A nanny, a mother, a husband – who is the real Cradle Snatcher?
Clare Elias has always known the risks of being married to a rich, handsome, younger man like Marc. But when she gives birth to two gorgeous babies, she discovers motherhood isn’t quite the cinch she’d expected, and Marc is better with them than she is. Desperate to regain her independence running a successful chain of boutique flower shops, Clare hires Jenna, a confident, efficient nanny keen to escape a relationship that is going horribly wrong.
Before too long, a deadly rivalry emerges, and as events spiral out of control, Clare finds herself forced to make wrenching decisions about love, loyalty and motherhood.
With it’s pinky-purple cover, covered in flowers, The Cradle Snatcher gives the impression of being a rather light-hearted read, but that’s not what you find once you start reading. Clare is a middle class woman who discovers that life doesn’t always go smoothly.. once her twins are born, she tries to deal with the combination of work, marriage and motherhood, and finds it all slipping away from her.
The characters in this book are complex and changeable, and not always likeable. The story is told from varying viewpoints as it progresses, which gives some interesting insights.
There are many different issues explored, and I did wonder if a few could have been left out, but the author does manage to bring everything together at the end. Some of the characters may be a little too harsh for some readers, whilst others will enjoy the realism. In fact, that can be said of the book as a whole.. this is probably not a book for those who enjoy light hearted women’s fiction, but others will appreciate the honest, realistic feel. It’s one to make your own mind up about!
At the time of writing this review, The Cradle Snatcher is panmacmillan’s no. 1 bestseller – if you’ve read it, leave a comment with your views.