Book Review : This Child of Mine by Sinead Moriarty

November 19, 2013 Book review 6 ★★★½

This Child of Mine is an Irish chick-lit with engaging characters who do awful things but somehow manage to redeem themselves.

Book Review : This Child of Mine by Sinead MoriartyThis Child of Mine by Sinead Moriarty
Published by Penguin Ireland on 29 Jan 2013
Genres: Chick Lit
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback
Source: Received from Publisher
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Sophie is a happy 18-year-old living in London with Anna, her Irish mother. Anna has devoted her life to Sophie. It may be just the two of them but Anna has more than enough love to give. Sophie has everything she could ever need.

Laura is a not-so-happy artist. She too has a daughter, Mandy. But Laura is haunted by the loss of her first child, Jody. Happy-go-lucky as she is, Mandy lives in Jody's shadow and wonders why her mother can never let go.

Both mothers carry secrets and cannot forget the day their paths crossed. But a chance discovery is about to bring everything into the open and mothers and daughters, love and lies, past and future, will spectacularly collide.

Sinéad Moriarty's novels have sold over half a million copies in Ireland and the UK and she is a four times nominee for the popular fiction Irish Book Award. She has won over readers and critics telling stories that are funny, humane, moving and relevant to modern women. This Child of Mine is Sinéad at her very best.

My Recap :

This Child of Mine is a story about motherly love; two mothers and one daughter, too many broken hearts and one big, ugly mess. I don’t want to say much more than that as it would be a spoilery.

My Thoughts:

My initial thought on this book is that both mothers Anna and Laura are at times lovely and at other times so wrong, so blind-sighted in their thinking that you want to scream at them. They are both messed up from what life has thrown at them but both do unforgiveable things. I can’t pick which one I prefer as they both screw up so badly at various times.

Sophie (the daughter) feels very realistic, I think her actions and feelings on the foot of some major discoveries about herself are spot on. She is easy to empathise with and my heart felt torn on her behalf.

The plot felt somewhat predictable and somewhat unrealistic however thinking over the morals of their choices made this a very engaging read. The mystery element isn’t held for very long as you quickly know what is happening, this is fine though as the humour and characters more than sustain my interest.

I love the wit in Sinead’s books and they always make me laugh. I do at times find it all gets a bit OTT but at the end of the day that is part of the fun and the hilarity was badly needed here to balance our some of the darker elements of the book.

Two of the characters in the book have synaesthesia, a condition where you see emotions, numbers and names in colour. I first heard about this condition when Kelley @ Another Novel Read described how it affected her and I have been fascinated with it ever since. It was fun to get another insight into how exactly this manifests itself into everyday life through these characters.

Overall this book is equal parts; a fun read, a thought-provoking read and an emotional read. I really enjoyed it despite having a few issues along the way.

Who should read This Child of Mine?

I’d recommend This Child of Mine to fans of chick-lit books who like books that mix in heavy issues with lots of humour.


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6 Responses to “Book Review : This Child of Mine by Sinead Moriarty”

    • trish

      I loved Sinead’s books, I wouldn’t count this one as a favourite but it’s still good. I loved the Baby Trail, it’s so just funny but also heart breaking so that’s a great one to start with.

  1. Kelley (Another Novel Read)

    Okay, now I really want to read this book! I mean, I’ve talked with a few other synesthetes over the years, but seeing the way synesthesia is described in a novel is a different experience. I’m so curious how it was handled in this book! And since you enjoyed the story, it sounds like something I should definitely pick up. Great review, Trish! 🙂
    Kelley (Another Novel Read) recently posted…Review: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

    • trish

      I had never heard of the condition before and now I’m intrigued by it so it was fun to get another angle. In the book, both a father and daughter have it which made me wonder does anyone else in your family have it? It would be a fun trait to share 🙂

      • Kelley (Another Novel Read)

        Ohh, yes, actually! We didn’t really discover it as a family until I started working with a local researcher on it. Turns out my mom sees letters/numbers in color, and my dad has the spatial–sequence kind (he sees time as shapes / in a spatial environment in his mind)! Looks like they BOTH passed theirs down to me, because I have them both. 😀
        Kelley (Another Novel Read) recently posted…Review: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

  2. trish

    Oh cool! Makes your wonder how many people have this and just don’t realise it as it is just normal to them. It must make for some really interesting conversations in your house then 🙂

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