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The Other Child

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  1,208 Ratings  ·  152 Reviews
An old farm, a deserted landscape, a dark secret from the past with fatal consequences in the present ... The Other Child is a suspenseful and atmospheric psychological thriller from Germany's most successful living female author.

In the tranquil northern seaside town of Scarborough, a student is found murdered. When faced with a copy-cat crime, the investigators struggle t
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Paperback, 410 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Orion (first published 2009)
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Mark Flowers
May 13, 2013 Mark Flowers rated it it was ok
(sorta spoilery)

OK, so - the main mystery is completely ridiculous, and the murderer is ridiculously easy to spot, since she is the only character whose thoughts Link doesn't give the reader.

But I was much more annoyed by the subplot, and source of the title--it is presented as emails from one character to another about some horrible things they did in the 1940s. But since both the sender and receiver of the emails already know the story, there is no reason 1) for the emails to exist in the firs
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Moira Russell
Quite readable up until a completely potted twist ending in which one character acts entirely unbelievably and another character has magically known everything all along with their "marked ability to empathise" except we aren't told anything about that until the last minute. ARGH. It's one thing to carefully mislead the reader and bury clues (see Christie or Peter Dickinson), quite another to withhold knowledge so entirely the last 10% is like stumbling into an entirely different book. If you wa ...more
Tony
May 10, 2013 Tony rated it liked it
THE OTHER CHILD. (2013). Charlotte Link. ***.
This is the first novel from this author to be translated into English from its original German. It was apparently a best-seller in Europe (“15 Million Copies Sold!”), and the publishers obviously thought that the American market was ready for this one. I don’t think so. The story line is about a child who was evacuated to the countryside – Scarborough – along with others during the London blitz of WW II. That child was alone; the rest of the family w
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Lizzie Hayes
Apr 26, 2012 Lizzie Hayes rated it it was amazing
‘The Other Child’ by Charlotte Link
Published by Orion, 15th March 2012. Trade Paperback. ISBN: 978-1-2338-5

In the seaside town of Scarborough, a student is found murdered. No progress is made in solving the crime before a second death which is a similar killing. But despite the similar MO the police struggle to find a connection between the two victims.

Ambitious detective Valerie Almond is convinced that the truth lies within the family of the second victim, but is in essence stabling in the dar
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Melinda
Jan 12, 2016 Melinda rated it liked it
The story is about two murders. Amy Mills, a young student that was murdered when she returned home after her baby sitting duties and Fiona Barnes, a 79 year old woman who was murdered after leaving an engagement party. Detective Inspector Valerie Almond, is under the impression that the two murders are related, however her search for the murderer leads to the unveiling of a dark secret…

The author tells the story about Fiona’s past and a dark secret she shares with Gwen’s grand father, Chad Beck
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María
Mar 03, 2016 María rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
3,5 estrellas (Me han gustado bastante)
Una novela con un ritmo que te impide dejar de leer.
Mucha mucha intriga, muchos interrogantes y con una ambientación genial.
Lo peor, el final... Me ha decepcionado porque aunque no me lo esperaba, para mí, no ha tenido gran sentido.
Mi personaje favorito ha sido Fiona, sobre todo en relación a su Biografía y a su historia durante la II Guerra Mundial.
Qué si lo recomiendo? pues SI pero no esperes algo súper espectacular, solo, pásalo bien
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P.D.R. Lindsay
Apr 21, 2013 P.D.R. Lindsay rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers
Anyone liking tightly written, extremely complex murder mysteries is on to a winner here. I didn't guess whodunnit until the very last moment. As an example of excellent writing with all those hidden motives weaving their way to the surface this novel is a shining example.

It's also a book to make you think about how the past affects the future and how the ripple effects from one action can cause so much damage to so many people.

