Wednesday 17 July 2013

Someone To Watch Over Me Review

Someone To Watch Over Me By Madeleine Reiss

20th June 2013| HarperFiction
Paperback Original £7.99| Ebook £5.99

“She wasn’t able to say how long she had been asleep. It could only have been a matter of minutes.
‘Where’s Charlie?’ asked Damian, appearing suddenly above her.
‘I thought he was with you.’”
When Carrie’s son goes missing on a Norfolk beach while she is asleep, her world is devastated. Isolated by their grief, she and her husband separate, and after 3 three years Carrie is finally trying to build a new life for herself, running a gift shop in Cambridge. But she is constantly haunted by what happened to Charlie, whether he was taken or lost, and whether he might still be alive.
Rupert seemed the perfect gentleman, handsome and charming, the most vibrant person in the room. Now a mother to Max, it’s hard for Molly to reconcile this man with her violent, drunk husband. But having kept this secret for so long will she ever find the strength to tell anyone? And if she doesn’t, can she protect Max from his father?
When Carrie and Molly’s worlds collide they both have to confront what they fear most. But will the truth heal or destroy them? A haunting and compelling debut novel that will appeal to readers who loved the emotional power of Sister by Rosamund Lupton and the nail-biting tension of Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson.

About the author:
Madeleine Reiss was the winner of the People’s Novelist Competition judged live on The Alan Titchmarsh Show. Madeleine was the overall winner from over 1000 entries as judged on TV by Jeffrey Archer, Cathy Kelly and Penny Smith.
Madeleine was born in Athens and is the daughter of the late Barry Unsworth, who was shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times, winning in 1992 with Sacred Hunger. She worked for some years in an agency for street performers and comedians and then as a journalist and publicist. She has two sons and lives in Cambridge with her husband and her younger son. Someone To Watch Over Me is her first novel.

Claires Review 5 of 5 Stars

As a parent this book really tugged at my heart strings, trying to imagine the emotions felt by the characters.
This book is a great summer read, perfect to get into whilst sitting in the sun (as I did) and the fact that it was based in Norfolk was great for me as my parents live in Norfolk so I could picture the scenery quite well. I loved the main characters and admired their strength in these situations where im sure i could not have remained as strong if the shoe was on my foot.
This is an incredible debut novel that i cannot wait to see on the shelves! Amazingly well written, i have no doubt that this book should be a great success.
Thank you to Harper Collins for providing me and a copy to review.

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