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    Chilling psychological thriller

    Just imagine it’s the middle of the night, the house is all quiet with everyone asleep in bed and there is a knock at the door. Stood there are police officers with a young girl. A young girl whose father is the father of your own child, a young girl you knew nothing about. What’s more you are now expected to take care of this young girl….what could possibly go wrong? I was totally blown away by this fantastic psychological thriller from Mel McGrath. I love a good psychological thriller so I’m always on the look out for a new author to try. The author’s writing drew me in, I was total immersed in Cat’s world. I wanted to devour the book but savour it at the same time. The more I read, the more I questioned the reliability of Cat – you’d expect a child psychologist to be a reasonably reliable narrator. But as her world start to come crashing down around her and give the fact she suffered mentally whilst pregnant to the extent that she had to be placed into care for her own safety, I began to wonder. There are two children who really haunted me as I read this. Joshua – he’s a chilling child, I actually felt a tightening of my chest as I read certain sections about him. It is quite upsetting as a mother to think that there are children, not just people under the age of 18 but children at primary school who can be diagnosed with such extreme personalities. And then there is Ruby, the young girl who is airdropped into Cat’s life without any warning. She’s a dark child – is she hiding something, is she someone not to be trusted? I really did not know what to make of her. The extent of the darkness of these two children can only be found by reading right to the end. I found the cover to this novel very intriguing at first, such a simple image of an escalator which makes perfect sense as the story builds to its climax. I highly recommend this psychological thriller if you like them dark and gripping! Many thanks to HQ and Netgalley for my advanced copy of Give Me the Child. I’m looking forward to what Mel McGrath has to offer next!

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