This is a novel to reread carefully and thoughtfully.
Kerstin Stutzke
May 08, 2016 Kerstin Stutzke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An einem regnerischen Abend lernt Sprachlehrer Dave Tanner die schüchterne, altjungferliche Gwen Beckett kennen und bietet ihr an, sie nach Hause zu bringen. Gesagt getan, auch wenn Gwens Zuhause mehr ein heruntergewirtschafteter Hof ist. Die junge Frau hält sich und ihren Vater mit der Vermietung von Zimmern über Wasser, was ihr mehr schlecht als recht gelingt. Dave hingegen sieht, dass hier verborgenes Potential vorhanden ist und beschließt Gwen fortan zu umwerben, was ihm bei der schüchternen ...more
Kate Evans
Oct 20, 2015 Kate Evans rated it it was ok
I am a bit bemused by this book as the 'blurb' says that it was a massive bestseller in Germany and had rave reviews. Perhaps it lost something in translation. The bag of odd-ball characters were interesting and there was quite a bit of pace, but the plot was clunky. There was no finesse in the way the historical thread - which I found more interesting than the present day thread - was brought in and I was not convinced by the resolution. I had decided to read it because it is set in Scarborough ...more
Joanne
Oct 24, 2012 Joanne rated it really liked it
Compelling, disquieting, but unputdownable
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Inhalt:

In Staitondale geschieht ein Mord. Eine Studentin wird brutal ermordet. Einige Jahre später geschieht dies ebenso an einer älteren Frau. Kann man von einem Serienmörder sprechen oder doch von Täter aus dem näheren Umkreis? Diese Frage muss sich Valerie Almond stellen…

Schreib-/Erzählstil:

Ist Frau Link müde? Anscheinend braucht sie mal eine Auszeit, da sie zwar nach wie vor gute Charaktere skizziert, sich aber allerhand Klischees, Schnulzigem und bewusst Dramatischen bedient. Die Verstricku
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When is a crime novel not a crime novel? This book starts by creating the tension for situation that is not fully revealed until the final chapters; a horrific situation in a remote rural community....a barn and the contents that send a young woman running for her life. Then we move to current times and a murder that we know will happen...a young woman is bludgeoned to death....it was inevitable, the act was obvious from the start, the author planted that seed clearly in our minds. Yes t
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Bosorka
Sep 16, 2015 Bosorka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moc dobrá detektivka navíc s nastavbou rodinného tajemství zasahujícího mnoho let zpátky. Příběh z války dodává knížce na ještě větší intenzitě, předložením morálních otázek působí naléhavěji, skoro až odsune detektivní linku do pozadí. Což ale nevadí, protože tak trochu nutí čtenáře přemýšlet jiným směrem a ten pak může být překvapen. Líbilo se mi moc, i rozkreslení jednotlivých postav, nejednoznačnost, atmosféra. Možná až konec byl trošku natahovaný, ale i tak pro mě příjemný objev zajímavé au ...more
Penni
May 02, 2013 Penni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, but because it is set in two time zones I found myself getting drawn into each time and then all of a sudden it would switch to the other time zone and I would be all 'no wait I want to know what happened next' and so it went on throughout the book, but it was certainly intriguing and although I had my inclings I never really guessed the culprit! I liked some of the characters and was infuriated by others. I enjoyed the references to the yorkshire coastline as I spent ...more
