2017 Reviews · Book Broadcast · contemporary fiction · psychological · suspense

Book Broadcast: The Lone Child by Anna George


Book Broadcast is a post I have created to help ease the load of the books I have for review. It is a great way to spread the word, providing recognition to an author or publisher for sending me a book to review. As my reviewing and blogging duties have stepped up a notch in the last year, I don’t often have the time to complete an in depth review. I hope you can discover some new titles to read through this regular book post.

About The Lone Child:the lone child small

Neve Ayres has always been so careful. Since her mother’s death when Neve was seven, she’s learned to look after herself and to keep her cards close. But now her deliberately constructed world has collapsed: her partner’s left her when she was eight months pregnant. And so, alone with her newborn son, she’s retreated to her cliff-top holiday house in coastal Flinders.

There, another child comes into her life. 

The first time Neve sees Jessie, the small girl is playing on an empty stretch of beach. On the cold autumn day, she is bare-legged and alone, while her mother is distracted by her own troubles. At once, almost despite herself, Neve is intrigued and concerned, and Jessie is drawn to Neve’s kindness – and to her home. 

To Neve’s surprise, Jessie becomes an unlikely source of much needed care for her and her baby. Having been lost in the sleepless haze of new motherhood, Neve is touched, and finds herself grappling with how to best help the forgotten girl. She has the spacious house, the full pantry, the resources . . . But how much can you – should you – do for a stranger’s child?

In 2014, novelist Anna George released her debut, What Came Before, a crime based psychological thriller. What Came Before was a literary success, unfortunately it is also novel I am yet to read, but I hope to do so soon. The Lone Child is an atmospheric and psychological based novel. Motherhood is put on the spotlight by novelist Anna George. The Lone Child is a book that kept me engaged and guessing. I was keen to get back to it every time I put it down. I had a job trying to decide if one of the central characters was to be believed or discounted at many points of the novel. There is a great twist included near the close of this novel and the fallout for the characters was interesting to read. However, what I came away feeling most about this novel was the sense of vulnerability and sorrow that follows the characters of this novel. The Lone Child is an emotive page turning novel that I recommend to readers of psychological suspense novels.

The Lone Child by Anna George was published on 31st July 2017 by Penguin Books Australia. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

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