Charlotte Nicholls has a secret that haunts her....
When Alicia Carlyle returns to the home of her childhood after the tragic death of her husband, she is hoping to put the past behind her....
Lucy Winters’ parents have always been there for her....
Sometimes the choice is too hard to bear....
Two lives. Two families. One tragedy.Lauren Scott is bright, talented and beautiful....
Sterling is an ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens - until the day its complacency is shattered by an act of violence....
Eva Montgomery is at the peak of her career when she is viciously attacked by a stalker....
Kerra Bailey is a television journalist on the rise, and she's hot on the trail of a story guaranteed to skyrocket her career to even greater heights....
Grace Bradshaw knows the exact minute she will die. On death row for murdering her infant son, her last breath will be taken on February 15 at 12:01 a.m....
It has been two years since the death of Merritt Heyward's husband, Cal, when she receives unexpected news....
For fans of Big Little Lies and The Couple Next Door comes an addictive psychological thriller that's already an international sensation....
Twenty years ago, a terrible tragedy shattered the tranquility of the small Pennsylvania Dutch town of Reflection....
Practical Melanie Middleton hates to admit she can see ghosts. But she's going to have to accept it....
When Laura Truitt first sees the dilapidated plantation house, she's overcome by a sense of familiarity. Inside, the owner claims to have been waiting for years and offers an old photograph....
Agatha is pregnant and works part time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due....
You went to bed at home, just like every other night. You woke up in the back of a taxi, over 250 miles away. You have no idea how you got there and no memory of the last 10 hours....
Former Broadway dancer and current agoraphobic Billy Shine has not set foot outside his apartment in almost a decade. He has glimpsed his neighbors....
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.
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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Oh my! What a novel! This is the first time I have read Susan Lewis, so I wasn't so sure whether I would like it. However one very telling review on Goodreads from a reader I really respect - Laurel-Rain, had given it 5 stars so that was a good start!
It's a long book, so it took me a few weeks to listen to it. It is set in a small town in England. The narration was excellent and held my attention all the way through. The only very picky thing I have to comment on was the accent of a certain character who came to visit Alex. Sorry - but that is not a New Zealand accent!
But what of the content? Well it engaged me all the way through. Alex is a social worker, and a very good one. She cares about the children she works with. She puts in long hours and it is often heart breaking and difficult. She has to contend with situations where sometimes her life is at risk. She herself had a very distressing beginning to her young life and so knows first hand being left orphaned.
She has a few minor enemies, nothing outstanding, but enough to niggle and cause damage in small but significant ways. As well as working she is into drama and enjoys directing the local club. She is in a relationship with Jason as the book opens, but even as the book opens that looks a little shaky.
Alex trusts her instincts, and she follows up a phone call about Ottilie Wade and senses that all is not well with the child. The mother is very strange and the father is domineering and seemingly holding down a very respectable job as a deputy head at a local school. The more Alex knows of him the more she suspects. She soon is keeping a close eye on Ottilie, but things move slowly and social workers have to play by the book.
When one terrible night things go pear-shaped in a big way, the press go after Alex in a big way, blaming her for what has happened. As they do! They are out to sensationalise it all and Alex has to hide away at the rectory hoping it will quieten down soon. And she has put herself in a very compromising place. Go Alex!
I will certainly be listening to or reading the follow up book to this one, although with a little break in between!
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.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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
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,
5 of 8 people found this review helpful
The concept of the story was very good. A social worker who cares too much but there were bits that I did not enjoy.
The ending is very open but I’m not sure if I could listen to the sequel.
The performance was not bad but some of the voices.
I felt sorry for the little girl but could not bring myself to hate the mother who was a victim as well and I feel in her own way was trying to save her daughter.
There are several questions that have gone unanswered and it would of been good to know them.
But it’s not a bad story but it is highly depressing.
the story and performance we're wonderful. I definitely recommend this and Susan Lewis in general
Definitely gives the listener an insight into social work, the red tape and feelings of knowing something is not right , yet having to wait until you can prove it.
Very much enjoyed the story even though difficult at times. I couldn't wait to carry on listening.
There are parts of this book that I found really hard to read, and a couple of times I had to put it down, and at other times I couldn't put it down! I had the kindle and audio versions of this book so read some and listened to some. The hard parts are probably worse on the audio version but I think that just means that the narrator is doing their job well! Overall a really good read and perhaps some people will be less affected by the hard parts than me. If you do read it and enjoy it I would also highly recommend the sequel, Don't Let Me Go
We are initially lead to believe that Ottalie aged three has difficulty in speaking then suddenly she is able to use words and sentences more suited to an older child.
Alex a social worker appears to spend the majority of her working week attending the needs of one child, taking her to nursery, the zoo and her own home.....this just doesn't happen in real life and completely spoils the story which in itself is quite grafic in places.
It's all very predictable.
This book had me locked I couldn't stop listening it's so good I loved it was really worth it. I didn't want it to finish 😉
What did you like most about No Child of Mine?
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.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Far too long to listen in one go, but it definitely kept the interest going and I wanted to keep listening.
Any additional comments?
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.<br/>
The bottom line is that this could be a true story. A chilling hought. It was completely ruined for me by the narrator's often harsh and abrasive voice. Either give me a person who reads well or if you want a dramatic effect a series of appropriate voices for the multiple characters. Ms Franklin was a poor choice making too much effort to dramatise the narrative. The male voices were strained. This is the first time for me that an audible book has failed to deliver.