Give Me The Child by Mel McGrath~ Mini Review


About the book:

An unexpected visitor.

Dr Cat Lupo aches for another child, despite the psychosis which marked her first pregnancy. So when Ruby Winter, a small girl in need of help, arrives in the middle of the night, it seems like fate.

A devastating secret.

But as the events behind Ruby’s arrival emerge – her mother’s death, her connection to Cat – Cat questions whether her decision to help Ruby has put her own daughter at risk.

Do we get the children we deserve?

Cat’s research tells her there’s no such thing as evil. Her history tells her she’s paranoid. But her instincts tell her different. And as the police fight to control a sudden spate of riots raging across the capital, Cat faces a race against time of her own…

Published by HQ in July 2017, Click HERE to get your copy!

About the author:

Melanie McGrath is an Essex girl, cofounder of Killer Women, and an award-winning writer of fiction and nonfiction. As MJ McGrath she writes the acclaimed Edie Kiglatuk series of Arctic mysteries, White Heat, The Boy in the Snow and The Boneseeker, twice longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger and picked as Times and Financial Times thrillers of the year. As Melanie McGrath she wrote the critically acclaimed and bestselling family memoir Silvertown. As Mel McGrath she is the author of the psychological thriller Give Me The Child.

She has been a documentary TV producer for Channel Four and presenter of Trailblazers for The Discovery Channe. She has written for The Guardian, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, The Observer, The Mail on Sunday and The Wall Street Journal and has taught creative writing at Arvon and at UEA, Roehampton, City Universities in the UK and the University of North Carolina. She won the John Llewellyn-Rhys-Mail on Sunday award for Best British writer under 35 for her first book, Motel Nirvana.

She is a regular visitor to prisons and has run a reading and writing group for women over 45 in HMP Holloway.

The New York Times called her ‘wickedly talented.’

Melanie is an experienced journalist, broadcaster, teacher, event organizer

My thoughts:

I devoured this book when I read it. There was something very compulsive about Give Me The Child, almost like you know something bad is about to happen but you cant look away. That’s how I felt when I was reading it anyway!

Is it just me, or are kids possibly one of the creepiest plot devices in books lately?! I don’t know about you guys, but the mere mention of a quiet or distant child in a book sets of all of the warning bells in my head and I want to put the book in the freezer. I have two of my own, so it freaks me out to read about children in books these days.

Anyway, I digress. Give Me The Child is an interesting take on the psych thriller genre. The main character,  Cat, is a child psychologist researching psychopathic indicators (!!!!) in young vulnerable children, which in itself is tough enough. Add to that the arrival of Ruby Winter, tension at home and you’ve got more than enough to keep the reader interested to see where the story will go.

Highly recommended!


5 thoughts on “Give Me The Child by Mel McGrath~ Mini Review

  1. Great review. This sounds really intense. I agree that children are becoming more common in psychological thrillers etc and its rather unsettling. I have two young boys so books that include or are centred around evil/endangered children are swiftly put to one side atm.

  2. Wow this book sounds pretty intense. And yes! Using kids is really creepy! But I totally get what you mean about not being able to look away. I love when I get that feeling from books! That’s how I know it’s a great story!

  3. Great review! Completely agree with you on the kids in psyological thrillers, seems to be a real influx of it & I struggle with those so much. Still think of myself as a new mum so find they can be hard reading & I do channel my inner Joey often!

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