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The Stranger on the Train Your baby has been stolen by a stranger The police won t listen What would you do Abbie Taylor shows remarkable flair in this involving and intriguing debut novelA young mother s nightmare comes true the tube doors close with her baby still on the train Struggling as a single mother, Emma sometimes wishes that her thirteen month old son Ritchie would just disappear But when, one quiet Sunday evening, Ritchie is abducted by a stranger on the London Underground, Emma is thrown into a situation worse than she could have ever imaginedBut why don t the police seem to fully believe her story Why would they think that she would want to hurt her own baby If Emma wants Richie back, it looks like she ll have to find him herself With the help of a stranger called Rafe, the one person who seems to believe her, she goes in search of her son And she is determined to get him back no matter what it takes Emma was a happy, carefree young woman with a degree, a job she didn t much care about but a job nonetheless, friends, a nice flat and a social life She s travelled, spending a year in Sydney after finishing University, been for a holiday to Europe with her friends from University All this changes when she finds out that she s pregnant Having been in denial for several months, she s five months gone before she realises that she d better start dealing with it The father has left her, gone bac Emma was a happy, carefree young woman with a degree, a job she didn t much care about but a job nonetheless, friends, a nice flat and a social life She s travelled, spending a year in Sydney after finishing University, been for a holiday to Europe with her friends from University All this changes when she finds out that she s pregnant Having been in denial for several months, she s five months gone before she realises that she d better start dealing with it The father has left her, gone back to his ex girlfriend and her flatmate wants to move in with her boyfriend Their lease is up in one month and Emma must find somewhere to live.We find all this out in flashback as the book starts with Emma and her 13 month old son heading home after a day out Ritchie is tired and restless and wants to hop out of his buggy pram stroller pusher etc and walk for a while He s wearing a little harness so Emma thinks nothing of lifting him out and standing him on the train platform with her as it pulls into the station She helps Richie onto the train before attending to getting the buggy and herself on when the doors close on her She is left holding Ritchie s leash he standing inside the train, her on the platform As the train begins to move, she begins to run after it, saved from being pulled down after it by a thoughtful gesture from a bystander, tackling her to the ground and yanking her out of harms way before the train can rip her off the platform and down underneath it Desperately Emma gets the next train to the next stop where a kindly looking older woman who was on the previous train in the same carriage as Ritchie is waiting with him She is so relieved to have him back, so thankful, that she can barely speak The woman takes her for coffee, surreptitiously taking control of everything Encouraging Emma to go and wash her face from where she was hurt being tackled to the ground, Emma does so When she returns, the woman and Ritchie are gone.From there Emma is catapulted into a nightmare The police are called and are at first, skeptical if she is even the mother of a child When it is established that she has a son, they are less inclined to believe that some snatched him andlikely to believe that she has harmed him herself Only Rafe Townsend, the young man who tackled her to the ground at the platform, believes her He calls to return her bag, which she left behind with him when she caught the next train and asks if there s anything he can do He s a former police officer and he lends her his assistance andimportantly, some support.Support is something that Emma sorely lacks She is 100% doing this alone She has no family, her friends have drifted away, caught up in their own lives and not interested in hers now, she had to leave her job, she lives alone with Ritchie in council type housing She sees no one, does nothing except spend her days with Ritchie Although he wasn t a particularly difficult baby, she is slowly being worn down by the monotony of it all, the routine, the sheer mindlessness She is a woman who is basically, crying out for help and doesn t receive it She tells her GP that she has frustration and anger and pent up aggression and that she has thought it might be possible that she would harm Ritchie Her GP does absolutely stuff all about this until the police come knocking for background information on Emma and Ritchie s medical records, and then she tells them Instead of helping her get some support and possibly some medical assistance, all her GP does leave a note for a social worker but the social worker is on leave at the time, something the GP doesn t chase up So her cries for help go completely unanswered and even though she doesn t actually do anything to harm Ritchie, all