Monday 20 January 2014

This Child Of Mine by Sinead Moriarty

Sophie is a happy 18-year-old living in London with Anna, her Irish mother.  Anna has devoted her life to Sophie.  It may be just the two of them - no father nor grandparents, no uncles nor aunts - but Anna has more than enough love to give. Sophie has everything she could ever need.
Laura is a not-so-happy artist.  She too has a daughter, Mandy.  But Laura is haunted by the loss of her first child, Jody.  Happy-go-lucky as she is, Mandy lives in Jody's shadow and wonders why her mother can never let go.
Both mothers carry secrets in their hearts and cannot forget the day their paths crossed. But a chance discovery is about to bring everything into the open and mothers and daughters, love and lies, past and future, will spectacularly collide ..... 

From the first page, I knew I was going to be gripped by this novel! What a explosive storyline! The cover, although lovely does not give away the magnitude that is hiding behind it.

I was very pleased that the synopsis gave very little away of the storyline as it would have completely ruined the story for me. It is literally one of those novels that surprises you and gives you something that you do not expect at all! It was clearly the intention not to give anything away and to leave it up to the author to guide the reader into the story in her own words.

I will not talk about the plot, as it really will spoil it. I was so completely engrossed in this and it really got me thinking about the arguments in the storyline. You really can see both sides of Anna and Laura.

This was brilliantly and cleverly written. It was excellent seeing the main characters points of view by alternating the chapters between them.  I fell in love with every single character, even those that have a lesser part to play, I felt like I knew them.

Explosive, emotional and incredibly compelling. If you are looking for a storyline that will grip you then this is it!


This Child of Mine is available from Amazon UK and Waterstones

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