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- Listening Length: 7 hours and 25 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 14 Mar. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ITGI0JA
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The plot centres on a missing child, Noah. The reader learns early on what's happened and the narrative moves back and forth as events on the day in question unfold. The story starts with a long haul flight by Noah's parents, with Noah and the difficulties during the journey are well depicted. I could sense the frustration of the mother and the other passengers as things start to spiral downwards. Helen Fitzgerald creates a strong sense of time and place and on arrival at their destination, it was easy to imagine how the situation developed.
This is a difficult book to describe; there's plenty of tension and the perspective shifts as time goes by and the reader sees a different persona appearing; there have been earlier hints at a controlling and almost sociopathic personality where the individual has only their own interests at heart. Other family members and friends are drawn in and overall the missing child scenario is totally plausible and involving. Well told, with strong central characters and it held my interest throughout.
However... The Cry somehow managed to do all of these things and keep me totally and utterly gripped and immersed from start to finish. The writing style, the plot and the actual telling of the story is consistently good and so cleverly executed that I couldn't stop reading.
Just buy it and read it.
This is not a particularly long book at 307 pages, it is very much a tale of our times with facebook stalking, blogs and twitter all making an appearance and judgement on Joanna. It is a tale of a woman who believed a man would cherish her forever, a daughter abandoned by her father and a baby that goes missing.
A twenty hour plane journey to visit her boyfriend's mother is almost more than poor Joanna can bear. Baby Noah is just nine weeks old and is crying incessantly and Joanna has an ear infection, the passengers are annoyed and Alistair has gone to sleep. In short the start of this trip is nothing short of a nightmare. Believe it or not this is only the start of a horrendous chain of events.
This is a book that is entirely too plausible which is why it will resonate with the deep-seated fear of every parent. Helen Fizgerald has accurately captured the feelings that most parents feel but never admit too, the strain that suddenly shines a spot light on a relationship showing up all the dirt that was hidden previously. The scenes with the other characters are also accurate, unlike many books, those around Joanna and Alistair interact in a way entirely consistent with what they know. Each sentence takes the reader further into the nightmare. The power of the writing meant I felt almost complicit in the events with. Sympathy for Joanna vying with horror at what had happened.
I am fascinated how the media can orchestrate the reactions of their readers and this book shows the media at their best as they swing the public opinion in one direction, and then another, as events are revealed.
I struggle to call this an enjoyable read due to the subject matter but one that I simply couldn't put down in my eagerness to find out the truth. I will be buying the back catalogue from this Australian Author.
What a brilliant story, the is the second book I have read by this author (& it won't be the last). I think she has such an enormous talent and her descriptive writing is brilliant - I'm looking forward to reading more from Helen.
The author takes you on an emotional roller-coaster of a ride. I didn't want to put the book down and I read it in record time. The characters were believable and being a parent I could empathize with the feelings and strong emotions the author was trying to portray. The story takes on twists and turns and its really thrilling. I didn't end the way I wanted it to but that's not a criticism.
Brilliant book and I can't recommend it highly enough.
A touching, heartbreaking and infuriating story and a book that I would recommend. The only reason it's a 4* and not a 5* is the ending seemed quite abrupt and could have been much better.