this does is make the police think she s completely out of her tree and has probably killed her kid and stashed him somewhere.Abbie Taylor did a brilliant job not only describing that but making you feel it And the way she wrote Emma s grief when Ritchie is taken, her guilt at having felt like she has failed him as his mother, her despair is real and poignant without verging into overdone The frustration when she isn t believed There are a few incidents in the book where you have to suspend disbelief and just go with it in the name of the story, but overall it s a pretty good novel What makes it is just how well Taylor nailed that description of a lonely single mother 1 star Meh This is one of those books i just couldn t get on board with the main character for me was just annoying and a bit thick to be quite honest This book took twists and turns in hopes to be suspenseful but i really wasn t impressed I never don t finish a book but this is one I wish I hadn t bothered with.I found myself skimming through some chapters so it only took me 2 days to get through so I haven t wasted too much time but WOW it s a BIG no from me This is going into the charity 1 star Meh This is one of those books i just couldn t get on board with the main character for me was just annoying and a bit thick to be quite honest This book took twists and turns in hopes to be suspenseful but i really wasn t impressed I never don t finish a book but this is one I wish I hadn t bothered with.I found myself skimming through some chapters so it only took me 2 days to get through so I haven t wasted too much time but WOW it s a BIG no from me This is going into the charity pile there s no way I want to re read this 2.5 really Read skimmed it in one sitting I didn t really like the main character, Emma, which was a bit of a problem I know she was meant to be depressed understandably about her life as a single mother, but she was nolikeable in the flashbacks to her childhood and single days I found the plot strangely unsuspenseful and the scenes where she and Rafe kept popping over to France totally unbelievable Rafe was a bit thin on the personality front apart from being a nice guy and od 2.5 really Read skimmed it in one sitting I didn t really like the main character, Emma, which was a bit of a problem I know she was meant to be depressed understandably about her life as a single mother, but she was nolikeable in the flashbacks to her childhood and single days I found the plot strangely unsuspenseful and the scenes where she and Rafe kept popping over to France totally unbelievable Rafe was a bit thin on the personality front apart from being a nice guy and oddly believed Emma s story, even after the DNA test had seemingly disproved it I m not sure what setting part of the story in France added to anything It s the first time I ve read Abbie Taylor s book It s really good The book is about a single mom who loses his son and the measures she took to get to get the son back She never gives up The turmoil and feelings she goes through is very well written. I stumbled across this book and was intrigued by the description I dove in and ended up reading it in one sitting unable to put it down It is easy to see something like this happening in real life which made it so good I really connected with Emma and felt deeply everything she was feeling desperately trying to find her son I enjoyed seeing the connection between Emma and Rafe And the idea of how easy it is to find yourself alone in the world suddenly with no one to turn to when crisis stri I stumbled across this book and was intrigued by the description I dove in and ended up reading it in one sitting unable to put it down It is easy to see something like this happening in real life which made it so good I really connected with Emma and felt deeply everything she was feeling desperately trying to find her son I enjoyed seeing the connection between Emma and Rafe And the idea of how easy it is to find yourself alone in the world suddenly with no one to turn to when crisis strikes really hit me hard Definitely a 5 star read It has been at least 2 years or slightly less since I read The Stranger on the Train so it s easy to say the bits I remember are very little However, I remember the anxiousness I felt when Emma realized she had forgotten her son on the Train From the start to the last page, I have devoured every single page The nightmare a mother must face when trying to find her missing child, and knowing the police barely believe in her story All in all, it was a suspense filled and nerve wracking s It has been at least 2 years or slightly less since I read The Stranger on the Train so it s easy to say the bits I remember are very little However, I remember the anxiousness I felt when Emma realized she had forgotten her son on the Train From the start to the last page, I have devoured every single page The nightmare a mother must face when trying to find her missing child, and knowing the police barely believe in her story All in all, it was a suspense filled and nerve wracking story that got me to bite my lip in anticipationthan once I became so absorbed with Emma, the lead character s life that eventually