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No Child of Mine | [Susan Lewis]

No Child of Mine

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.
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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 UK 23/12/2012
    Saffy UK 23/12/2012 Listener Since 2009

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stella Lausanne, Switzerland 20/08/2012
    Stella Lausanne, Switzerland 20/08/2012 Member Since 2009

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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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    Janet Bury, United Kingdom 13/04/2013
    Janet Bury, United Kingdom 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,

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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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    W. M. Drew 03/08/2014
    W. M. Drew 03/08/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Good read, but difficult to listen to in places"
    What made the experience of listening to No Child of Mine the most enjoyable?

    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


    What did you like best about this story?

    Interesting all the way through


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Most of them


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent read for the summer holidays

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Evans UK 11/07/2014
    Margaret Evans UK 11/07/2014 Member Since 2008
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    "Brilliant!"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book...really didn't want to put it down.
    Highly recommended, I would certainly read books by this author again.

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    Pinkbee Kent, UK 09/06/2014
    Pinkbee Kent, UK 09/06/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Gripping story"
    What made the experience of listening to No Child of Mine the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ottilie of course, it's impossible to not feel for the character.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria London, West minster, United Kingdom 23/12/2013
    Victoria London, West minster, United Kingdom 23/12/2013 Member Since 2007

    I'm a freelance opera singer and teacher of singing. I love to read Thrillers, Chick lit General/contemporary & Children's books.

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    "An unforgettable read!"
    If you could sum up No Child of Mine in three words, what would they be?

    Insightful, gripping, unforgetable


    What was one of the most memorable moments of No Child of Mine?

    The first time Little Otilly spoke.


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

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    susan burntwood, United Kingdom 01/11/2013
    susan burntwood, United Kingdom 01/11/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Compelling"
    What made the experience of listening to No Child of Mine the most enjoyable?

    Well read with expression! Thus book kept me wanting to read on! Cant wait to read the follow up! Well done Susan Lewis


    What does Julia Franklin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The Charictures Come to life


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I Laughed and cried my heart was beating and i was also angry


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rosie United Kingdom 07/07/2013
    Rosie United Kingdom 07/07/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I can't recommend this book enough the characters were very real and complex it drew you in completely .


    What did you like best about this story?

    The subject matter and the narrator


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

    No


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was a complete roller coaster of emotion I cried at the end


    Any additional comments?

    I want to listen to more Susan Lewis now

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.

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