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)
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,
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.
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