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Lullaby by [Seeber, Claire]
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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

British journalist Seeber begins her debut, an overlong thriller, with a reasonable scenario—an abducted baby, a distraught mother, and a husband under a slight cloud of suspicion. Add a sexy French nanny, a beautiful but cold ex-wife, a kid brother with a serious drug problem, and you've got a raft of possible kidnappers. As the plot develops, every possible suspect has a moment in the spotlight, if without much increase in suspense. Throughout the investigation, a policewoman known only as Deb watches over the mother, Jessica Finnegan, day and night. Some readers may find it hard to believe that the London police would assign one of its members to be a full-time bodyguard, who, presumably at taxpayer's expense, makes Jessica tea and runs errands with her as well. On the other hand, smooth prose, well-rendered London settings, and a satisfying resolution will leave many eager to see more from Seeber. (Jan.)
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From Booklist

A family outing to a museum takes a horrific turn when Jess Finnegan’s husband and her eight-month-old son disappear. The husband turns up eventually, beaten into unconsciousness by unknown assailants, but there is no sign of their little boy. As the police try to find out what happened to her baby, Jess begins to realize that the key to the mystery might lie a lot closer to home than she realized. Fans of family-based psychological thrillers—those written by, say, Linwood Barclay or Lisa Gardner—will find this debut thriller very much to their liking. The story is complex enough to keep us guessing but not so complex that it gives us a headache, and the conclusion is both surprising and completely plausible. The author’s straightforward, unadorned prose perfectly matches the tone of the piece. A fine first novel. --David Pitt

Product Details

  • File Size: 810 KB
  • Print Length: 459 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1847560350
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1 edition (July 14, 2010)
  • Publication Date: July 20, 2010
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003V4B4XO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,093 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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To think that I almost didn't read this book when I saw that it only received a little more than 2 stars! When I actually read the bad reviews, I discovered that one was due to pricing and the others felt there was too much British terminology. I admit it was somewhat noticeable at first but once things got going, I hardly noticed it.

Jess, our protagonist, seemed a little bit abrasive but she grew on me and I came to admire the way she became quite a force to be reckoned with. Her love for Louis knew no bounds and she became unstoppable.

Once I really got going, I could hardly stand to put the book down. Please don't let the negative reviews and small number of stars stop you from buying this book. I almost did, and I'm so glad that I didn't.

This book is highly recommended!
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This book had me hooked for the first 50 or so pages....after that anyone can figure out the twist. The characters were not well developed, and I've never heard of a character to be asleep so much in a book while containing vital information. I finished the book just to be sure I was right about who took the kid, and then was only left wondering...wouldn't it have made more sense to....well I won't spoil it but you will probably ask yourself the as!e question after you finish reading it.
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Format: Paperback
I lucked onto a copy of Claire Seeber's "Lullaby" in the tourist area (used bookstore) of Orlando. I figured someone brought it over on the plane and traded it in as it was only listed available in the UK. Serendipity! Jessica is the happy mother of 4 month old Louis, with a distant husband/father. They go for an outing, where the husband takes the baby in his pushcart and they disappear. What follows is the heart pounding story of Jess working with (sometimes at odds) the local constables. Seeber describes the actions and thoughts of the distraught mother as she struggles to find her child and maintain her "good manners" at the same time. The husband turns up beaten with memory problems in the hospital and cannot aid in the search. Throw in members of a dysfunctional family and an attractive Detective Inspector named Silver and you can see these characters evolve. There is also the Norwegian au pair who behaves like a slut and with the baby missing has no duties to occupy her. Take my word. If you can find this book, you will thoroughly enjoy it. Seeber currently has another book in the works and I'll be searching for it next year. She's great!!
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Format: Hardcover
Claire Seeber's debut (released previously in the UK) is a great page turning suspense read. A true one-sitting read!

One minute Jess was enjoying a day at a gallery with her husband and son, the next minute they'd disappeared. At first she believes that they may have returned home without her, but that's not the case. Frantic, Jess calls everyone she can think of, but no one has seen them. Finally, the police report that they've found her husband -- beaten in an alley. Their son is still missing. As Jess fights to discover what's happened to her son, she finds that everyone around her seems to be telling lies and hiding secrets. But who would have taken her son and will she find him before it's too late?

On par with some of the best of the genre: Ruth Rendell and Minette Walters.
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Wild. Wish there would have been an epilogue with Jessica and DCI. Very interesting. Couldn't put it Down. Good read.
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