Interesting but slightly longer than necessary?,
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This review is from: A Baby's Cry (Kindle Edition)
I enjoyed this book. I though the subject matter was particularly touching and this is really the first time I've read anything from the perspective of a foster carer.
However, I think the problem with the writing of this book is that the events which happened could be summarised in two pages. Unlike other stories I've read which recounted years of abuse at the hands of carers, family members etc., the events of this happened over a couple of months - less than a year.
The reader is gripped by the same questions as Cathy - "Who is that woman?" "What is the secrecy?" but I think 40% of the book seems to be filled with the life of Cathy Glass & Family, which while lovely wasn't really linked to the main crux of what the reader wanted to know. I enjoyed reading about your trips to the beach, your weekly shop at the supermarket, the children playing in the garden but after turning the page and still not getting any more answers about Harrison but instead descriptions of babygros etc., I was ready to skip some chapters!
The book picks up towards the end when Cathy starts talking about Rihanna (the birth mother) and the back story that we were all waiting for. I enjoyed that and as in all real life stories, there can't always be happy endings. I felt what the family felt when the story ended even though I was only part of this story for the few hours I was reading it.
In summary, I enjoyed the book - the good bits were well-written but I thought there was a lot of pointless recounting of situations in the middle that wasn't really relevant to the "real" story. Definitely worth giving this a read.