This was my first book by Lisa Jewell and I am so angry at the lack of research done in this book by the writer and her team.
The story of a child suddenly gone missing is always eye catching and such books are on trend too – this is not why I am angry
Ellie on the way to library disappears and is not found for 10 years till some traces are found. Her mother Laurel does not give up searching for her ever. Ultimately due to evidence found, she finds some sort of closure regarding her lost daughter. She soon meets a man whose daughter Poppy looks just like her daughter Ellie. What’s the connection between the two? Who is Poppy? Where is Ellie?
This is the gist of the story. And the author Lisa Jewell has revolved all the characters around this plot. The book, at the beginning itself, tells us the mystery behind Ellie’s disappearance. So there is no further intrigue, just the dots getting connected together.
The book on the whole is written well with its usual suspects and story line. Laurel and Ellie have undergone great trials and tribulations during this phase till both achieve some kind of freedom and their story is well depicted by Lisa Jewell.
There are various characters who are an eclectic colorful group who make up the main character’s family but the author has not gone in depth into their stories. This book revolves around 5 characters the mom Laurel, her daughter Ellie, the kidnapper, the new man Floyd, his daughter Poppy. The entire story is a fast read with a good pace – this is not why I am angry
The main reason I am angry
I didn’t like how artificial insemination was shown, almost trivializing the work of doctors. One article written on the net is not research. Creative fiction has been used with a blatant hand and I didn’t like it. A woman who is not trained in this technique, who is not a medical professional should not perform this procedure, especially a psychotic math tutor.
I am amazed that a well known writer along her team of editors and publisher could not see this fact. In fact in the acknowledgement, this lopsided solution of immaculate conception has been called a bizarre radical solution to the plot, making a mockery of the medical procedure and doctors and nurses who work hard for the couple who are trying for a kid.
I read this book with my eyebrows raised and eyes shocked- really, is this how babies are conceived artificially, by magic mayhap??
I received this ARC from NetGalley and publisher and this is my honest and unbiased opinion
My rating : 2.5 stars
About the Author
Lisa Jewell had always planned to write her first book when she was fifty. In fact she wrote it when she was twenty-seven and had just been made redundant from her job as a secretary. Fourteen bestselling novels later, she lives in London with her husband and their two daughters. Lisa writes every day in a local café where she can drink coffee, people-watch and, without access to the internet, actually get some work done . . .
Ten years on, Laurel has never given up hope of finding Ellie. And then she meets a charming and charismatic stranger who sweeps her off her feet. But what really takes her breath away is when she meets his nine-year-old daughter.
Because his daughter is the image of Ellie.
Now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back.
What really happened to Ellie? And who still has secrets to hide?
Publication date : 27th July 2017
Publisher : Cornerstone Digital
Language : English
Available on Amazon
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