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No Child of Mine

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,308 Ratings  ·  211 Reviews
From internationally bestselling British author Susan Lewis comes an unflinching, thoroughly suspenseful novel—perfect for readers of Jodi Picoult—about the darkest secrets a family can hide.

Alex Lake’s life is centered on helping people. Her job as a social worker in a British seaside town is more than a career: It’s the very essence of who she is. And though there are
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Paperback, 560 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Ballantine Books (first published July 5th 2012)
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Jen
Mar 11, 2013 Jen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
No Child of Mine is from Net Galley, Random House-Ballantine. Release date for this republication is May 13, 2013, but you can also get the original 2012 publication.

Alex Wade is a social worker and dedicated to her job. When she first sees little Ottilie Wade, she immediately register both concern for the child and a strange attraction.

While you definitely want to know the story behind Ottilie, there are sections that are difficult to read as any kind of child abuse always is. The attraction of
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Wall-to-wall books - wendy
Jun 09, 2014 Wall-to-wall books - wendy rated it really liked it
The last half was well worth the slow beginning. To think I almost quite reading this after page 50. I am so glad I didn't give up! This book was amazing, but very difficult to read at times. Just so I can get the complaining out of the way - this book is waaaaay too long. At over 500 pages I really felt like a lot of it could have been cut and it would have been much easier to read and quicker to get into. Longer is not always better.
OK that being out of the way -

The last half of this book was
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Kat
Aug 09, 2012 Kat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Susan Lewis is a new author to me and this is the first book I've read by her but it certainly won't be my last. This is a difficult read dealing with hard hitting subjects such as death of a child. Susan writes each subject very well. I loved Alex as a character, she was a brilliant social worker and friend and sister.

I didn't like Brian throughout the whole book for the way he acted towards Alex amongst other things which I can't reveal without spoiling the story. I found Alex's sister Gabby
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Halena Frick
Aug 18, 2012 Halena Frick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hated it. This book is pointless. Yes it flowed and was easy to read all the teasers of the book were unfulfilled and the subject matter horrific. I have no idea why a book like this needs to be written. boo boo boo yucky book!!!
Lynne
Mar 08, 2013 Lynne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The author's handling of the character Erica is appaling. The words 'basket case' and 'nut job' are used in relation to people with mental health problems.

Its is also wrong on many social work fronts, for example the author seems not to be aware that the police have a specialist child protection units based in many big towns with nationwide coverage. These people are specialist trained to interview children of all ages in similar circumstances to that in the book along with social workers, beca
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Katy
Sep 19, 2012 Katy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book really frustrating, especially since it was Susan Lewis and I expected something a bit more smoother. At first I loved how precise it was, how everything related to real life processes and procedure for a social worker. It was obviously carefully researched or the author had experience, to know how things run and work. Which is why it was so incredibly frustrating when the ending flopped and turned out like it did. As the book progressed, the feasibility lessened, the nods to c ...more
Christy
This book was interesting at the start, but lost the plot towards the end.

SPOILER
I was not happy with the ending as I believed that Ottilie deserved professional help for all that she'd been through, and for Alex to take her away like that was not the answer, no matter how much she wanted to come to her aid.

I wrote an email to the author to express my views, and she flatly replied that there will be a sequel.
Anastassia
I just finished reading this book, which was a good page-turner and interesting as to how social services are working in England, but the end was SO VERY disappointing, lacking in moral and common sense and surreal that it completely ruined the whole novel for me. No spoilers, but taking out 3 stars only because of the crazy inappropriate ending.
Kathryn
4.5 stars. Oh my! What a novel! This is the first time I have read Susan Lewis, so I wasn't so sure whether I would like it. However one very telling review on Goodreads from a reader I really respect - Laurel-Rain, had given it 5 stars so that was a good start!

It's a long book, so it took me a few weeks to listen to it. It is set in a small town in England. The narration was excellent and held my attention all the way through. The only very picky thing I have to comment on was the accent of a c
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Lorrie
Mar 30, 2013 Lorrie rated it really liked it
I received this book free as a first-reads in a GR giveaway.

From the very first page I was hooked in this psychological thriller. Unfortunately the thrill was the overlapping story of Anna and her daughter, Alex, with Ottilie. The story of Ottilie was heartwrenching as any child abuse story might be about a 3 year old little girl. At times it was difficult to read about.

