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Absolutely not a 5 star novel
on 6 January 2011
I very often buy books from Amazon based on the customer reviews (in this case 13, 5 star reviews out of 19)and Emma's Baby was no exception.I thought this would be an ideal book to get me started on my new Kindle and paid over £5 for it.
After reading the book ( and may I say not for the 1st time) I ask myself the question if my expectations are far higher than that of other readers.
If the criteria for a 5 star rating includes poor or no plotting, weak storyline, improbable events littering the book, predicatable ending then indeed I would rate this book as 5 star. However if like me your standards are a little higher then you would be pushed to give this book 2 stars
(which I have done)
The book opens with a young mother seeing the doors shut on an underground train. Her little boy is on the train , she is standing on the platform. The story revolves around Emma's quest to find Ritchie with the help of the stranger (Rafe) who saw the events unfold. Strangely enough the police don't seem to be interested in looking for the missing child and question whether Emma has a mental illness. Some of the events are so unrealistic, in particular the whole DNA testing saga that I was tempted to abandon the book . I did manage to finish it but there was no unexpected twist, no shock ending , only more revelations about the shortcomings of Emma's parenting skills.This book just wasn't for me.
I thought Lullaby from Claire Seeber which deals with the same subject but from a different angle was far better written than Emma's baby.