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Regenerate – Wendy Cartmell
on 15 July 2014
“Did you know it’s been three months since you died and three months since our daughter was born?” Kerry asked Alan, although in truth he wasn’t in the room. These are the words that introduce us to Kerry, her baby Molly and dead husband Alan. He’d been killed in an IED attack in Afghanistan.
All seems quite normal doesn’t it? So how does Sgt Major Tom Crane from SIB Aldershot and DI Derek Anderson of the Aldershot police get involved? Because Capt. Francis Symmonds and his new wife, Kim discover the body of a baby girl left by the entrance door of the Royal Garrison Church. Nobody can realise with this discovery, just how all their lives will change over the next few weeks, especially when another baby girl, goes missing.
In this latest book, Sgt Major Tom Crane and his team are almost in the background while we the reader are taken through the harrowing story of two women who lose their babies. Two women coming to terms with having recently given birth and all that that entails. Kerry’s loss of her husband Alan. Julie trying to cope with a colicky baby while her husband Bob Wainwright, adds to her stress because he’s busy trying to recover smuggled heroin being sent by a fellow soldier still in Afghanistan and then, her baby girl, Tyler, is kidnapped.
The title of the book comes from an action Kerry takes to replace Molly, her daughter. I’d spoil the story if I told you more.
Once again Wendy Cartmell has managed to find a subject that would be perfect for discussion. How would you react if you lost a baby to cot death? What would you do if your daughter was kidnapped? Would you snitch on your husband if you discovered he was selling heroin? These are just some of the questions that the book has made me contemplate and give serious thought to. And another question: Are there really ghosts?
If you too want to find yourself thinking about a book long after you’ve come to the last page, then I can thoroughly recommend this book. - Treebeard
Rating: 4 Stars