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  • Hardcover: 458 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1 edition (19 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312555776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312555771
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,431,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Claire Seeber is a Londoner who started professional life as a (bad) actress and became a documentary maker, a journalist and a writer of, so far, psychological thrillers. The Observer said of her first novel: 'a disturbing debut' whilst The Guardian called it 'powerful'...she keeps writing whilst also studying psychology and (trying to) to manage a home of slightly feral kids and animals. Luckily she's got a very nice partner to help too.

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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 Web.com

“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?''
MyShelf.com

‘Totally absorbing’.
Closer Magazine

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

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It's every mother's nightmare…

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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Lois Lane on 11 Nov. 2007
Format: Paperback
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 By Scarlett O'Hara on 30 Oct. 2007
Format: Paperback
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 By jaibee on 29 Nov. 2010
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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 By iamamy on 12 Nov. 2007
Format: Paperback
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 on 10 Sept. 2012
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Linton on 3 Oct. 2012
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It has to be said that this book starts out well - the opening chapter where the heroine is frantically searching for her missing baby/husband is totally gripping and feeds into the paranoia we all feel when someone seems to have been gone for a long time - what if they NEVER come back?

Sadly that is far and away the best part - indeed the only good part - of the entire book. One good piece of creative writing does not make a novel, there must be character development, a believable plot which holds the reader's attention and natural sounding dialogue - this book has none of those.

1. Realistic characters - outside of Jess and Mickey every single person is cardboard thin. Her best friend Shirl is the worst, a walking talking East End cliche, with all the empathy of a pot plant and her brother Robbie comes a close second.
2. Believable plot - Having read real life accounts of people in Jess's situation I found the way the aftermath of Louis's disappearance is handled completely unconvincing. In reality this kind of story would generate a media feeding frenzy and a huge police operation - this case seems to only have two cops and one reporter in evidence. Jess would likely have been under medical supervision and had a family liaison officer with her at all times - especially given her fragile mental state. She most certainly wouldn't have been left on her own to break into drugs dens or confront strangers in her own house - only a few days after her son went missing! And I don't believe either than a woman in this situation would be fancying the police officer on the case or worrying about her husband's ex-wife - her worry over her missing baby would occupy all her thoughts.

Last - and definitely worst is the dialogue (as other reviewers have mentioned).
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