‘Totally absorbing’ Closer magazine
Claire Seeber’s chilling first novel explores every parent’s worst nightmare . . .
What should have been a happy family day out quickly turns into a nightmare for Jess Finnegan. One minute she is thankful for a few minutes' peace away from the demands of motherhood. The next she is frantically searching for husband Mickey and 8-month old Louis.They have disappeared, nowhere to be seen. As the police launch a massive manhunt, Jess's panic intensifies.
Then Mickey is found, badly beaten – and alone. Where is Louis? Is he still alive? Could he be the victim of child trafficking or something much closer to home? Just how well does Jess know her new husband? And when her wayward brother turns up out of the blue, what is he after? As the investigation unravels, Jess discovers that the people closest to you are not always what they seem…
‘An accomplished, disturbing debut ‘
Peter Gutteridge, The Observer
‘Lullaby is a powerful and sensitive treatment of every parent's worst nightmare.’
Laura Wilson, The Guardian
‘A confident debut…written with panache’
Cath Staincliffe, Tangled Web.com
“I read a lot of books, but I can’t remember the last time I was so involved in one…Why aren’t more thrillers so…thrilling?''
‘Author’s debut thriller…is proving a hit with the public’.
South London Press
About the author
Born in London with a love of all things dramatic, Claire Seeber began her career as an actress. Soon deciding she'd rather pull strings safely behind the scenes, Claire forged a successful career in documentary television, enabling her to travel the world, glimpsing into lives otherwise unseen. Also a feature-writer for newspapers such as the Guardian, Independent on Sunday and the Telegraph, Claire now combines (furious) scribbling with keeping a beady eye on her two young sons.
Claire blogs at www.claireseeber.com/blog
British journalist Seeber begins her debut, an overlong thriller, with a reasonable scenario an abducted baby, a distraught mother, and a husband under a slight cloud of suspicion. Add a sexy French nanny, a beautiful but cold ex-wife, a kid brother with a serious drug problem, and you've got a raft of possible kidnappers. As the plot develops, every possible suspect has a moment in the spotlight, if without much increase in suspense. Throughout the investigation, a policewoman known only as Deb watches over the mother, Jessica Finnegan, day and night. Some readers may find it hard to believe that the London police would assign one of its members to be a full-time bodyguard, who, presumably at taxpayer's expense, makes Jessica tea and runs errands with her as well. On the other hand, smooth prose, well-rendered London settings, and a satisfying resolution will leave many eager to see more from Seeber.