Monday, 26 January 2015

♥ Stolen Child - Laura Elliot || Review ♥

It's every mother's worst nightmare.

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 …

Review
As much as a pleasure reviewing books is, i felt a bit bogged under lately with commitments left right and centre and i wanted to read something for me, i had spied this book in a shop a few weeks ago and i consider buying it, to only realise i had previously purchased it on kindle so i must of really wanted to read it at some point.

The narrative is told from multiple POV, we mainly follow Carla & Susanne, however later we are led to see the story through others eyes. Its the longest day of the year when Susanne burys
yet another baby. She doesn't want to have to admit another failure, and as time passes, its easier to not admit and to just convince the world that she is still carrying her little girl. With her husband working away for long periods of time its easier than you would think it would be. As her due date nears, she isnt even sure what will happen, all she knows is the voices are telling her too.

Alternately we meet Carla, famous after been spotted and launched further into the spotlight with a lingere shoot, and then becoming the face of the brand, anticapation - and for her it was all about her anticipation baby. With the smoothest pregnancy she was all set for her dream life. When her waters break one night whilst her husband is celebrating a success with work, he meets at the hospital and they welcome Isobel into the world. 

Two days later, after feeding Isobel - Carla falls asleep, she awakens ready to feed her to discover her baby missing, at first convinced one of the nurses have moved her to the nursery she only slighty panics, when she discovers this isnt the case. Her baby is missing. Elsewhere on a stormy night, Susanne gives birth to her daughter Joy.

Two stories, that are meant to be together, can such a tradegey bring everything Carla wants back? 
This was such a compelling read that had me hooked from the very first page, i consumed this book every spare second of the day, ad break? time to read, making a brew? time to read. I just had to know. The narrative flowed smoothly despite switiching POV reguarly. The description was flawless, i knew every inch of the gardens around Susannes cottage. It was gripping, it was tense and all consuming, for such a story to span such a large period of time, i thought it would be dragged out - but it wasnt, it was paced perfectly.

Rating
The strongest cuppa i could make! 
5/5

Author Info

Laura Elliot is the author of three novels, Stolen Child and The Prodigal Sister,published by Avon HarperCollins - and Deceptions, an e-book published by JuneConsidine. Her books have been widely translated and she has collaborated on a number of high-profile non-fictions books.
Aka June Considine, she is an author of twelve books for children and young adults. Her children's short stories have been broadcast and have appeared in a number of teenage anthologies.She gives regular workshops on creative writing.She has also worked as a freelance journalist and magazine editor but is now engaged full time in creative writing.
She lives in Malahide, Co Dublin, Ireland. 

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1 comment:

  1. I like the way this is laid out, and despite the upsetting subject I cannot help but be curious to see how it unfolds and learn what happened. Excellent review Em

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