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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
Paperback, 410 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Orion (first published 2009)
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Mark Flowers
(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
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
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
Melinda (The Book Musings)
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
Compelling, disquieting, but unputdownable

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…


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
Lizzie Hayes
‘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
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
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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 was inevitable, the act was obvious from the start, the author planted that seed clearly in our minds. Yes t
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
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
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
P.d.r. Lindsay
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.
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
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
Debra Morris
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
A story of the long-reaching ramifications of youthful mistakes and self-involvement set in the 1940s during the WWII child evacuations and in the present day. Two main characters meet and fall in love then, and their children struggle with the fallout, resulting in murder and tragedy. A prologue set in the 1970s is another thread that is dangled and finally resolved in the last 50 pages, long after the reader has totally forgotten it.

I usually LOVE these dual plot-line mystery tales, and this
Gwen ist der Prototyp einer alten Jungfer, die nur für ihren ignoranten Vater lebt, auf einer verlassenen Farm in Scarborough. Doch endlich begegnet sie einem Mann, der sie der Tristess entreißt und ein Ausweg aus dem unbefriedigendem Leben verspricht. Doch Fiona, die Freundin ihres Vaters aus Kindertagen vergiftet ihr Glück, in dem sie am Abend der Verlobung den Bräutigam bloßstellt und ihn als Erbschleicher bezeichnet. Kurz darauf wird die alte Dame erschlagen aufgefunden und der Mord wird in ...more
"Crime creeps through the streets of Scarborough"

Wander past the North Bay, down Prince of Wales Terrace, Huntriss Row and find yourself at the Crowne Spa Hotel. All of these real locations appear in Charlotte Link's book, The Other Child. It is steeped in the feel of the city. How about this wonderful description of the town: ..."two large semi-circular bays divided by a spit of land, as well as its old harbour, the fine houses up on South Cliff, and all the old-fashioned hotels whose façades h
Within her native Germany Charlotte Link has built a strong reputation as a writer of psychological crime fiction. A concerted effort to break into the English-speaking market got underway in 2012 with the translation of The Other Child, a novel in which the errors of one generation have repercussions that reverberate through later generations.

The setting is the remote, dilapidated Beckett's farm outside the seaside town of Scarborough in Yorkshire. It's inhabited by the lonely, spinsterish Gwen
The story has a diverse group of characters and a dual story line. One story has to do with Gwen, a spinster, who lives an isolated existence and now has met a young man, who for some unfathomable reason has asked her to marry him. The second story has to do with a horrific event which occurred during the war.

The two stories are intermingled and you are led to believe that one is related to the other.

My main issue with the book is that the second story is told through emailed documents – between
The Other Child is a thriller and a detective novel. Several murders take place and Detective Valerie Almond is put on the case to find out what happened. But this is more than just a detective novel. This also tells the story of family and friends and how secrets can cause misfortune in other people’s lives or cause events to happen which can change they way a person may view people they have know for a very long time.

While the murders take place currently day there is a secret which two people
irgendwie bin ich mit der handlung und den charakteren von anfang an nicht wirklich warm geworden. die ersten 70-100 seiten hatte ich noch hoffnung, nach der haelfte des buches habe ich aufgegeben, und nur noch den teil gelesen, der in der vergangenheit spielt.
dies ist glaube ich seit ueber 15 jahren, das erste und einzige buch, welches ich nicht zu ende gelesen habe. langweilig!
Pmalcpoet Pat Malcolm
A gripping story, expertly woven to the surprising climax. A real whodunit, with a psychological twist, as it explores the vulnerabilities of all the characters, not just the main protagonist or the eventual guilty party. I'd like to know more about this author, as the book centers around the British child transports during the Blitz in WWII, while it's translated from the German. I'd definitely read this author again!
I enjoyed this book very much. The mystery was great, the writing was taut, and the story suspenseful. The one criticism I had was that I disliked each and every character. I don't see the point in having characters that are so cold and broken that the reader cannot connect with them.

By the way, I read the English version. Why does Goodreads only have the German listing?

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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.

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