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Breaking Point

By: Edel Coffey
Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow, Rachel Handshaw
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Summary

Winner, An Post Irish Book Awards Crime Fiction Book of the Year, 2022

Short-listed, An Post Irish Book Awards Newcomer of the Year, 2022

One mistake could cost her everything.

Susannah has two beautiful daughters, a high-flying medical career, a successful husband and an enviable life. Her hair is glossy, her clothes are expensive: she truly has it all.

But when—on the hottest day of the year—her strict morning routine is disrupted, Susannah finds herself running on autopilot. It is hours before she realises she has made a devastating mistake. Her baby, Louise, is still in the backseat of the car, and it is too late to save her.

As the press close in around her, Susannah is put on trial for negligence. It is plain to see that this is not a trial, it's a witch hunt. But what will the court say?

©2022 Edel Coffey (P)2022 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"A rare treat, an emotional thriller steeped in humanity. I read it in a single sitting!" (John Boyne)

"Breaking Point is raw, compelling, and ground-breaking; Coffey puts the life of working mothers under a microscope. To say I loved it is an understatement, I expect it will be a huge success." (Liz Nugent)

"Gripping, unswerving, heart-breaking, you'll read this book through parted fingers - and learn a crucial lesson as you go." (Celia Walden, author of Payday)

"'A gripping, compulsive pageturner about what we expect from women, especially mothers. It's going to be a massive hit." (Marian Keyes)

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excellent story based on issues that reflect reality and about staying in a loveless marriage for the sake of the children. shows how you need to have work life balance to stop tragedy happening.

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Just Okay

I had high hopes for this book after reading multiple reviews raving about it. Honestly I thought it was just okay. The themes are interesting, important and timely but at times feel like they are clumsily shoved down your throat rather than allowing for any nuance. The courtroom scenes seemed particularly unrealistic and I found myself rolling my eyes at several parts! Overall, an okay listen but not one I would recommend.

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Good story but somehow unreal

This is a good yarn but somehow, unbelievable that such a strong, resourceful woman would have left her beloved child to die in such a way - no matter how busy she was. It does happen in our hectic world of work whilst trying to manage a family life but for a pediatric specialist to leave her baby in a car during a heatwave ....... not going to happen in my book! I also had difficulty with the shrill American narrator especially when listening through earphones.

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Gripping

I couldn’t stop listening, I finished the book in two days. It was such a great story narration was excellent. I related so much to the working mums trying to do and have it all. Highly recommended.

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gripping

loved it !!! so true of the struggles of mothers. At times I was shouting she has a dad too!!!!!!!!!

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So sad

Well written and narrated. Heartbreaking and emotional, I don’t know how you ever move on from such an event.

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Brilliant book

I really enjoyed this book and the way the author dealt with the unspoken topic of how bloody hard it is to have it all and be everything to everyone and fail at it. Narration was excellent and well edited book with back story nicely filtered through without a deluge of chapters.

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Couldn't put this down

OMG this was a fantastic book. I couldn't stop listening to it. the story of 2 women was told beautifully by 2 different narrators. A very thought provoking read, challenging a working mother's life from all angles. Also, how we can choose how to be happy in our lives. Brilliant in it's descriptions of the ever changing emotions of the women. Really enjoyed reading this book. Great one for a book club as there is lots of different opinions that could be discussed

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Gripping, tragic story of juggles & struggles of parenting & career in a modern frenzied world

This was an excellent novel depicting the grief, blame and scapegoating of a career woman who through a series of unfortunate events, forgets her baby in her car on a hot summer’s day in New York, with tragic consequences.
Gripping story. I listened at every opportunity, finishing the book in just a few days!
Excellent narration. I felt like I was at a play with several actors giving award-winning performances
I highly recommend this book to any parent who has struggled with juggling parenthood and child rearing and to anyone who has judged or criticized a parent’s choices or child-rearing style.

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it was so true to life

a brillant read loved the characters just couldnt leave it down such a great story .It could have happened to any Mum trying to juggle all the sides of family life and a hectic responsible job .

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