Rachael
This was the first book that I've read that was first in another language before, which made me feel cool when reading it.
As for the story, I did really like it. I liked how each of the characters that we were introduced to, we actually got a chance to read about them a bit, and got to know them, instead of being just surface characteristics, that some crime/mystery books have.
I was intrigued by both the 'past' section of the story, as well as the present, which tells a lot for me, since normal
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Anja
Mar 11, 2014 Anja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Herrlich. Wie bei fast allen Büchern der autorin war ich auch hier wieder sofort mitten im Geschehen. Ein Prolog der gleich mal 1000 Fragen aufwirft und man sofort mit grübeln beginnt. Hier erwartet den Leser eine wirklich ausgereifte, packende Story in der nichts so ist wie es scheint. 2 Morde passieren relativ schnell aufeinander und ich habe krampfhaft überlegt wie das alles zusammenhängen kann und was warum und wie passiert ist. Aber keine Chance, wieder passiert etwas neues oder man erfährt ...more
Irene
Oct 15, 2015 Irene rated it it was amazing
Amy Mills needed the money that her job as a babysitter brought in. That was the only reason she did it. But she had to pay for her studies more or less on her own, so she could not be picky. Sometimes it meant she got home late, and she hated the trip home in the dark. The storm and the afternoon's heavy rain had driven everyone inside and cleared the street. She was in the middle of the bridge when she stopped and looked back. A man was walking down St. Nicholas Cliff. Tall, slim and taking qu ...more
Annelie Bernar
Jan 13, 2016 Annelie Bernar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un thriller psicologico avvincente ed imprevedibile nello svolgersi della trama, che tiene incollato il lettore fino all'ultima pagina in un crescendo di suspense, riuscendo a tenere sempre alta la tensione e regalando un finale certamente inaspettato. La storia si svolge su più piani temporali, alternando passato recente e lontano al presente. Come sempre la Link si dimostra magistrale nel descrivere i personaggi, soprattutto quelli femminili, scavando nella psiche umana ed affrontando così tem ...more
Kendra
Sep 15, 2016 Kendra rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
I bought this book solely because Davina Porter narrates it; I just love her. But not all of the books she narrates are winners (except the Outlander series, which are all fantastic), and I didn't have high hopes for this novel and author I'd never heard of. But I was very pleasantly surprised. This is a solid, engaging, well-written murder mystery. It's well paced and kept me guessing for much of it, even if I didn't end up ultimately surprised by "who done it" and various aspects were annoying ...more
Lu Gv
Apr 24, 2016 Lu Gv rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Este libro me ha dejado confundida......es una sensación de ¿còmo diablos la autora pudo arruinar algo que iba tan bien?

