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Lifesaver by [Voss, Louise]
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Lifesaver Kindle Edition

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If you save someone's life, you become responsible for them.

When Anna receives a letter from Adam, thanking her for saving his son Max's life with a bone-marrow donation, it's the first positive thing that's happened to her for a long time. Grief-stricken at the recent loss of her baby, she's failed to give life in the past. Now this four-year-old boy is alive and healthy because of her: it's a heady realization.

Anna is desperate to get to know Max, yet terrified at how responsible she feels for him. So she decides not to tell anyone about him or that she's arranged to meet his father. Soon she is immersed in a complicated double life, spending half the week with her husband, who believes her to be filming out of town, and the other half with Adam and Max.

But Anna has lied to Adam about who she is. And she's lied about her marriage. And soon these lies will catch up with her...

About the Author

Louise Voss has been writing for the past seventeen years, with many twists and turns in her career. She started her publishing life with four novels for Transworld/Black Swan, the first of which, To Be Someone, was published in 2001 with its own CD soundtrack. To Be Someone was followed by three more contemporary women's fiction novels, Are You My Mother? Lifesaver, and Games People Play, until she switched to publishing thrillers with Mark Edwards in 2011. She and Mark were the first British indie authors to reach No.1 on the Amazon charts with Catch Your Death, where they stayed for the month of June 2011, with their novel Killing Cupid also at No. 2. This led to a four-book deal with Harper Collins. Her first solo thriller, The Venus Trap, was published by Thomas & Mercer in February 2015, and her sixth co-written novel with Mark, The Blissfully Dead, will be out later in the year, a sequel to the successful From The Cradle (the first in the DI Patrick Lennon series, both also published by Thomas & Mercer). Louise lives near Hampton Court and can be reached at @LouiseVoss1 on Twitter. She and Mark also have a very active Facebook page and love hearing from their readers: www.facebook.com/vossandedwards.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5280 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Louise Voss; 3 edition (11 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006L8KUQ4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #196,054 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I loved this book. From page one, the prologue intrigued me, after reading the blurb about the book and knowing that Anna is leading a double life, the prologue sets the scene for the end of the book - but you have no idea which way it will go.
I felt like a fly on the wall as the story opened, taking me straight into the complicated lives of Anna and her husband. After suffering miscarriages and then a still born baby girl, Anna is trying to come to terms with the fact that she might never be a mother, the author really got to the heart of the complex feelings that had Anna's feelings on a roller coaster. Two years previously Anna had donated bone marrow for a leukaemia patient and when she is contacted by the father of the recipient to thank her, she is thrown into a maelstrom of feelings - when you have saved someone's life, do you become responsible for them? On top of the very raw pain of having a still born baby, Anna becomes confused and secretive until finally she embarks on a mad plan of action that could make or break her life.

As with all Louise Voss books, the characters are absolutely superb, she has the knack of really bringing them to life, feeding bits of information, thoughts and feelings until they become real people. The story is touching, funny, sad and enlightening and for me was compulsive reading. I totally recommend this book, it has so much in it and there is never a dull moment - a really great read.
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This book has brought me on such a journey. I have loved getting to know the characters and seeing what basically is adultery being explored from a completely different angle.
I have already read other books by this author which is what attracted me to this book. I knew I wouldn't be disappointed!
The theme made me a little reluctant to read it as I am so strongly against adultery. I read a few reviews though and knew I had to explore whether I too could care about a character committing such an act.
I look forward to reading this again and will no doubt cry at the sad bits knowing they will be coming and laugh ahead of que at all of Max's loveable phrases and mannerism.
Be prepared to look at things a bit differently.
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Lifesaver is a beautiful story about a woman who goes on a journey of discovery. Anna, a bit part actress is married to a music exec who travels a lot so Anna has a fair amount of time to herself. When she receives a letter from the father of a young boy who was the recipient of her bone marrow donation, Anna goes undercover to meet the boy and his dad. This decision sets Anna down this path of self discovery that she never expected.

The book is based in the present with brief interludes of Anna's past. Anna's journey takes a while to get going but the letter from Adam (the father) starts a chain reaction of events pushing Anna slowly into unexpected waters.

Anna seems rather sanctimonious. She looked down her nose at the bowling alley children's party, turning her nose up at cola and lemonade, determined to give her goddaughter raisins instead of cake. She's the sort of vegetarian who would annoy me in real life. Though I did feel sorry for her with her miscarriages; a heartbreaking experience for any woman to go through.

The bone marrow donation seemed very out of character. Anna gives the impression of being a very selfish woman, from trying to steal another woman's husband at 17/18 to trying to persuade her best friend not to terminate her pregnancy because she's struggled to give birth to her own child.

I had a great auntie Lil (sadly no longer with us) and I pictured her in her slightly more agile years. I was instantly curious to know what happened between Lil and Anna to cause Anna not to visit in 10 months.

I did enjoy Lifesaver though it's possibly not a book had I not previously read The Venus Trap or Louise's books with Mark Edwards but I'm glad I did. A lovely read from a brilliant writer.
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A very well written story of a young woman's life spiralling out of control.

Anna and her husband Ken had everything except a much wanted baby.
We join Anna at her lowest, she has miscarried twice and more recently has endured a still birth. Ken who is obviously grieving as well has thrown himself into his work leaving Anna feeling alone and depressed in their big house.

Then a letter changes everything. Anna discovers a bone marrow donation she gave before her last pregnancy has been given to a young boy with leukaemia and it has literally saved his life.

Feeling she now has a bond with this child, she innocently at first, sets about finding out more about him. To her delight she discovers he lives with his father just a couple of hours away.

Anna's fragile state of mind and current lack of work (she is an actress) causes her decisions beyond this point to make the reader want to yell out.

I was hooked.

This was a surprisingly gripping read.
Louise Voss has written this book superbly and I will definitely be looking out for more from her.
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I loved it.
This book was not quite what I was expecting having read the works that Louise Voss has done with Mark Edwards.
I was pleasantly surprised however with how much I enjoyed reading this book despite it not being my usual genre.
This is the first book I have read by Louise Voss as a solo author, and I clearly picked a good one to start with, I would most definitely read more of her work
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