Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Book Review - Someone to Watch Over Me by Madeleine Reiss

Someone to Watch Over Me  Another debut novel, and it has to be said another fantastic read.

When I first picked this book up and turned it over to read the blurb, my heart sank. I find stories about parents losing their children heart wrenching and this one was no exception.  It was one of many given to me for my birthday in July, a physical book, something I haven't read in a while, but the feeling of holding a book that I once vowed never to lose, was back, held in my hands and I hated it. The reason, the pain it caused in my thumbs and wrists, holding a book isn't the same when you have RA!

The Blurb from Goodreads:-

She closed her eyes and he was gone - who is watching him now?

When Carrie’s five-year old son, Charlie, disappeared on a Norfolk beach, her world was destroyed. Now, three years on, her marriage crushed by grief and the uncertainty around Charlie’s fate, Carrie keeps herself distracted by running a local gift shop. Persuaded by her mother to visit a medium, Carrie is initially sceptical, but is blown away when he appears to reveal something about Charlie’s disappearance; something that nobody could ever have known except herself.

Single mum, Molly, is worried about her young son, Max. Naturally a sensitive child, Max has been having more of his little ‘accidents’ at school and has recently starting talking again to his imaginary friend.

Reluctant to tell his teachers, Molly knows that Max’s problems stem from his very real anxieties about his father – a violent and unstable man – who they are now in hiding from.

Carrie is desperate to learn the truth about Charlie’s disappearance and Molly will do anything to protect Max from danger. Little do the women know that their worlds are about to converge – and both of them will have to face the thing they fear the most. But will the truth destroy them or will love be their saviour?

The story was fantastic. It follows the lives of two women, Carrie and Molly.  Carrie loses her son Charlie on a day out at the beach, never to been seen again and the story follows Carrie in the years after Charlie's disappearance.  Molly has her son Max with her throughout the book, their lives totally different from Carrie's but you know that there is some connection between them and the author makes this clear at the same time as holding out the real reason.  This is a superbly written book, that crosses many genres of literature within itself but the real story is one that has you on the edge of your seat till the very end.  I finished ready this at the weekend at the beach house. Everyone else had gone to bed but I just couldn't put it down so stayed up to the early hours until I had finished it, and I was so glad that I did.

Another 5 star rating from me on Goodreads  - Ellie Becker-Willett