• No Child of Mine

  • By: Susan Lewis
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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No Child of Mine

By: Susan Lewis
Narrated by: Julia Franklin
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Publisher's Summary

Alex 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.

When the case of three-year-old Ottilie Wade comes to her attention, Alex finds herself completely unable to detach from the child the way she should. She feels an overpowering need to make a real difference in little Ottilie’s life, but no one is prepared to believe that Ottilie is in danger.

In the end, Alex makes a decision that has consequences for her, her family and Ottilie - consequences that no one, least of all Alex, could have foreseen.

©2012 Susan Lewis (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"With an unflinching gaze, based on her own traumatic experiences, she brings us life in all its raw intensity. The result of such honesty, insight and understanding is a string of gripping novels that bristle with drama, complexity and heart-rending reality." ( Lancashire Evening Post)
"A moving and powerful story...I couldn’t put it down!" ( Peterborough Telegraph, 9/10 stars)

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Couldn't stop reading!

This was my first novel by Susan Lewis, and I was not disappointed. I appreciated the author's writing style drawing parallels between past and present. Also, the narrator was perfect for this book.

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Loved it.

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 certain character who came to visit Alex. Sorry - but that is not a New Zealand accent!

But what of the content? Well it engaged me all the way through. Alex is a social worker, and a very good one. She cares about the children she works with. She puts in long hours and it is often heart breaking and difficult. She has to contend with situations where sometimes her life is at risk. She herself had a very distressing beginning to her young life and so knows first hand being left orphaned.

She has a few minor enemies, nothing outstanding, but enough to niggle and cause damage in small but significant ways. As well as working she is into drama and enjoys directing the local club. She is in a relationship with Jason as the book opens, but even as the book opens that looks a little shaky.

Alex trusts her instincts, and she follows up a phone call about Ottilie Wade and senses that all is not well with the child. The mother is very strange and the father is domineering and seemingly holding down a very respectable job as a deputy head at a local school. The more Alex knows of him the more she suspects. She soon is keeping a close eye on Ottilie, but things move slowly and social workers have to play by the book.

When one terrible night things go pear-shaped in a big way, the press go after Alex in a big way, blaming her for what has happened. As they do! They are out to sensationalise it all and Alex has to hide away at the rectory hoping it will quieten down soon. And she has put herself in a very compromising place. Go Alex!

I will certainly be listening to or reading the follow up book to this one, although with a little break in between!

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  • Saffy
  • 12-23-12

Gripping storytelling

I have never listened to or read Susan Lewis before this but was persuaded to download this audiobook after listening to a free chapter. I am so glad I did as it is definitely one of my most memorable listens of the year and probably my fastest listen. I was so involved in the story and so caught up in the lives of the characters that I really felt part of their lives and constantly wondered what I would do in their situation. Susan Lewis is a great storyteller and Julia Franklin the perfect narrator. If you like the story telling talents of Joanna Trollope or Penny Vincenzi (as I do) you will love this.

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  • Jan B.
  • 04-13-13

The Dark Side of Life

This book had me hooked from the start. It had lots of different themes running through it - Love, betrayal, loss and worse of all sexual abuse. The main character of the book was crying out to be loved all the way through which went hand in hand with her job as a children's social worker. The only part of the book that let it down was the ending and hence I felt unable to give it the 5 stars I would have expected from the rest of the book. The plan by Alex and her mother to take Ottilie, the victim of sexual abuse, out of the country seemed rather impossible to achieve in today's climate of airport security. I know the book is a work of fiction but the rest of the book had been very credible and this ending rather spoilt it,

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  • Stella
  • 08-20-12

No child of Mine

This was in many ways a very sad story, but it was extremely interesting and brilliantly narrated

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  • Hannah
  • 07-27-19

Decent listen

I enjoyed this book & it kept me largely gripped despite being a lengthy listen. I did find the ending a bit disappointing..the last 2hrs of the book got a bit far fetched & it ended up feeling too fantastical by the end. I would recommend it though as I still enjoyed it.

My only other criticism is of the narrator..she was actually very good but given the main character was late 20s, the narrator’s voice was much older & didn’t fit which I found got on my nerves a bit although it didn’t ruin it or anything

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  • Judith Lennon
  • 02-09-18

wonderful book

its been a long time since a book has been so compelling for me. very powerful, beautifully written and a great narrator. very realastic .

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  • Rosie
  • 07-07-13

Awesome

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I can't recommend this book enough the characters were very real and complex it drew you in completely .

What did you like best about this story?

The subject matter and the narrator

Have you listened to any of Julia Franklin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was a complete roller coaster of emotion I cried at the end

Any additional comments?

I want to listen to more Susan Lewis now

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  • Anna
  • 06-30-13

A really good listen

A really good listen although nature of the subject of abuse can make it hard to listen to. As ever with Susan Lewis the story flows well and the book seems to be over too quickly.

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  • chedlgk
  • 11-04-21

Loved it!

I loved the book and have read the whole series several times. It is such a hard story to read/listen too, but I have taken the characters to my heart. Susan Lewis is such an amazing author.
I really enjoyed listening to the audio book and will probably listen to it several times too!
I only gave it 4 stars for performance because some of the accents were a bit off putting to start with, but I soon got used to them.

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  • ducky
  • 08-07-20

Brilliant till the last part.

Was enjoying the brilliant story, but towards the end it descended into farce! Very disappointing.
Storyteller was stretching it with the accents too!

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  • Jackie
  • 04-11-20

Great read

brilliant story. lots of twist and turns. not as straight forward as first expect. loved it.

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  • Clare Cotton
  • 11-10-16

A confronting story

The bottom line is that this could be a true story. A chilling hought. It was completely ruined for me by the narrator's often harsh and abrasive voice. Either give me a person who reads well or if you want a dramatic effect a series of appropriate voices for the multiple characters. Ms Franklin was a poor choice making too much effort to dramatise the narrative. The male voices were strained. This is the first time for me that an audible book has failed to deliver.