‘Give Me The Child’ by Mel McGrath



Genre: Psychological Thriller

“Imagine that your doorbell rings in the middle of the night. You open the door to the police. Your husband’s eleven-year-old love-child stands between them- a daughter you never knew he had. Her mother has been found dead in their south London flat. She has nowhere else to go. Would you take her in?” -back coverĀ 

Dr Cat Lupo, a psychologist specialising in psychopathic children, who is haunted by her own experiences of psychosis and issues of mental health stemmed from her first and only pregnancy. Though she adores her daughter, she longs for another baby. Then, one night, the police bring a little girl to her family’s home. The little girl, Ruby, has just lost her mother to a drug overdose and has nowhere to go. It dawns on Cat that this girl is her husband’s love-child from an affair she never knew he had.

Something tells Cat to accept Ruby into her home but in doing so Cat begins to doubt her own fragile sanity. Her research tells her there’s no such thing as evil but her instincts tell her differently. Ruby, so sweet, so innocent but so dangerous to Cat’s perfect life.

As someone who studies psychology, the protagonist appealed to me straight away. She’s damaged and fragile but that doesn’t mean her instincts are wrong. I felt for Cat, the need to keep up a facade of a warm and inviting mother for her daughter when all you want to be is utterly selfish and put your head in the sand.

This book has the creep factor about it and I love that. Reading about what some children are capable of is both scary and heart wrenching all at once. This is a good read for someone who is new to the genre of psychological thrillers and for people who like to have their bones chilled!