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Someone to Watch Over Me Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Jun 2014


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Charnwood; Large type edition edition (1 Jun 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1444819887
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444819885
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 0.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (247 customer reviews)

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Madeleine Reiss was born in Athens. She worked for some years in an agency for street performers and comedians and then as a journalist and publicist. She has two sons and lives in Cambridge with her husband and her younger son.

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‘Will send a chill down your spine.’ The Sunday Mirror

‘Great story. Great characters. Emotive and brilliantly written – you will love it. Don’t miss it.’ ‘Liz Loves Books’

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About the Author

Madeleine Reiss was born in Athens. She worked for some years in an agency for street performers and comedians and then as a journalist and publicist. She has two sons and lives in Cambridge with her husband and her younger son. Someone To Watch Over Me is her first novel.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By julian jones on 24 Jun 2013
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This is a beautifully written book. Madeleine Reiss has somehow managed to create a novel that, whilst haunting you at times with the nature of the writing, is thrilling, sexy, incredibly moving and often funny too. I couldn't put it down. It felt like the perfect read, I relished the experience. I lost myself in the world of the novel, and when I came back to reality again I thought of my friends, my children, the way life turns up the unexpected, sometimes the unbearable, but so much hope and joy too. It is vivid in its colours and textures. You feel the weather, the sand on the beach, the soft skin of a child. I defy you not to be moved by this novel, and if you like a thriller with a smattering of gorgeous men thrown in for good measure, it has got all that too. The best read I've had in a long time.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Love Books VINE VOICE on 31 Aug 2013
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This book starts off really well. Carrie, Damian and their son Charlie are enjoying a day at the beach when the unthinkable happens. It's every parent's worst nightmare and this opening scene is shockingly well portrayed. The book then jumps forward a bit and we rejoin Carrie coming to terms with the aftermath of that day and at the same time there's the story of Molly, a single mother bringing up her little son, Max, who was the same child Charlie played with on the beach.

So far so good. But this book just can't make up its mind what it wants to be. Is it a thriller? Is it a ghost story? Is it a romance? Is it chick lit? I honestly don't know although with the endless descriptions of what people are wearing and constant jumping to back stories, it veers strongly towards the latter. The drawn out details of Carrie's shop and every thing in it sit very uncomfortably along side touching portrayals of her inner feelings. And Molly, who I enjoyed reading about at first, behaves in the most unrealistic way possible when things come to a head in her life. At this point I'm afraid I stopped enjoying the book.

I think Madeleine Reiss is a good writer and I look forward to reading more of her work.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Jun 2013
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Well. Where to start. Maybe with a huge thanks to the girls at Harper Collins who sent me an advanced copy of this book. Lets say this. You want this book for when you are sitting on the beach. I said it would be the read of the Summer and I don't think I am wrong. You want this book if you need to curl up under a blanket indoors because as often happens, British Summertime never arrives. You want this book even if you are not having a holiday, just because I'm telling you - you want this book.

Carrie falls asleep on the beach, very briefly, and when she wakes up her 5 year old son Charlie is gone. We've all done it - taken our eyes off them for a brief moment in time, usually without consequence - but the consequences for Carrie are severe, and here starts her story. Living with the guilt sometime later, she has moved on as much as is possible under these circumstances, and life is continuing. A series of events sets in motion a possibility of closure..but what exactly will Carrie have to face to achieve this? In the meantime, on Charlie's last day on the beach, he met and played with another little boy - Max. Max's mother Molly is facing her own personal issues and tragedies, and interspersed with Carrie's story we also have Molly's. What will happen when the worlds of these two women collide? You will have to read to find the answers - and trust me, you want to do that.

I both laughed and cried while I was reading this book. It will take you in unexpected directions. It will tug at your heartstrings and make you consider the people in your life and what they mean to you. It is also a great mystery story - the two sides of this novel if you like come together perfectly - and by the end I was a bit of an emotional wreck in the best "reading" way possible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rossi on 26 Oct 2013
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Carrie goes through a parents worse nightmare when her small son Charlie disappears on a crowded beach one summers day. We catch up with her three years later as she's trying to get her life back together and has opened a small shop. Molly, the victim of an abusive husband was also on the beach that day and her son Max made friends with Charlie, but years later Max still seems to have a connection with the lost boy.

I like psychological thrillers and thought that this had all the ingredients to be a good one. It started off well with lots of pace but sadly soon rolled into a fluffy chic lit ball thanks to the never ending descriptions of the main character Carrie. The problem here is that the author works so hard to convince us of Carries fabulousness - her wonderful dress sense (daily reports of her outfits, from hairclips to boots), her impeccable taste (lots of descriptions of the vogue like displays in her trendy shop of nick nacks) and of course that she is entirely irresistible to men. Concentrating so much on these traits made it hard to empathise with her true feelings and to be honest made the book feel very inconsistent and slow. I prefer to read about raw emotions rather than what hair slides someone is wearing - really not my cup of tea at all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Wright VINE VOICE on 28 Oct 2013
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Two families briefly met on a Norfolk beach three years ago on the tragic day when Carrie's son Charlie disappeared. Molly tried to forget all about the terrible event although her son Max has constant reminders of what happened to his young friend. Their paths have not crossed since but as the two separate stories of women trying to move on in their lives begin to intertwine and then collide, the story races to a eventful climax.

Madeline Reiss has crafted an intriguing novel which will appeal to fans of other similar popular fiction such as The Husband's Secret, The Missing Half and The Sea Sisters. The only aspect of this book that I didn't like was the medium. Whilst I understand that this is a necessary part of the story it just didn't convince me, although it didn't detract too much from an enjoyable book.
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