Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Secret Baby Room

Thank you for stopping by and reading my latest review.  It is another hot day in Florida with our afternoon shower passing through (just enough rain to get things a little wet).  I made a quick run to the store (my fan broke down last night).  Even with air conditioning, you need fans here in Florida (especially if you have hot flashes and night sweats).  I am reviewing The Secret Baby Room today.  It looked like such a good book.  Unfortunately, it was a disappointment (at least to me).  

The Secret Baby Room by D. D.Johnston is supposed to be a British psychological thriller.  I found it to be a very strange novel.  Claire and Dan Wilson have just moved into a new home in Manchester (not far from where Dan grew up).  Their home is in the shadow of an apartment building (they call it tower block) that is going to be demolished.   Claire lost a baby several months before moving and is still getting over the loss.  Claire’s new neighbors are very interesting.  Morgana Cox is married with two children.  She believes in many causes (some are a little nutty) and Morgana is a Wiccan.  Liana Shaw is her other neighbor and the party girl.  Liane likes to drink to excess, goes out clubbing, and bring home a boy toy.

One day Claire is looking at her window and sees a woman with blonde hair holding a baby in the apartment building (Sighthill Tower) that is going to be demolished.  Unfortunately, no one believes her.  Claire then starts thinking something has been happening to children in this neighborhood for many years if not decades (she hears the legend of the White Lady).  Claire thinks the local graffiti of a baby with a crucifix staked through its heart is some warning (instead of it just being a messed up teenage).  Claire’s husband, Dan is getting fed up with Claire and wants her to get help (Dan is not the most loving or caring husband).    When Claire hears a baby in the tower (apartment building), she calls the police again.  The local police (who would rather not take action on any crime because it results in paperwork) believe Claire to be a crazy woman.  Claire warns the company that is going to blow up the tower.  They do a thorough search and find no baby. 

Claire is determined to find out what is going on.  She interviews people in the local retirement home, takes off after a street person with an empty pram (baby stroller), and keeps sneaking into the tower.  Claire heard of a secret baby room in the tower and wants to find it.  She thinks it will hold clues.  Is someone out to get the children in the area?  Is there really a baby hiding in the tower?  If so, who does the baby belong to?

You will have to read The Secret Baby Room to find out.  The Secret Baby Room is a British novel that contains British slang and spelling (they do not hinder the reading of the book in any way).  I did not enjoy reading this novel.  It seemed more like a crazy woman grasping at straws than a thriller.  Overall, The Secret Baby Room was one strange novel.  I give The Secret Baby Room 1 out of 5 stars (I really disliked this novel).  I do not see how the graffiti, the White Lady, and the cemetery of little children all tied together nor why they were mentioned in the book (really did not relate to story in the end). The Secret Baby Room will be out on June 19, 2015. 

I received a complimentary copy of The Secret Baby Room from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  The review and opinions expressed are my own.

I am currently reading Wicked Charms by Janet Evanovich (it is wonderful).  What are you reading?  Have any good recommendations (I am always looking for new books)?  I hope everyone has a relaxing evening and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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