Title: Give Me The Child
Author: Mel McGrath
An unexpected visitor.
Dr Cat Lupo aches for another child, despite the psychosis which 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 questions 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…
This was a surprising read (or listen) for me; I wasn’t sure if it would just merge into one of the many books with similar storylines that I’ve read recently, but I feel that this really holds its own. It was a good story for audiobook, moving at a good pace and offering plenty of tension and surprises.
I really felt for main character Cat; imagine finding out your husband not only cheated on you but that he has also has a daughter (called Ruby) the same age as your own – and a bit creepy, to be honerst – and she turns up in the middle of the night having lost her mother in a housefire so you have to take her in… not great!
I won’t give any more away but Ruby doesn’t seem like the kind of daughter/step-sister you’d want for your own daughter… and her husband
Through it all, I don’t know how she didn’t throttle her horribly unsupportive husband before the book got to the halfway point – this book makes you so frustrated for her, and it really kept my attention. When you think you know all the ‘secrets’, though, there’s then more layers of deception leaving poor Cat in trouble with everyone around her.
This is definitely an interesting take on the psychological thriller story and a good one to listen to on audiobook. Recommended.