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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (5 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099415380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099415381
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As it gathered pace... I found my heart beating faster. I cannot remember a more compulsive book... I am bowled over by the art of the novelist" (Daily Telegraph)

"Kennedy knows how to keep the pages turning...A pacy, absorbing and intelligent story" (Elizabeth Buchan, The Times)

"Excellent ... The pace is thriller-like, so cancel all engagements for the duration" (Good Housekeeping)

"Writing in the first person as a woman, [Kennedy] pulls off a bold imaginative transformation that I find enthralling and persuasive" (Jonathan Raban)

"His impressive achievement is... his narrator Sally, whose turbulent emotions he conveys with an unusual depth of understanding" (Times Literary Supplement)

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The critically acclaimed bestseller from the number one bestselling author of Five Days, The Moment and The Pursuit of Happiness. This bestselling novel is a compelling exploration of post-natal depression.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By N. Higgs on 31 May 2006
Format: Paperback
I thought this book was excellent....I stayed up till 2am to finish it (a rare thing indeed being the mother of two small early rising children.) This book IS about post natal depression, but not just that...i'ts also about relationships, the fact that Sally had given up everything to live in a foriegn country....finding a home, job, friends, all while pregnant and in a very short space of time. I won't spoil it for anyone but if you have kids, suffered PND, then read this book!! Reading a good book for me is entertaining, makes the time pass and stops me doing housework. This book is all that and more! Plus, who cares if things aren't 100% accurate? (aka the breastfeeding incident mentioned by a reviewer) great writers are just that.....making great works of fiction, not fact!
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By "samjlyon23" on 8 Sept. 2003
Format: Hardcover
Having read Kennedy's previous book, The Persuit of Happiness, in around 3 days I decided to give this one a go too and see if it was as good as I hoped. I was not dissapointed, although it is a little heavy going in the beginning, half way through the book there is a excellent twist and had me gripped all the way to the end. It was an excellent follow up to his previous work, I read this one in 2 days! Definitley recommend it!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By KathN on 27 May 2007
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This is one of the best books I've read. It's gripping throughout and is really difficult to put down. You are taken on a journey through the real highs and lows of the character and feel both frustration and sympathy as her relationship with her husband goes from good to bad. I read State of the Union prior to buying this book which again is excellent. The author has an exceptional talent for writing from a woman's point of view.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Norma Jansen on 19 May 2005
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Wow, what a good read. Douglas Kennedy never lets his readers down. Totally addictive book, couldn't put it down. It caused me to be late for work on a few mornings! Interesting characters and so well portrayed and gripping storyline. Also read Mr Kennedy's book 'The Big Picture' - fantastic, wonderful, thrilling - it's a must.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By mandy esseen on 11 Oct. 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is the first Douglas Kennedy book I have read - thanks to a purchasing order error, and I must say I am most grateful for it! Idly flicking through it to see what the style was like, I chanced upon the section where Sally, the bewildered Mother of a newborn son, is trying to clear her blocked milk ducts before she can breastfeed him. It was at once accurate, grimly humorous and immensely readable. I decided at once to keep it and read the whole book in the course of a Saturday (to the chagrin of my children!) The characters are psychologically rounded - especially Sally, and I am absolutely impressed that a man can represent both the frailness and strength of a woman with such integrity. Read it and see!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. B. Taylor on 23 Sept. 2008
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Once again Kennedy impresses me with his ability to write empathetically from a woman's perspective!

I found this story compulsive and read it very quickly as I was so caught up in the narrative. Sally's character was well drawn and I cared about her from the off. We had less insight into Tony, the prize Rat, but as it was essentially Sally's story, this wasn't a problem.

The attention to detail was excellent and the scenes in the hospital and the courtroom convincing.

Where I must tell Kennedy off however, is that he insisted on caricaturing almost all the Brits, presenting the worst elements of our society in each scenario Sally found herself in!
This particularly applied to the English as the two most sympathetic female characters, Maeve and Julia were Irish & Scottish respectively.
Nigel Clapp was allowed to be a hero, if an unlikely one and Rose Keating, a salt of the earth type, was only a minor character.

I wondered too about the significance of Elaine Plunkett (none as it turned out) I'd carefully filed her away as a probable bit player in Sally's downfall, but all to no avail ~ perhaps the plot was changed?

However, all in all a terrific read and maybe Mr.Kennedy, especially as he resides in London, might wish to acquaint us with some nice English people in future!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By twilight time on 27 Mar. 2006
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Once you start reading this roller-coaster book, it's hard to put it down, the events and the agonies come so thick and fast. A certain suspension of belief is necessary as there are one or two rather too convenient occurences that help Sally out of her dilemmas. It was hard to believe that it was possible to take a child from its mother while she is in the throes of postnatal depression.
Tony is truly devious, and Sally's sister an awkward pain, but the mauling Sally received at the hands of the English legal system made a shiver run down my spine. But I was particularly taken with Nigel Clapp, her saviour.
I read the book very fast as it is such a page turner, and then enjoyed it just as much on the second breathless reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Sept. 2004
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I do not write reviews easily but felt compelled to comment on this book.
After reading about one-third I found the book hard to put down and on several occasions found myself smiling or near to tears on Sally's behalf (a rare occurence). The book was vastly different to what was expected and I was suprised the author was male as his insight into motherhood and the emotions attached were so real.
I would recommend this book.
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