Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins UK, Avon and NetGalley.
Carla Kelly wakes to find her two-day-old baby daughter's cot empty.
Isobel has been taken.
Susanne Dowling has been keeping a terrible secret following her fifth agonising miscarriage. But when at last she welcomes her new baby daughter into her life nothing else matters. They will both be safe as long as Susanne keeps her daughter close and confesses her lie to no one. Ever.
Carla, a top model, launches a fierce national campaign to find her child – but the trail is cold. She receives threats and recriminations from strangers – she flaunted her pregnancy in the media, she cashed in on it, she deserves everything she gets – and, encouraged by well-meaning loved ones to move on, she begins to fall apart.
But one letter Carla receives stands out from the rest. It offers support from a surprising quarter. And it sets in to motion a chain of events that opens wounds and exposes shocking secrets from Carla’s past that suggest what happened to her daughter was revenge a long time planned.
And it will bring Carla unknowingly close to the stolen daughter she has sworn she will do anything to get back …
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins UK, Avon and NetGalley.)
This was an okay story, but it wasn’t what I was expecting.
I felt a little split over the characters in this, because while I felt sorry for Carla and the way her baby was stolen, I also felt for Susanne and the way her baby died. Losing more than one baby and not having anyone to talk to about it must have been beyond difficult.
The storyline in this was okay, but it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. I expected there to be more of a search for the baby, but instead it took years for Carla to find out what happened to her daughter! I found the pace to be quite slow, and it felt like the book would never end. 515 pages seemed way too long for the number of events that actually happened.[ Like over 15 years! (hide spoiler)]
The ending was as much of a ‘happily ever after’ as you could expect in the situation, but I didn’t expect it to take place such a long time after Clara’s baby disappeared.[ I didn’t expect the woman who stole the child to be dead, and to therefore suffer no repercussions for her actions, and I didn’t expect for the baby (Joy) to be old enough to realise what was going on, and to have her life seriously messed up because of it! (hide spoiler)]
Overall; okay story, but not quite what I was expecting,
6 out of 10.