Monday, 23 September 2013

Books Read: Helen Fitzgerald - The Cry

When a baby goes missing on a lonely roadside in Australia, it sets off a police investigation that will become a media sensation and dinner-table talk across the world.

Lies, rumours and guilt snowball, causing the parents, Joanna and Alistair, to slowly turn against each other.

Finally Joanna starts thinking the unthinkable: could the truth be even more terrible than she suspected? And what will it take to make things right?

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I've not read any books by Helen FitzGerald before so when I saw The Cry was available to review on NetGalley I decided to request a copy to read. 

The Cry follows events that begin on a long distance flight from Glasgow to Australia which then turns into a missing baby case when baby Noah is reported as having been abducted from his car seat by his parents Alistair and Joanna.  They come under immense scrutiny from the police, media and everyone around them as everyone tries to establish the truth as to what exactly happened to baby Noah from the moment they stepped off the plane until he was reported missing.  Can Alistair and Joanna stand united or will this tragedy tear them apart?

The events leading up to the incident are not a mystery to the reader as we get to see exactly what transpired from the outset so this is not so much a whodunnit but it's more a case of examining the relationship dynamics of the couple plus those they come into contact with including his ex-wife and daughter, as well as exploring the different feelings and emotions that they are struggling to cope with... anger, guilt, grief etc.

This was one of those books that once you started you just could not put down and even though I thought I knew how it was all going to end I was wrong...

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