An unexpected visitor.
Dr Cat Lupo aches for another child, despite the psychosis which marked her first pregnancy. So when Ruby Winter, a small girl in need of help, arrives in the middle of the night, it seems like fate.
A devastating secret.
But as the events behind Ruby’s arrival emerge her mother’s death, her connection to Cat Cat questions whether her decision to help Ruby has put her own daughter at risk.
Do we get the children we deserve?
Cat’s research tells her there’s no such thing as evil. Her history tells her she’s paranoid. But her instincts tell her different. And as the police fight to control a sudden spate of riots raging across the capital, Cat faces a race against time of her own
Compulsive, dark and devastating, Give Me the Child is a uniquely skilful thriller with an unforgettable twist.
Imagine a knock on the door in the middle of the night, and you find your husband’s child stood on the door step, a child you had no idea even existed until that moment, well that’s pretty much the premise for Give Me A Child. Oh my what a tangled and gripping read this book turned out to be, with unreliable narrators and a dysfunctional family at the centre of this well constructed plot, prepare yourself for a hell of a ride. I do love an unreliable narrator as you are never quite sure what to believe, so I feel I’m always reading such books on an uneven keel, never sure where the author is leading you which I personally enjoy when reading a book.
Mel McGrath has created an array of dysfunctional characters some more likeable that others, but what an intriguing bunch, firstly there’s Cat a mother who suffered with mental health issues whilst pregnant, Ruby a child who really unsettled me, she appears to have an aura of malevolence radiating from her which made her a very creepy character. I’m not going to rehash the plot details as all you need to know is in the book description, but Give Me The Child certainly made for a highly original read.
As Cat tries to accept Ruby into her life things take a sinister turn, and it’s not long before she begins to fear for her own daughters safety, but have recent events made Cat unstable, or is there something much more frightening taking place? The author expertly weaves her magic, it’s a tale of families, lies, secrets and mental health although they are familiar and often used subjects in this genre, the author has presented the reader with an highly original and gripping plot, which made for a compelling read.
I could say so much more about this book but in doing so I would be at risk of giving away spoilers, what I will say is it’s a book with many layers, full of malice and intrigue and utterly terrifying as you are never quite sure where the plot is heading or what’s going to happen next. Give Me The Child is very much character led so if you like a fast paced read, this book may not be for you. If like me you enjoy a book that’s taut with tension and makes for unsettling read then look no further, Give Me The Child is a book I would highly recommend.
Print Length: 384 pages
Publisher: HQ (27 July 2017)