the book became two stories for me One about the abduction of her toddler son Ritchie and the mystery of who and why he was taken and the other half about Emma s hopeless and desperate situation of being an unloved, lonely, depressed, single young mother, who is living in London and on the dole However, Emma s life didn t start out this way In flash backs, we learn of a young woman who is right out of university, with I became so absorbed with Emma, the lead character s life that eventually the book became two stories for me One about the abduction of her toddler son Ritchie and the mystery of who and why he was taken and the other half about Emma s hopeless and desperate situation of being an unloved, lonely, depressed, single young mother, who is living in London and on the dole However, Emma s life didn t start out this way In flash backs, we learn of a young woman who is right out of university, with a promising future That is until Emma meets the man that eventually becomes the baby s father, Oliver That is when her life seemed to spiral out of control and into despair return return The author relates Emma s story in a very compassionate way, and you have much empathy for this young woman Which makes me think that the author understands something about bringing up a baby alone If not, then this splendid author has done her research well The only compassion, understanding, and help seemed to come from the second lead character, Rafe, who Emma runs into the day her son goes missing on the train Rafe believes her at the time when the police have their suspicions after discovering that Emma has told her doctor in confidence some dark, disturbing, and troubling thoughts about her son and her helpless circumstances previously to her son s disappearance Rafe sees how Emma has been terribly wronged and not just by the events of the kidnapping but by the system itself He becomes Emma s only hope in finding her son return return I thought I had the book figured out in the middle but it didn t faze me one bit I wanted to keep reading because there were so many loose and possible ends why the abduction, Emma s relationship to Rafe, etc Yet, I was somewhat surprised by the ending The story actually brought a few tears to my eyes and a few smiles too This is the sort of book you need to take a deep breath before diving into another book by a different author The story and the characters were very believable and human to me Too often crime novels come off as really bad TV dramas with leading characters who could win the too stupid to live award, but not this book return return I also wanted to add that I loved how the author reveals Emma s emotions without being too overly dramatic or exhausting The reader understands Emma s guilt and deep love for her son Ritchie, but also we can grasp her frustrations and desperation too without the character going too far over the top This truly is a wonderful book and one that I didn t wish to see an end to I do hope the author will give uswonderful stories I will certainly be first in line to buy up anything else she writes in the future In fact, it was very hard for me to believe this is the author s first book I wondered while reading it, if perhaps Abbie Taylor might be a pseudonym for awell established author, but my researched has turned nothing up For that reason, I have to assume this is Abbie Taylor s first published work and what a great piece it is At first I thought Emma was a dimwit, seriously how many times did she leave her baby with a strangewoman But as the story went on I began to feel compassion for her, and with all my medical expertise haha I diagnosed her with post partum depression I enjoyed this book, at times it was a bit far fetched but I didn t care. An interesting look at the human psyche, postpartum depression and going it alone as a parent No one believes Emma, a disheveled, fraught, increasingly depressive young mother of a 13 month old, when she says a woman kidnapped her child right out from under her Readers will follow Emma through fear and self doubt as the author paints a picture of life raising a baby with absolutely no one to lean on I liked the author s treatment of Emma being discounted by authority police and her doctor An interesting look at the human psyche, postpartum depression and going it alone as a parent No one believes Emma, a disheveled, fraught, increasingly depressive young mother of a 13 month old, when she says a woman kidnapped her child right out from under her Readers will follow Emma through fear and self doubt as the author paints a picture of life raising a baby with absolutely no one to lean on I liked the author s treatment of Emma being discounted by authority police and her doctor because of her postpartum depression Instead of helping, they categorize her and then hinder her efforts to find her child, which is alarming and disheartening I found this to be a satisfying read and wanted Emma to come through it in the end


About the Author: Abbie Taylor

Abbie Taylor is a doctor in her thirties She was born in Ireland and lives between Dublin and London Emma s Baby is her first novel.


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