Don't Let Me Go is a follow-up of the book 'No Child of Mine'. Since I had not read that book, I had no clue about the story line which made this reading even more interesting.
Charlotte Nicholls and her daughter 4 year old daughter Chloe has started a new life in New Zealand with Charlotte's long lost birth Anna and her family. Anna and Charlotte has not know each other for the last 26 years and their relationship cannot be like a regular mother-daughter relation. Chloe is suffering from the after effects of terrible traumatic experience and she is slowly coming out of it.
Things looks rosy and colorful but Charlotte's life is hanging by a very loose thread and past can come haunting any day. What will happen then?
This is a very difficult book to review considering the heaviness of the story. I was intrigued even in the very beginning to know what are those things in the past that are haunting their lives...
There are lot of gross things in this book - Multiple Murders, Child molestation and rape, Pedophile father, Social Services, Foster homes etc etc. I have read a few books dealing with few of this topics. But a book with all of this combined is a little too much to bear.
I can bear all the horrors of a family life gone wrong when I am reading a police crime investigation novel and
where the matters are dealt very objectively. But not in a novel written dwelling on the emotions involved. Believe me, it is another traumatic experience.
There are lots of questions put in front of the readers about various social issues. Can what is lawfully correct be good or bad for someone? Is it ok to break laws to protect the innocent? How good is the child care and protection facilities in UK? There are a lot of questions to which there are no clear cut answers based on the story of Charlotte and Chloe.
Susan Lewis has written the book very well considering the horrors involved and I was never ever tempted to put this book down without completing it. I just had to know what happened in the end. But then the ending was very much far fetched indeed. I found the ending to be too far fetched to add credibility.
Verdict: Good writing, but not for the weak hearted.
Publisher: Ballantine Books
First Release: Feb 2013
PS: I received a copy of this book from publisher through netgalley in return for my honest opinion.