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  • Je recommande ce livre

    J'ai beaucoup aimé. le suspect était jusqu'au bout

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  • Great read!

    "She's Not There" was a very enjoyable read that was easy to follow and had a decent storyline which kept my attention from start to finish. Being a parent myself, you never stop worrying about your children and the thought of them going missing is just devastating. So I truly felt for Caroline when she discovered Samantha wasn't in her crib upon checking on her. I imagine she must have felt her heart had been torn out, I would - having lost my youngest son for only a couple minutes many years ago in a shop that feeling of dread is sickening. With the story having resemblances to the tragic Madeline McCann mystery, whereby the child goes missing whilst the parents are dining with friends on a holiday resort, you begin to imagine what it must have been like for the family following her disappearance and this book focuses on the remaining sister in the story and the subsequent years that follow. I have no comments or judgement to make on Caroline and Hunter's decision to leave the children sleeping while they went out and it was interesting to see how they coped with this after Samantha's disappearance. I did have a few issues with the characters right from the start, Samantha's sister Michelle was more than the average whinging kid and the Grandmother was quite infuriating in the way she treat Caroline. Hunter wasn't the doting Dad I'd have liked him to be, treasuring his beloved car's interior over allowing his kids a drink. As the years went by Michelle's attitude only got worse but one has to wonder how much that had to do with the events that unfolded when she was five and how emotionally scarred she was from her parents subsequent obsession with finding her sister and coping with their own emotional feelings. All in all a very good read with an ending I thought befitting and I would happily recommend "She's Not There" by Joy Fielding to readers of all ages. 4 stars.

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  • Kidnap & Deception

    Caroline and Hunter Shipley have two young daughters and are off to celebrate their 10 year anniversary in Rosarito. On arriving Caroline discovers that her brother Steve and his wife Becky, her friend Peggy and her husband and some casual friends Jerrod and Rain Bolton are all there to welcome them and to celebrate with them. Initially disappointed Caroline decides to make the best of the week even though she has been looking forward to a quiet week with her husband. From the opening of the book it is made very clear that Caroline has favourites. Her older daughter Michelle is seen as being a demanding 5 year old, prone to tantrums and just a general difficult child. The youngest child, Samantha, is the perfect, angelic 2 year old and very definitely mommy's favourite. On the night of their actual wedding anniversary the babysitter has been cancelled but their room overlooks the restaurant and Hunter talks Caroline in to going for the meal anyway. They agree to check the girls every 30 minutes and all seems to be going well, until they return to their room shortly after 10pm and Caroline makes the anguished discovery that Samantha is missing. If the story sounds vaguely familiar to you, don't be surprised. It is heavily influenced by the real life events surrounding the disappearance of Madeline McCann in 2007. It is actually an almost exact duplication of the main events with just a few minor tweaks to the location and people involved - the Tapas 7 are now 8 for instance. For this reason the early sections of the story became quite laboured reading as it felt like you already knew all this. The touches that kept me reading where the studies of how the press intrusion and the court of public opinion had castigated this mother and contributed to the break up of her marriage and her estrangement with her oldest daughter. Fortunately, the second half of the book dealing with the aftermath of a young girl coming forward saying that she thinks she is Samantha. This leads to a denouement that is unexpected and strangely satisfying and certainly makes me glad I stuck with the early portion of the book. I did enjoy the book but it was very definitely a tale of two halves for me and I could not get past the parallels with the McCanns. This generally spoilt the story for me and I have had to mark it down from a 4 to a 3 for this reason. completely subjective opinion but then aren't all reviews? I RECEIVED A FREE COPY OF THIS NOVEL FROM READERS FIRST IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.

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