I was recently asked to review Give Me The Child, a Harper Collins book by Mel McGrath and I readily agreed. I was a bookworm from an early age and I can’t see that ever changing.
Having read mostly likely thousands of books during my life so far and for me the sure sign of a good book is when all I want to do is read it. Give Me The Child by Mel McGrath definitely passed the not being able to put it down test.
Before I tell you more about the book, here’s the blurb from the book cover:
AN UNEXPECTED VISITOR
Dr Cat Lupo aches for another child, despite the psychosis that 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 begins to question 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.
The book hooked me from the beginning, with the changeable weather recently it was so lovely to curl up and read under a blanket. I read the whole book within two days. Two very lazy cosy days.
I am someone who loves a mystery but, also someone who hates not knowing things. Therefore a book like Give Me The Child, which keeps you guessing all the way through the book is perfect for me as a reader.
I actually thought within the first few chapters, that I had it sussed and knew exactly who did what and why – I was wrong. The book had a twist that I wasn’t expecting. I hate predictable reads, if the story is predictable right at the beginning why bother to read until the end? This book is the very opposite of that.
Not only that, but it gives real insight into mental health issues and the stigma that can often surround them. Told sensitively, it really let’s you get into the main character Cat’s mind and makes you feel her self-doubt. Such important issues to get out there and try to remove the stigma over.
I could really visualise the story as I read it and it would make a fantastic thriller film.
My only tiny criticism is that with almost two different stories running alongside each other, that of the Ruby situation and of one of Cat’s patients (I can’t say much here without giving too much away), the book could almost have done with being a little bit longer. Just so that there was a bit more time to build the story of Cat’s patient a little more.
However, that’s just my opinion and it doesn’t stop me recommending the book. If anything, it just shows that I couldn’t get enough of it.
You can pre-order/buy your own copy of the book on the Harper Collins website.
Are you a fellow bookworm?