She gave away her children. Now she wants them back.
Charlotte Morgan knows how it feels to desperately want a baby. As a child, seeing her mum devastated by losing her longed-for babies, Charlotte wished another woman could give her mother what she so craved.
Now Charlotte’s a mum herself, and knowing how much love her daughter, Alice, brings into her life, she vows to help others achieve their dreams of becoming a parent.
When she meets Malcolm and Brenda on a surrogacy website, it seems she’s found the perfect couple. In their late forties, they have wealth and an enviable life, but there’s one thing missing – a child of their own.
When Charlotte falls pregnant with twins, the pair are overjoyed. And while Charlotte’s heart breaks as she hands them over, her reward is knowing how much happiness the two tiny babies are going to bring into their life.
But are Malcolm and Brenda all they seem? As secrets become unravelled, Charlotte is forced to face that she has given her children to virtual strangers. And when Malcolm and Brenda disappear without a trace, Charlotte is plunged into a frantic search for the babies she carried – before it’s too late…
I read the synopsis for ‘Someone Else’s Baby’ and it certainly sounded like just the read for me. I absolutely love reading psychological thrillers that mess with your head a bit. I started reading straightaway and boy, it is one hell of a read. I absolutely loved it but more about that in a bit.
It took me a little while to warm to Charlotte as I was a bit unsure about her. I also felt a lot of sympathy for her. Charlotte is a young wife and mother. Her little family are living in cramped circumstances, as their accommodation is rather small. Charlotte looks into being a surrogate for a childless couple. This is when she comes across Malcolm and Brenda via a surrogacy website. They are older people, who desperately want a child. It doesn’t take long for Charlotte to agree to the surrogacy despite knowing next to nothing about them. Charlotte falls pregnant and this is when the problems really start. As the book continues, I could sense that Charlotte was going to find it increasingly difficult to give the children to Malcolm and Brenda. I had my doubts about Malcolm and Brenda from the start. There was just something not quite right about them and they set little alarm bells for me. Mind you I am usually suspicious of everyone and believe no one. Secrets start unravelling and Charlotte realises that she knows next to nothing about them. She starts panicking about her babies and worries about who Malcolm and Brenda really are. Things get even worse when Malcolm and Brenda disappear. Charlotte becomes determined to track down the babies and find out what, if anything, has happened to them. Will she find them before it’s too late? What is the truth regarding Malcolm and Brenda? Well for the answers to those questions and more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out as I am not going to tell you.
Oh my word, this is one exceptional debut novel that most certainly messed with my mind, as I kept chopping and changing my mind as to who to believe and whether or not I agreed with what the characters were doing. As soon as I began to read I was hooked on the story and the further into the book I got, the more desperate I became to find out what the truth was and to discover what happened to the babies. I couldn’t put the book down. It wasn’t glued to my hand but it travelled everywhere with me as I didn’t want to miss a single second of the story. It didn’t take me long to get through the book and all too soon I got to the end of the book, which I was so disappointed about. I wasn’t disappointed with how the story ended but I was enjoying the author’s writing style, the characters and the storylines so much that I just didn’t want the book to finish.
This book is one hell of a well written and thrilling read. Ruby certainly knows how to grab your attention from the start and much like a fisherman reeling in a catch, Ruby reels the reader in. She writes in such a way that she makes the reader feel as though they are part of the story too. Ruby has tackled a serious and often contentious subject of surrogacy in such a compassionate and sensitive manner. She really taps in to what it must feel like to be unable to have children naturally and what it must feel like to carry a child for 9 months and then have to hand it over to the childless couple/ individual. She does a very good job of it too. How do I know? I can’t comment on the surrogacy bit but somebody very close to me had problems in starting a family and I recognised some of the feelings that a person goes through when they are desperate to start a family but can’t. I used to work in Childrens Services and it used to upset me that parents who couldn’t look after their children, kept popping out babies and yet people who would make fantastic parents were unable to have even one child. Anyway enough of my soap box ramblings.
In short, ‘Someone Else’s Baby’ is one seriously fantastic debut novel. I would definitely recommend this book to other readers. I can’t wait to read what Ruby comes up with next. Here’s hoping that we don’t have too long to wait. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.