen to. As ever with Susan Lewis the story flows well and the book seems to be over too quickly.
"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.
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