If you’re like me, you’ll remember Tina Baker for her regular slots on TV. One of those women you automatically like, as they come across as approachable and genuine. So when I saw on Twitter that she had written a book, I was interested to read it. And wow! What a book it is!
Without giving too much away, the story is mainly seen from the viewpoints of two women – Kim and a woman we only know as Mummy. Kim is one of those women we’ve all turned our noses up in the past – the sort that swears in front of her children and smokes even when pregnant. So when one of her children is abducted, the newspapers are full of ‘SCUMMY MUMMY’ headlines and the reader is there, nodding in agreement.
So ‘Mummy’ steals the young girl. She appears to be rescuing the fine-year-old from a home that looks to be poor, rough and probably abusive. Mummy has a lovely house, she’s well-spoken, bothered about tidiness, hygiene and good nutrition. She hasn’t been able to have any children of her own and wants to be the perfect mummy to this little girl.
But over the book, things change, more is revealed about both women and you will find your feelings altering too as you read more.
It is really an incredible book. I wanted to finish it as soon as possible, because I was desperate to know what happened, yet I also didn’t want it to end, because it’s so intense, absorbing and well – bloody brilliant! I had several late nights devouring it until my eyes were blurring too much to see the words, but it is truly a page turner.
It’s hard to write a unique book these days, but Tina Baker has done that. I’ve never read a book like this and it will stay with me for a long time. I am thrilled her second novel is coming out in 2022 and I’ll be pre-ordering that!
I gave this book a very rare 10 out of 10, I can’t fault it.