This book is absolutely awful. The plot is too far-fetched and unbelievable. The writing style is extremely immature. It reminded me of the fan fictio...moreThis book is absolutely awful. The plot is too far-fetched and unbelievable. The writing style is extremely immature. It reminded me of the fan fiction twelve year olds write. The characters were poorly developed, one-dimensional, clichéd and did not behave in a realistic manner. Anna's holier-than-thou attitude was truly repulsive. The conversations between the characters did not seem real. The dialogue between the characters was forced and awkward throughout the entire book. The teenage characters sounded like 60 year olds at times. The supposedly "funny" scenes in this book didn't raise much of a smile from me.
In fact, I found this novel to be completely and utterly offensive. In this book the author has made the assumption that if you grow up in an underprivileged area you are automatically exposed to drugs, alcohol, abuse, poverty, neglect and violence and you will become a "bad parent" when you have children and live off "welfare". This is simply just not true!! And that is coming from someone who grew up in an underprivileged area in Dublin like the one the author describes in the book. I thought it was extremely unrealistic to have every child in a class of 30 suffer such abuse. That is simply unbelievable. One or two children would have been believable -- not every single child from a poor area! The author seems to think that "language delays, stuttering, inability to engage with other children and classwork, hyperactivity, disruptive behaviour and inability to concentrate" are signs that a child is being neglected and abused. They are not! These are signs of conditions like autism and ADHD! Conditions children from ANY background can have. I showed this novel to my sister who is actually a teacher in an "underprivileged area" and she was horrified by the crap the author was harping on about and agreed the classroom scenes were completely unrealistic, insulting and nasty.
The abduction plot was too unbelievable. It's not possible that a child would be abducted off a ferry like that, especially one travelling from one country to another where you'd need identification to allow you to pass immigration checks, etc. Plus there would be security cameras everywhere on the boat. Anna would not have gotten off the boat with that child! It would never happen in a million years! It annoyed me that Anna never took responsibility for her actions and I hated the ending of the novel. The so called "happy" ending was ludicrous and ridiculous! I don't have anything positive to say about this book. It is one of the worst books I have ever read in my entire life!
Novels tend to give you an insight into the author's mind and tell you something about the person writing the book. This book told me the author was a complete snob, and a very ignorant and judgmental person. I won't be reading another novel by this author.
This is definitely one of those la-la-land books. I don't believe anyone would actually enjoy this book. Avoid at all costs. One Star!(less)
After reading some great reviews of the series, I decided to give this series a try and picked up Little Face, the first book in the series....more2.5 Stars
After reading some great reviews of the series, I decided to give this series a try and picked up Little Face, the first book in the series. This book was a bit of a let down. After reading the synopsis on the back of this book, I was looking forward to a good read and the mystery it was going to tell. What a disappointment!
The book was just merely okay, but I had a lot of issues with this book. First off, it left lots of unanswered questions. What was up with Alice's husband's abusive behaviour? I didn't like either of the two detectives, Simon & Charlie and found their backstory to be unnecessary and distracting. I found the switching narrative and dates extremely confusing: alternate chapters are set in different months. It starts off in September, the next chapter is in October and then the third chapter switches back to September, etc. The plot of the murder mystery was too predictable. I figured that out more or less after the first few chapters.
The ending was disapointing as well. There was no surprising twist, just an anti-climax. I was expecting something far more exciting and gripping. I'm not sure whether I should give this series another chance or not. (less)