Alex was a child placement social worker in England. She was good at her job, very good at her job. She went out on a limb, t
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Nancy Baker
Jan 16, 2015 Nancy Baker rated it liked it
Alexandria spends her waking hours trying to make a difference in the lives of children. Being a social worker unfortunately exposes her to a variety of home environments, with most being less than desirable. An adoptee herself, she understands how a child can feel that they don't fit in, what it can be like to not know unconditional love. One three year old girl, Ottille, touches Alexandria's heart so deeply that she involves herself in the girl's case more than she should. In the midst of her ...more
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Alex Lakes life is centered on helping people. Her job as a social worker in a British seaside town is more than a career: Its the very essence of who she is. And though there are frustrations, Alex takes to heart the rewards of placing a child in a safe and loving home. But when she encounters three-year-old Ottilie Wade, Alex is completely unprepared for the effect the sweet, shy little girl has on her. Though on the surface Ottilie seems to want for nothingshes perfectly healthy and
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Amanda
Aug 05, 2014 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: drama
I enjoyed this book much more than the other Susan Lewis novel that I read. The writing wasn't so descriptive, and the story was well told. The characters were very believable, and I was able to really connect with the main character, Alex Lake, and understand her side of the story. The material in the novel was a lot more tragic than I was expecting. There were situations involving child abuse that I was not prepared to read about. It's really apparent to me that now that I'm a mommy, things li ...more
Hilary
Dec 16, 2014 Hilary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
In the end, I loved this, which says a lot, because I hated it most of the time I was reading it. This book is about social workers and their role at protecting children. I rated it 5 stars because it has been a very long time since I've read a book that really engrossed me, moved me, and ate at my soul like this one did. I just had to keep reading to find out what happened next.

No Child of Mine started off very slow. In hindsight, I think the author was trying to layout the role of a social wo
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Sarah Sutcliffe
I found the book very slow to get going and not very interesting. But disappointing and as it was my first Susan Lewis book it doesn't make me want to read anyothers
Chloe
Apr 03, 2014 Chloe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written, intriguing story. It was a change to read this type of story (Child Services/Social work/foster care) from the view of the Social Worker. Often it's from the point of the child in need, but this follows Alex, a social worker with a big heart, not wanting any child to suffer. It reveals how often their hands can be tied up in red tape, their hearts torn because they want to do what's right and best for the child, but sometimes, they can't.

Oh, and I can't get past that TWIST! I had t
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Carmen
Aug 03, 2014 Carmen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Goodreads win from like a year ago...this was before the novel was published so this is really a review of a pre-sale book.

Surprised by the topic of the story Susan Lewis created yet true in this sickening world. This story was filled with so much details and pulls you into the story. Amazed at how well written this novel was. Some readers might find this novel hard to digest since it is very sickening to read on on some parts. However, since this book portrays a reality we all do not want to be
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Ruth Ho
Mar 07, 2014 Ruth Ho rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A 4.8 for this? When I first read the tile and blurb of this book, my first thought... "Oh damn, here comes another sad story." And boy was I right.

But let me tell you, it isn't the ending that's sad. Nor was it sad that I finished this book. It was the process of this whole story that was downright heartbreaking. I have never been so glad about coming to an end of a book, in a good way. I'm not sad because I finished it. On the contrary, I felt that the ending was so perfect, that no other endi
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Patty
May 21, 2013 Patty rated it it was amazing
No Child Of Mine
By
Susan Lewis

My "in a nutshell" summary...

Alex is a social worker and sees a child...a quiet little girl...that she can not forget....that she does not forget...that she is incapable of forgetting.

My thoughts after reading this book...

Oh how I love novels with tons of amazingly mysterious circumstances within them. This novel begins in just that way. At first Alex's life seems deceptively uncomplicated...but that begins to not be the case as the pieces of her life are made clear.
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PacaLipstick Gramma
Apr 02, 2013 PacaLipstick Gramma rated it it was amazing
Shelves: goodreads-win
I received this book from a Goodreads Giveaway.

I very much enjoyed this book. The child abuse was difficult to read about, but in a very real world, it does happen. I thought the author did an excellent job explaining it without going into graphic detail.

