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I was given this book by a friend and it was incrediably difficult to put down once you began reading and constantly left you wanting to read more and more!
The book starts by descibing how a mother dashes into the supermaket and leaves her sleeping baby in the car. When she returns the baby is gone.
The sotry then follows two main, whos stories inter-weave with each other. This sounds a bit confusing but it is easy to follow!
Firstly, 13 years after the babys disapearance, is the story of Erin and her daughter ruby. Erin gets with Robert Knight who is very well off and offers to fund Ruby's private education. Strange things start to occur when Erin flat out refuses to let Ruby attend the school and refuses to hand over the birth certificate so her daughter can enrol in the school.
Next is the story of the mother who's baby was snatched from the supermarket and how she has struggled to cope the last 13 years with the snatching of her baby.
The narrater also tells the story of abandoning her baby, which makes the book even more interesting!
As the story continues, you think you have solved the mystery, when a nother spanner is thrown in the works, leaving you constantly guessing and wanting to read more in order to solve the mystery! In the end the book leaves you thinking WOW!
This is one of the best book i have read in a long time, leaving you constantly wanting more!
I don't normally read much other than chick-lit, but this book was given to me for my birthday last year. I'm not familiar with Sam Hayes, but after reading this book, I have resolved to see if she has written anything else.
The story follows Erin and Robert, along with their daughter Ruby. Robert is a successful solicitor and is very proud when Ruby is given a scholarship to a top school. Erin is far less pleased, and is determined to stop Ruby from taking the place. Robert is understandably puzzled as to why she would want to hold Ruby back, and begins to wonder whether there is more to Erin's behaviour than he originally thought.
The story also follows Cheryl, whose baby was snatched during a routine visit to the supermarket. For years, she has slowly gone out of her mind as she struggles to accept that her baby (Natasha) is not coming back.
At the same time, an unidentified woman narrates her story (pregnancy and abandoning a baby) in dribs and drabs, feeding us red herrings that constantly throw you off the scent of which (if either) of the women she might be.
The three stories are almost seamlessly blended together, despite being so different from one another. Obviously you sense from the fact that they are all contained in the same book that they must be connected together in some way, but the book is written in a way that makes this impossible to figure out until the very end. I thought that I had worked things out by the last few chapters but the twists at the end of the book completely threw me.
If you enjoy books that leave you guessing throughout, I would thoroughly recommend this. All the way through, I was constantly trying to be two steps ahead of the plot, but I was wrong in my suspicions! It is an engaging read that really draws you into the plights of the characters. I really felt for all of the characters in various ways, particularly when all was revealed.