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,
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.
Far too long to listen in one go, but it definitely kept the interest going and I wanted to keep listening.
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.
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.
Totally addicted to Audible! Love to read but with audible I can read whilst cooking, cleaning, driving :-)
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
My favourite characters in this book are Alex Lake and Otterly Wade
No but I loved her performance
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
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
Good story line with excellent research. Social workers have a hard job which this book confirms. Difficult to listen to in places, making your skin crawl with a hatred for child abusers
Interesting all the way through
Most of them
Excellent read for the summer holidays
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.
"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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