This Child of Mine - Sinead Moriarty
Source: Review copy courtesy of Penguin
Sophie is a happy 18-year-old living in London with Anna, her Irish mother. Anna has devoted her life to Sophie. It may be just the two of them but Anna has more than enough love to give. Sophie has everything she could ever need.
Laura is a not-so-happy artist. She too has a daughter, Mandy. But Laura is haunted by the loss of her first child, Jody. Happy-go-lucky as she is, Mandy lives in Jody's shadow and wonders why her mother can never let go.
Both mothers carry secrets and cannot forget the day their paths crossed. But a chance discovery is about to bring everything into the open and mothers and daughters, love and lies, past and future, will spectacularly collide.
What a book and a half this one is. I swear to god, it is mind numbingly, eye poppingly, miraculous drama! It never stops, not even once. You're on edge from beginning to end. You feel sick, you feel horror, you feel love, you feel neglect, you basically feel every emotion under the sun in that one book. It really is a smashing story.
As you all now by now when I really like a book I gush about it. I don't know how to write about it because I get that carried away I end up giving spoilers. I refuse to do that with this, it's far too much of a risk to do. You need to go in with your eyes shut to be hit with the force of Sinead Moriarty's words.
Without a doubt going in my book of the year category.
A book of nothing but twisted souls and dedicated love. Amazing.