La primera mitad no iba nada mal, todo fluía de acuerdo a la historia y no es que fuera lo mas brillante, pero vaya, iba logrando mantenerte interesado en que iba a pasar.....
Pero pasaron las paginas y todo empezó a dar giros y giros sobre lo mismo, hubo un momento en que realmente empece a confundirme bastante porque parecia que estaba leyendo dos libros distintas. Se supone q
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Dianne Landry
I read this, in english, for my book club and am not impressed. Two murders take place in the small town of Scarborough and through the entire book you are lead to believe are connected. Unfortunately, you never find out for sure (although I am pretty certain the first was a red herring), as the first murder is never solved.

There is also the matter of "the other child". Now I don't know about you but if I am talking to someone about shared events that occured in the past, I would not be writing
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Bayneeta
Listened in English to a translation of this German author; surprisingly, the location is England. No German plotlines; no German characters. Curious. The Englishness is only enhanced by Davina Porter's very English narration.
The historical plotline might have made a good stand alone work of fiction, while the contemporary plots might have made a decent mystery. For me the combination of the two didn't work.
Too much time spent on the development of an excessive number of excessively flawed char
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Debra Morris
May 19, 2013 Debra Morris rated it really liked it
A good suspenseful mystery. The backdrop was fascinating, describing the evacuation of children from London during WW II . I liked the way it traced the emotional cost of that evacuation.
Patricia
May 06, 2014 Patricia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is evidently the first of this very popular German author's work to be translated into English. The premise sounded good and the setting was England, not Germany, which also appealed to me. But I was very disappointed. I don't know if it was the translation that needed editing or the original text, but I found it overwritten and not as suspenseful as I thought it would be. I grasped who the perpetrator of the second crime was pretty quickly; the first crime was never satisfactorily resolved ...more
Ivana
Jan 24, 2016 Ivana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
Kniha zacala slubne, ale bohuzial cim dalej som ju citala, tym viac som uz len chcela aby skoncila a dozvedela som sa koniec. Nesedeli mi charaktery postav, ani pribeh. Pacil sa mi pribeh v pribehu, story z druhej svetovej a styl autorky je ok, ale touto knihou ma vobec nepresvedcila. Myslim ze od nej je to uz druha, co sa mi citala tazsie, takze asi mi nerezu jej myslienkove pochody, na ktorych zaklada svoje pribehy. Na druhej strane opisy prirody sa mi pacili velmi... ale kvoli nim knihu druhy ...more
buchergeblaetter
Ich habe bereits zwei Bücher von Charlotte Link gelesen und war von beiden sehr enttäuscht. Trotzdem habe ich mir in meinen Urlaub "das andere Kind" mitgenommen und es schließlich auch gelesen.
Das ganze Buch hindurch war ich eigentlich wirklich positiv überrascht!
Die Charaktere haben mir dieses Mal ausgesprochen gut gefallen und auch die verschiedenen Handlungsstränge erschienen mir nicht so unwichtig und langweilig wie in den anderen Büchern. Besonders die Geschichten aus dem 2. Weltkrieg, die
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Lis
Sep 21, 2014 Lis rated it it was ok
I read the poor reviews of this book (actually some good, some bad) and was initially pleasantly surprised at the nuanced nature of the story. As it went on, though, I found it rather overwrought, and ended up being glad when it was over. (I didn't abandon it though.)

I also found a lot of the dialogue uneven and unconvincing -- but that may have been due to the translator. (For example, one character uses grammatical, educated language at the beginning and reverts to awkwardly-spelled uneducate
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Alicia
Sep 02, 2012 Alicia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In dem nordenglischen Küstenstädtchen Scarborough wird eine junge Studentin scheinbar sinnlos erschlagen. Der Fall kann nicht aufgeklärt werden, und wie das so ist: Im Lauf der Tage und Wochen gerät er in Vergessenheit. Doch dann geschieht ein weiterer Mord: Nach einer Verlobungsfeier auf einer einsam gelegenen Farm, bei der es zu einem Streit gekommen war, bricht die achtzigjährige Fiona überhastet auf und wird auf dem Heimweg getötet – auf die gleiche Weise wie drei Monate zuvor die Studentin. ...more
Klara
May 24, 2013 Klara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Bis auf die letzten 100 Seiten hätte ich diesem Buch sogar noch 5 Sterne gegeben.
Was mich maßlos enttäuscht hat, war die Art und Weise wie die Autorin meint alles aufzulösen. Einige Kritiken vorher las ich "es sei ja so einfach den Mörder selbst herauszufinden". Dem kann ich nur halb zustimmen. Während des Lesens meint man den Mörder zu kennen, denkt sich aber "ach was, das wäre viel zu Simpel" Auf dem Buchrücken steht, wie ungeheuer spannend es doch ist wie die Autorin die vielen Handlungssträn
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Ingrid Fasquelle
Si comme moi, vous aimez les secrets de famille, les thrillers ou suspenses psychologiques et l'ambiance des romans d'Agatha Christie, sans nul doute, vous apprécierez ce roman de Charlotte Link ! J'ai lu beaucoup d'avis positifs, voire très positifs, sur ce roman de Charlotte Link et pour cause, l'intrigue policière est habilement conçue ! L'auteure, qui n'a décidément rien à envier à ses consoeurs britanniques, nous plonge au coeurs des secrets et non-dits de la Seconde Guerre mondiale grâce à ...more
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Charlotte Link (born 5 October 1963 in Frankfurt am Main) is a German writer. She is among the most successful contemporary authors writing in German.
Charlotte Link is the daughter of a well-known German writer and journalist, Almuth Link. She wrote her first work, Die schöne Helena when she was just 16 years old and published it at the age of 19.

She is known as much for novels about contem
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