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Lullaby [Kindle Edition]

Claire Seeber
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What should have been a happy family day out quickly becomes a nightmare…

The chilling debut from a bright new talent.

What should have been a happy family day out quickly turns into a nightmare for Jess Finnegan. One minute she is thankful for a few minutes' peace away from the demands of motherhood. The next she is frantically searching for husband Mickey and 8-month old Louis.They have disappeared, nowhere to be seen. As the police launch a massive manhunt, Jess's panic intensifies.

Then Mickey is found, badly beaten – and alone. Where is Louis? Is he still alive? Could he be the victim of child trafficking or something much closer to home? Just how well does Jess know her new husband? And when her wayward brother turns up out of the blue, what is he after? As the investigation unravels, Jess discovers that the people closest to you are not always what they seem…

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‘An accomplished, disturbing debut ‘
Peter Gutteridge, The Observer

‘Lullaby is a powerful and sensitive treatment of every parent's worst nightmare.’
Laura Wilson, The Guardian

‘A confident debut…written with panache’
Cath Staincliffe, Tangled

“I read a lot of books, but I can’t remember the last time I was so involved in one…Why aren’t more thrillers so…thrilling?''

‘Totally absorbing’.
Closer Magazine

‘Author’s debut thriller…is proving a hit with the public’.
South London Press

Cath Staincliffe, Tangled

`A confident debut...written with panache'

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 528 KB
  • Print Length: 465 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312555776
  • Publisher: Avon (29 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002UZ5J9K
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,424 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This lullaby will keep you wide awake 11 Nov. 2007
This book is unputdownable. Crime fiction is often predictably macho but this one combined an artfully constructed plot with a raw and plausible account of a young mother's psychological torment. It kept me guessing until the very end. The fact that it is narrated, at breakneck speed, by the lead character, Jess, draws you into her slightly paranoid mindset and makes you suspect, along with her,that anyone and everyone might have some involvement in the disappearance of cherubic baby Louis. It made a refreshing change to unravel the crime in the company of a vulnerable (and eminently fallible) young woman, instead of the usual gritty/flawed/recovering alcoholic detectives that crime fiction is littered with. I can't wait for her next book.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A compelling page-turner 30 Oct. 2007
Lullaby is a cracking read. The characters are real in your mind as you're introduced to them, and the utter fear and gut-wrenching sickness that Jess feels throughout her quest is palpable. Claire Seeber paints her backdrops for the story beautifully, and the pace turns the pages quickly. If you have the luxury of time, read it from start to finish in as few hits as possible - it's annoying to have to stop and close this book, just because you really should get on with things...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like the characters 29 Nov. 2010
By jaibee
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Difficult to know what to say about this book. The writing was fine and the story idea OK but I found most of the characters really irritating so it was difficult to be sympathetic to them. The behaviour of the main character Jessica was at time so maddening that I wondered how anyone would not have seriously lost their temper with her. I am not sorry I read it but I think for me once is enough.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a real page-turner 12 Nov. 2007
By iamamy
i loved it! i couldn't put this book down, and even looked forward to getting on the tube to work so that I'd have a chance to read it. A really gripping thriller, with so many possibilities you really don't know who's involved to the very end.
very readable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Nurrie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Claire Seeber really likes to use the word Darling, it's irritating when she uses it for practically every character andthe only term of endearment. There's no princess or babes, or sweetheart. It's always darling.

"Last night I'd worn the new dress Mickey had bought me for my birthday, deep pink and deep cut and terribly sophisticated, darling"

"Don't be stupid, darling,"

"however often he said we were his darlings"

"spoke like Audrey Hepburn and said `darling'"

"`Oh darlin'"
"`I said I never meant to hurt you, darling,'"

"`You what, darling?"

"Come here, darling"

I did enjoy this book more than "bad friends" but not by much. The main character isn't also quite as pathetic as "bad friends", being more proactive in searching for the villian, while the heroine from bad friends just cried and retreated away from the world.

Still, after reading two books by her, I don't think I'll be picking up another book by her, especially if she is going to contiually make generic pointless best friends who the main character spill out her problems and then you never really see the bff apart from the odd cameo in a few scenes.

The story starts out interestingly enough, there are many suspects where you're torn between choosing who the culprit really is. But then it starts getting ridculous and Claire Seeber really likes to draw out past events that have no real impact on what is happening in the present, so you get to the point you stop caring anymore.

It is written well, but there is no real character development and everyone kind of feels generic, comical version of themselves. So yeah, don't think I'll pick up another one of her books after this.
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Format:Kindle Edition
This was not the kind of book I would normally gravitate towards, but it was available for a limited time as a free download from the Kindle Store, so I thought I'd give it a go.

At first I found the story a bit slow to get going, and I had little empathy with Jess, the new Mum whose baby Louis had gone missing. I started to think that I had "got what I paid for", but I consider it a defeat to give up on a book, so persevered.

I'm so glad I did - the story and characters developed really well and I was truly hooked. Although the ending wasn't a complete surprise it was still gripping, with enough twists and turns along the way to make this a real page-turner. I ended up glad that few of the characters were particularly likeable, after all that's much more realistic than black-and-white goodies/baddies. Without spoiling it, I was also glad that it didn't have a cliched happy ending where everyone lived happily ever after.

For me the mark of a good book is where themes and characters stay with you long after you have finished reading, and two months later it is true of this one. Another mark of success for me is whether I'm happy to recommend it to others - which I unreservedly am!

I've now downloaded two more Claire Seeber books and hope they as as good as this one. I certainly wouldn't have discovered this author without the initial free download. I hope that publishers and authors continue to offer limited free downloads to wet people's appetities to fiction that they might otherwise not have tried.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I've really enjoyed a couple of Claire Seeber's other novels
I've really enjoyed a couple of Claire Seeber's other novels, but this wasn't my favourite. The characters weren't so easy to engage with, and the plot seemed a little over the top... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Katie Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer debi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good story line. Couldn't put book down x
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Samantha Townsend
1.0 out of 5 stars I hated the characters so much that I hoped she didn't get the child...
Unbelievable characters and too many contrived circumstances. I can not understand why anyone rates this book. Waste of time and money.
Published 1 month ago by Jo Windsor
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite enjoyed this book
Quite enjoyed this book, although it seemed a little over the top in parts, it was well written and I am certainly tempted to try this author again.
Published 1 month ago by Satisfied customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of hours!
Was recommend this book to read what utter rubbish in the end I didn't care who took the baby it was so unbelievable the characters were all forgettable. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Wendy Jenkins
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I really don't know what to say about from not me a while to read this book. I found it slow paced, one min it would grip you and the next drop your suspense like a sack of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ladyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
This book was a page turner. Jessica was an amazing character, doing all the things most of us would do in a similar situation. Read more
Published 4 months ago by jo wright
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read
A good read, I'll be looking out for more from this author. The characters could be a bit annoying, but the plot kept me guessing.
Published 5 months ago by JL
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
This book had me hooked from the start and was thrilling throughout. full of twists and turns, I would highly recommend this book to read.
Published 5 months ago by codey
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