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This Child of Mine by Sinead Moriarty, is the tale of two women, Anna and Laura, and teenager we know as Sophie…when the two family’s worlds collide, there are unbelievable consequences.
I’ve never read a Sinead Moriarty novel before, so I had no expectations other than the synopsis on the back cover made me feel this book would be my cup of tea… and it was, and it wasn’t. Let me explain, I don’t read as much as I used to, from several books a week pre-children I now tend to read one every six months or so, and depending on how gripping it is, it can take me a long time to read it, simply as I don’t have time in the day, and when I fall into bed at night, I am so tired, that if I can manage any at all, it’s generally only a page or two at a time.
So I confess, I picked this up, wasn’t immediately gripped and then I didn’t pick it up for a good couple of months. One evening I picked it up, forced myself to push on with it, and before I knew it I was gripped. For me, this was a really slow starter. The book is divided into two parts, the past, and the present, and for me the past was a bit of a slog, it went on for far too long, but once you get to the present day you’re flying. I can’t say much about the story without giving it away, but its extremely well written. I did struggle to connect with any of the characters, none of them were particularly likeable apart from perhaps the WAG character Lexie, and Holly, Sophie’s best friend, but their parts were fairly minor. So it’s something of an achievement that even with characters I didn’t like, I was still gripped…you really want to know what will happen next.
It’s a slow start, and the characters aren’t all that likeable, but the storyline is gripping enough to hold your interest, and I’d say this was a great holiday book! If you’re jetting off somewhere, buy a copy of this for your sun bed lounging.
Ultimately, it wasn’t a brilliant book for all the reasons I’ve mentioned, but the writing was exceptional, with characters being well padded out so you felt you really go to know them, and the storyline was emotional and exciting, not unlike something you might see on Eastenders. It was apparently the number one bestseller in Ireland for quite some time, so it’s well worth a read.
You can purchase this in most book stores or on the Penguin website.