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This Child of Mine Paperback – 9 Aug 2012

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Product details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Ireland (9 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844882462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844882465
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 792,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gripping ... Sinéad's unique blend of storytelling and humour, mixed with a complex and deeply involving story, will leave you slightly gutted to reach the last page (Stellar)

Touching, warm, funny and emotional. She has the gift of telling a very emotive story with grace and empathy (Woman's Way)

Sinéad has written a breathtaking, rollercoaster ride of a book that will keep readers enthralled until the very last page (mummypages.co.uk)

Had me shocked and surprised all the way along ... a wonderful read ... I absolutely loved every page (Chloe’s Chick Lit Reviews)

As good as it gets in terms of chicklit polish and poise, humour and pain, pace and plot (Sunday Independent)

An enchanting story of love and loss and just how far you would go for the one you love (Handwrittengirl.com)

About the Author

Sinéad lives in Dublin with her husband and their three children. This Child of Mine is her eighth novel.


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I've enjoyed a few of Sinead's previous novels, and so I was looking forward to reading this. It had been sat on my to-read pile, and I was so pleased when I was finally able to pick it up.

This book is very well written. I don't feel I can talk about the plot line because I don't want to give any of it away, and as you read the book you discover a bit more with each chapter, so all I can do is strongly urge anyone reading this to give This Child Of Mine a chance.

The blurb does not give much away and so I didn't know what to expect when I opened the book, but within the first chapter I was gripped. The story is riveting, it is compelling and I literally could not put the book down. The reader is taken through a variety of issues and dilemmas within the pages and it is a very emotional story that grips your heart and pulls you in even further. Sinead writes very beautifully, tackling the issues in the book with sensitivity, and her writing style draws the reader in and absorbs them into the tale.

The characters were very well written and developed. The chapters are written from the different characters perspectives and this works well as it gives different angles and opinions to the story. As a reader we begin to learn more about the characters, what motivates them, what their thoughts and feelings are, and Sinead allows us to understand them on many levels.

This is an emotional story, it is very well-written, it is moving, and fans of Sinead will enjoy this one.
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As a fan of Sinead Moriarty, I was eagerly awaiting her latest book. Unfortunately it's a big disappointment.

I felt the plot was quite unbelievable, and even so could have been written far better than it was. I didn't really identify with any of the characters, and at the end the book just fell flat on it's face.

I found it a bit of a "nothing" story, a bit pointless. This was a storyline which could have been developed so much better, but I found she didn't make the most of a good plot. Disappointed.
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I've enjoyed a few of Sinead's previous novels, and so I was looking forward to reading this. It had been sat on my to-read pile, and I was so pleased when I was finally able to pick it up.

This book is very well written. I don't feel I can talk about the plot line because I don't want to give any of it away, and as you read the book you discover a bit more with each chapter, so all I can do is strongly urge anyone reading this to give This Child Of Mine a chance.

The blurb does not give much away and so I didn't know what to expect when I opened the book, but within the first chapter I was gripped. The story is riveting, it is compelling and I literally could not put the book down. The reader is taken through a variety of issues and dilemmas within the pages and it is a very emotional story that grips your heart and pulls you in even further. Sinead writes very beautifully, tackling the issues in the book with sensitivity, and her writing style draws the reader in and absorbs them into the tale.

The characters were very well written and developed. The chapters are written from the different characters perspectives and this works well as it gives different angles and opinions to the story. As a reader we begin to learn more about the characters, what motivates them, what their thoughts and feelings are, and Sinead allows us to understand them on many levels.

This is an emotional story, it is very well-written, it is moving, and fans of Sinead will enjoy this one.
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Irish school headteacher Anna lives with her daughter Sophie, who at 18 is getting ready to move on with her life and is getting ready for art college. Anna's single, and enjoys being that way - she focuses all of her attention on her job and her daughter, and likes it that way. On the opposite end, there's Laura, an artist who lives with her daughter Mandy, but is constantly grieving the loss of her first born daughter Jody, who died when she was a toddler. Laura lives with the guilt every day, and the subsequent demise of her relationship with her mother also. Neither woman really knows about each other, but their lives are about to take a huge turn and shock both of the women to their very cores. What exactly is going on with Anna and Laura, and will their lives ever be the same after the dramatic news?

This book is going to be a bit of a difficult one to review because I really don't want to give away a lot of the story as it's vital you find things out exactly as Moriarty wants you to, and I think that is why the blurb of the book is intentionally vague. As the book began with a mysterious prologue that has you shocked and desperately wanting to know more, I started to put ideas together in my head and sort of realised what was going on, but that didn't spoil it when the surprise is actually revealed - in fact I was actually shocked that I was right because I didn't think Moriarty would choose a storyline like this, it seems so much more controversial and surprising than anything else she's written so far. It's apparent from that that the rest of the book isn't going to be an easy read, and I was right - it was emotional, sad, heart-breaking and a very thought-provoking book that you will make you wonder about the morals and rights and wrongs of the situations in the book.
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