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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Mother Island by Bethan Roberts

Mother IslandMother Island by Bethan Roberts
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My thanks go to Random House UK, Vintage Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book via Net Galley.

I have heard of Bethan Roberts as an author, but never picked up one of her books before. After reading this, things are going to change, I need to read more from this author.

This was an excellent read.

I have to say, this book got me a little bit confused at the beginning until I realized not only did the book not have chapters, it was flashbacks from when Maggie and Nula were teenagers.

Maggie came to work for Nula as a child minder/nanny as Nula worked full time and so too her husband. Things couldn't have been more perfect right? with having a qualified person to look after your child. Wrong!

One day, Maggie takes off with just a holdall and the child.

That is when the flashbacks come into place, but they soon all tie up, you get to realize things within these flashbacks as to things were not perfect.

It was an excellent read which kept my attention throughout and needing more as I read. I couldn't read this fast enough.

Brilliant read, brilliant thriller. Love it

A taught, powerful novel about a nanny who abducts the young child she looks after. 
     One warm June morning, Maggie Wichelo, a lonely young woman, arrives at the comfortable Oxford house in which she works as a nanny. Everything appears normal. Her glamorous employer, Nula, who also happens to be her cousin, is so tired that she goes back straight back to bed. Samuel, the two year old boy she looks after, is pleased to see Maggie and can'’t wait to start crashing his diggers into the skirting board. Dedicated, efficient, and fiercely protective of Samuel, Maggie considers herself an excellent nanny, and Nula and her over-confident husband Greg have had few complaints about her work.
     But this is the morning on which Maggie will abduct Samuel, loading him into a hired car, and driving him to a remote boathouse on the island where she spent her teenage years: Anglesey, known to the locals as Môn, Mam Cymru, or the Mother of Wales.
     For Maggie, everything goes back to the island. This is the beautiful, menacing and mysterious place where she spent the summer, aged fifteen, watching her brother Joe fall in love, her parent's’ relationship disintegrate, and her uncle Ralph paint the glorious Menai Strait. The island is where Maggie'’s life fell apart, and it is where she will attempt, in her own way, to put it back together again….
     Mother Island is a tense and disturbing novel about love, loss and what it means to be a mother.

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