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Contains animal cruelty which felt gratuitous and unnecessary
9 February 2019
This was my kindle first freebie choice. I enjoy psychological thrillers and as the author is a healthcare professional, I believed she’d be well placed to write with authority on a difficult subject matter. The premise is straightforward, the perfect couple want a child. They adopt a troubled child and as may be anticipated, there are problems.
The book is well written, although some of the dialogue is banal. I didn’t warm to the characters and felt no sympathy and very little interest in their plight. Overall, the plot became less and less plausible and way beyond where I could suspend disbelief. Also, rather than build tension and drama, there are a couple of scenes which are genuinely disturbing. I know child and animal cruelty goes on and I’ve worked professionally in situations where I encountered both. But in this novel, the graphic descriptions felt gratuitous. I don’t believe the detail was necessary and sometimes the skill of writing is that the author is able to build a mental picture for the reader, rather than spell out the horror. That, for me, is what builds tension and keeps you reading. I didn’t enjoy the book at all.