The Other Child

The Other Child

Book - 2012
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An old farm, a deserted landscape, a dark secret from times past with fatal consequences for the present.

In the tranquil northern seaside town of Scarborough, a student is found cruelly murdered. For months, the investigators are in the dark, until they are faced with a copy-cat crime. The investigation continues apace, yet they are still struggling to establish a connection between the two victims.

Ambitious detective Valerie Almond clings to the all too obvious: a rift within the family of the second victim. But there is far more to the case than first appears and Valerie is led towards a dark secret, inextricably linked to the evacuation of children to Scarborough during World War II.

Horrified at her last-minute discovery, Valerie realises that she may be too late for action...

Publisher: London : Orion, 2012.
ISBN: 9781409123378
Characteristics: 410 p. ;,24 cm.


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Nov 24, 2019

Well, unfortunately I can't say this is the second Agatha Christie in another younger version.
Quite irritating is the fact that the Author didn't fully explain the first murder of Amy Mills, the student. If I missed something, I will be grateful for explanation. Despite the plot it is pretty easy to anticipate who is responsible for the next murder. However - lack of the realistic details was most irritating. NOBODY can live on giving 6 hours of language lessons - per week - even in the countryside. Especially in UK in 2008. Impossible.
Another irritating fact is the total irresponsibility of Amy's employer returning home every week half drunk and way after 10 pm. How about student's parents supposedly so protective of their only daughter ??? She lives with them, obviously, because she has very little money on her own. So, why they don't get concerned that her daughter is wandering during night hours every week??? The indifference of these individuals is astonishing and makes it all unbelievable.
Also quite terrifying is the fate of the little boy, completely helpless because of his disabilities. And as far as I am concerned the main characters are stripped of any human feelings throughout the book and therefore they appear phony. Very seldom people remain calm and cruel for the whole of their lives. The killer is one of the best characters and his/her actions are in some way justified.
Also - the Author has really overdone the "dark English scenery" and in the end you feel actually glad, that justice has been served after so many years. Is that supposed to happen, really?
So, this is the only English translation of Charlotte Link books at WPL, apparently the best one. Not necessarily in my opinion. If you don't have anything to do, you can try it. 2.5 stars out of 5, no more and be prepared to feel really sad after finishing it....

Nov 23, 2013

This is a really good read. It kept me awake at night trying to figure out who the murderer was and the last few chapters wove everything together in a way that didn't insult the reader with sneaky stuff we hadn't been told. I agree with the ready2read. Charlotte Link is going to be very big in North America.

Diell Oct 22, 2013

enjoyed, but sad. Definitely want to read more of this writer. Interesting that the storey took place in Yorkshire, written by a German writer and translated into English.

Jun 15, 2013

"The Other Child" is a psychological suspense novel written by an author named Charlotte Link who is hugely popular in her native Germany but little known here in North America. I think that will change. I have read other novels in the European/Scandinavian genre but I have a confession--I would usually get terribly bogged down by proper names; those impossible combinations of vowels and consonants(and little dots) that represent people, places or even street names would somehow trip up my poor brain and put a damper on my reading experience. Well my brain is happy with this book. Not only does it take place in England but people have names like Dave and Chad and Leslie.If I had not known this was translated from German I would not have known-----does that make any sense? I enjoyed this book - a double murder mystery with threads going back to WWll.

akarenina May 04, 2013

The movement between past and present provides some excitement, but also sometimes slows the story down. The outcome is a complete surprise; maybe the author should have given the reader a few more hints.

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