The Night Child, A Novel, Anna Quinn

The Night Child, A Novel, Anna Quinn

The Night Child: A Novel by [Quinn, Anna]

Genre: Literary Fiction, Women’s Fiction.

What an extraordinary read this proved to be. I really wasn’t sure what to expect but just went along with the story as it unfolded.

I felt so sorry for Nora, she thinks she’s like most of us, home and family, job she enjoys and life is good. Until it isn’t. It turns out her past is connected to her present, and to her future.

Everything is normal until she she’s the face of a child, one who seems to know here. Nora doesn’t know what to think, probably passes it off as stress, tiredness, all the usual excuses we make when something out of the ordinary happens. We’re geared up to Normal, conditioned to think that way and its incredible how contorted our minds can get to keep that, what lies we tell ourselves.

As the story moves on Nora has consulted specialists, to check her health, physically at first and then she meets with David, psychiatrist, who in his quiet way lets her inner thoughts have free rein.

Its heartbreaking the way the story unfolds, and for that little child I could have cried. sadly its something that happens too often and as individuals we all have ways of dealing, some work permanently, some just for a time.

Sadly for Nora the more that gets revealed the deeper her issues are seen to be. I loved the support she got from John, her teacher friend but she ought to have got that from husband Paul, but sadly he was already making his own way and this doesn’t help her. I hated him, hated him. He could have put his own feelings aside, just for a while, supported the woman he married for love, tried to at least keep things together for their daughter Fiona. she’s only 6 and it must have been traumatising for her having mummy away and daddy…well, lets say daddy wasn’t the responsible parent he could have been, involving her in his other life. a rsehole!

I’ve no patience with people like him, sort out your marriage, end it if need be, before moving on.

Nora has such a struggle, she can’t believe herself, so how can she expect others to believe her, and the more we learn the stronger that little child seems, to have overcome such trauma and yet let Nora grow up into a person that fits in with the rest of society, has a family, a job she is well respected in, looked up to. I was so glad she found David.

Then the cracks start, the crumples and rifts deepen and I was wondering – how could/would it all end?

And on that note, the ending…well, its one of those arty, popular, ambiguous endings, where we’re led to really put our own inferences on what happens next, and that’s what kept this off five star for me.

It works well for others, but for me I want my endings written, I need to know what the author thought would happen, not put my own ideas there. I’m a reader not a writer so though I could mentally imagine what *might* happen next, I really want it laid out there in front of me.

Excellently written and paced story, that kept me reading til the end. I just wish that end had been more concrete, more solid.

Stars: four, a great debut read

ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers

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I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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