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Second Child, The

Bond, Caroline

  21 Reviews

For the Rudak household - parents Sarah and Phil and children James and Lauren - a diagnosis that Lauren will be severely disabled is life-changing enough, but over the years, they adjust and manage. That is, until another discovery, so innocently revealed by a blood test, rocks the very foundation of their family.

With its impossible choices and disquieting revelations, this gripping drama sensitively explores the complex bonds that create and sustain a family.

Pages
313
Year
2018

Reviews

FEILD 005
22-08-2022
The abrupt ending left it open for a great night of discussion. Well-written and thought provoking.
FEILD 005
17-08-2022
The abrupt ending left it open for a soul searching night of discussion. Probably one of our best meetings. We all agreed it was well-written and definitely thought provoking.
WAIUK 001
27-06-2022
We could all relate to the upheaval that the story uncovered and the devastating effect it had on the families involved.
WANAK 001
05-05-2022
Our group thoroughly enjoyed this book.
WELL 168
02-05-2022
All members found the book extremely riveting - a good look at another life journey.
CHCH 385
10-01-2022
Book was enjoyed by all members. An easy read.
MARLB 001
07-01-2022
Fascinating and terrible. So well told. Agreement on high score.
RICH 005
05-11-2021
All our group LOVED this book, which is a rarity. What a dilemma for both families and this led to a great discussion as to what we would do in this situation. An amazing debut novel, and we'll all be looking for further books from this author.
NAP 011
27-09-2021
Everyone enjoyed this book. Very easy to read and engage with.
CHCH 317
27-08-2021
Enjoyed by all the group. This well-written, insightful story promoted a lively discussion. The twist in the story was commented on by all and particularly the ending, which led to some speculation on the outcome. Recommended.
GORE 006
25-08-2021
An excellent read, well-written and enjoyed by all.
CROMW 003
11-06-2021
Everyone enjoyed reading this book. Lots of discussion, and we wondered if there would be another book to follow. Liked reading about the different points of view; no one predicted the outcome.
TAUR 028
19-05-2021
A very good read, well-written, much to discuss - what would you do confronted with such a situation?
ASHB 016
22-04-2021
We all read it - great discussion especially around the ending and lying to her husband. We even kept talking about it in the car on the way home! It was very thought provoking, easy to read and some interesting characters. Hard to imagine how you would cope if that situation happened to you. So, yes good book!
OTORO 002
16-04-2021
Enjoyed the topic, but felt frustrated with the characters and the ending.
MAYF 001
09-04-2021
Believable, easy to read writing style.
KATIK 006
09-04-2021
All human weaknesses and feelings are revealed in this unforgettable story. But the outcome shows human kindness and understanding in the character of the leading mother (Sarah). A great read and very thought-provoking.
HUNTER 003
07-04-2021
Easy read. We were quite emotional at times when putting ourselves in various members' shoes. As most are parents, we had a discussion on how we would feel if we had a disabled child.
TIMAR 004
22-03-2021
Much discussion evolved. Thought provoking and a good read.
CROMW 004
02-11-2020
Lots of good discussion. We felt the story was flawed by the fact that no-one noticed the defects in Lauren's hands. We discussed real life examples of this situation, and discussed how we would react if it were us. Good characterisation. We felt Anne was the loser - in many ways a victim.
INVER 017
24-08-2020
A thought provoking read. The writing style helped a lot with the group's discussion as we spent quite a time talking about the different characters.