I really enjoyed reading The Child Who by Simon Lelic and will definitely be looking out for more of Simon’s books!
The book focuses on the ‘aftermath’ of a terrible crime committed by a young boy. The boy is just over the age of criminal responsibility and the question I was constantly asking myself is presumably the question on everyone else’s lips when reading it. Should the boy be tried as an adult? I was also wondering……Was he completely to blame? Should his background be taken into consideration? Is it right for the solicitor to ‘feel sorry’ for the boy? Should I be feeling sorry for him?
I don’t want to go into too much detail here and divulge all the nitty-gritty of the plot so it’s difficult to say much more really. But, if the James Bulger trial and its aftermath had you wondering how ‘children’ who commit crimes should be treated, then I can promise you that ‘The Child Who‘ will have you questioning the legal process in the same way too! It’s a gripping book which to be honest I didn’t want to end as I knew the next book I had lined-up wasn’t going to be so good.
I have just given the book to one of my daughters to read. She happens to be studying Criminology & Criminal Justice so it will be interesting to hear what she has to say.
I love a good read and boy did The Midwife’s Confession deliver that! The book is one of those books that keep you guessing right till the end. You kind of think you’ve worked it out quite earlyish but there are a fair few twists and turns before the final denouement. It really is a cracking book! I can’t say too much without giving the game away but in a nutshell the plot revolves around a midwife, her two friends and their children, a suicide and an unfinished, unsent letter!
The cover of the book has one of those sticker things proclaiming the book is ‘As Good As Jodi Picoult Or Your Money Back’. Well it is and I didn’t want my money back. Will definitely be looking for more books by Diane Chamberlain.
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Just finished reading Nine Lives by Dan Fox. It’s a beautiful read and the author’s style has a poetic, raw quality to it.
His descriptions almost make you feel as if you’re actually there in the thick of it, whether it’s the bustling big city Hong Kong or the sleepy countryside in Southern Ireland .
The book is a kind of exciting ‘boy meets girl’ love story spanning many years and continents. Dan and Louisa have both have difficult childhoods. Dan ran away from home when he was 14 because his father was so violent and he becomes a successful businessman. He meets Louisa but still wants to realise his many ambitions whereas she just wants to live a quiet life, happily ever after with him.
The title ‘Nine Lives‘ comes from Dan’s feeling that our lives are made up of various stages like chapters in a book – so your past is effectively a different life. The book is a sort of journey through the life of Dan and Lousa and will genuinely appeal to men and women alike. It’ll make a really good beach book if you’re looking for something good to read on holidays. Mr. C is going to read this on holiday in Turkey next month and I think he’s going to enjoy it! I did anyway.
You can Buy Nine Lives from Amazon HERE.