Working as a social worker with children who are neglected or abused can be overwhelming, and I thought the author created Alex, the main character, as someone who was totally believable in that she did have a life outside of her job. There had
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Rainy Day Reading
lex Lake’s day job is all about helping people, especially children. She cares about them passionately and does everything in her power to rescue them from those who mean them harm. It’s as frustrating a career as it can be rewarding, though all too often she is left wondering if she has done enough. When the case of three-year-old Ottilie Wade comes to her attention everything changes. She finds herself completely unable to detach from the child the way she should, and feels an overpowering ne ...more
Diana Maynard
May 21, 2013 Diana Maynard rated it liked it
I can't decide if I like this book or not, because on the one hand I couldn't put it down, but on the other hand it was desperately harrowing. Actually one of the reasons I couldn't put it down was because I desperately wanted something to happen in the book that would offer a glimmer of hope for humanity. I'd really have preferred slightly less graphic detail on the parts that dealt with child sexual abuse. An Amazon review said "This was awful - I'm a pensioner and I had to throw it in the bin ...more
Soobee72
Sep 28, 2013 Soobee72 rated it liked it
I received an ARC from Random House. Yay for free books!

Triggers: drug abuse; child and domestic abuse in all its terribleness.

Alex is a social worker. Her office is overworked, and she often gets the crap assignments because she can't say no. This sometimes places her in dangerous situations, but she's truly committed to her work.

So when an anonymous tip leads her to 3-year-old Ottilie, she goes out on the home visit. Ottilie seems okay, except that she doesn't talk. Her father explains that
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Chris Barlow
Apr 04, 2014 Chris Barlow rated it it was amazing
One of the most difficult books I've ever read. Susan Lewis certainly doesn't try to protect the reader by shying away from the truth. It's a heartbreaking story, the type we all know goes on but we ignore it because it's too terrible to think about. This book really shows just what social workers are up against. My instincts were screaming "just take her away from them!" But obviously it's never as straightforward as that.
I'm looking forward to reading the sequel because I want to see Alex and
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Danielle
Aug 04, 2015 Danielle rated it it was amazing
A fantastic read. Very traumatic at times but unfortunately a reality of the world we live in. It gives an insight to the amazing job some individuals do and how their own lives are affected. Superbly written and couldn't put this book down. Highly recommended.
Gillian
Mar 27, 2014 Gillian rated it it was amazing
WOW this has to bed the best book I have read in a while. I was taken in straight away by the characters and Alex was just great. I was shocked by the storyline and how realistic it was very creating terrifying images. I definitely lost sleep over this book as it was so good and I needed to finish it. The story of a adopted social worker and some of the awful things she has to see, how she copes with them personally and professionally. I really liked the very accurate portrail of the press towar ...more
Janet Scott
Dec 12, 2014 Janet Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put it down

You must read this book. Alex is caseworker with child services who sees the horrible things done to children every day and does all in her power to help them. One child is brought to her attention and she begins an investigation into that family. Alex breaks all the rules by becoming attached to the little girl and when the truth comes out of what was going on in that house Alex makes a decision that will change her life forever. This was an absolutely MUST READ book. Be pre
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Michael
This is my first Susan Lewis so I have no idea what her style is like but this book has a LOT of dialogue - it's like a telemovie transcripted into a book.
I do feel a little weary of the 'us vs. them' mentality exhibited by the social worker Alex, almost bordering on self-righteousness at all cost.
I assume the market Susan writes for taps into the fears of middle-class British families and for mothers so I can understand the tone adopted for the book.
All the same, my ratings might be affected i
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Hollie
Feb 06, 2014 Hollie rated it it was amazing
This book for me was a hidden gem as i stumbled across it by accident - well i spotted it in a supermarket and bought it on a whim - but it was one of the best supermarket buys i've made. Had me hooked from start to finish. I really felt like i got to know the characters, i could emphasise with them and found it very hard to put this book down at all.
Fantastically written and one i shall mo doubt re-read in the future.
Susan Lewis is now on my list of favourite authors and i have recommended thi
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Rivka
May 13, 2014 Rivka rated it did not like it
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was born in 1956, in Bristol. My father was a Welsh miner, a poet, an engineer and a thinker. My mother was one of 13 children who, at 20, persuaded my father to spend his bonus on an engagement ring instead of a motorbike. We were a normal, happy, nuclear family, living in a spanking new council house on the outskirts of town – my mother’s pride and joy. But we were going to do better, my mother ...more
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