No Child of Mine

No Child of Mine

Unabridged — 10 hours, 19 minutes

No Child of Mine

No Child of Mine

Unabridged — 10 hours, 19 minutes

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Overview

When Essie Singh and her husband, Sanjay, move into their new home, they expect to do renovations, they don't expect to be confronted with a curse that threatens both their relationship and Sanjay's life. Essie has always seen herself as someone defined by her ambitions, a cold and independent woman, whose only soft spot is her husband. She never imagined herself as a mother, but then she finds out she's pregnant. As her difficult pregnancy transforms her body and life into something foreign to her, her husband spends the nights pacing in the attic, and the house begins to whisper. As Essie's pregnancy progresses, both her and her husband's lives are warped by a curse that has haunted her family for generations, leaving a string of fatherless daughters in its wake. Essie must confront the past and end the cycle of violence or risk losing her husband and damning her own daughter to the same fate.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

07/03/2023

A family curse spanning multiple generations turns a young wife’s difficult pregnancy into a gothic nightmare in Giraldes’s underplotted debut thriller spun from two alternating narrative threads. In one, Essie, a law student in her final year of studies, and her architect husband, Sanjay, have just moved into their first house when Essie discovers that she is unexpectedly pregnant. In the other, set in an unspecified (but presumably 19th-century) past, the newly married Isabel schemes to save her lover, Ana, and Ana’s newborn daughter, Maria, from the clutches of Ana’s abusive husband. Readers will quickly intuit that the family “curse” which Essie’s mother and grandmother have warned her about—that women in their family give birth only to female children, and then lose their husbands within the year that follows—is the consequence of unholy negotiations that Isabel, their forebear, made to rescue Ana. Though the inevitable convergence of the two story lines keeps the pages turning, Giraldes’s frustratingly circumspect treatment of the shadowy supernatural forces behind the curse offers little insight into their nature and motives. As a result, the resolution feels hasty and improbable. Horror fans will be underwhelmed. Agent: Claire Friedman, InkWell Management. (Sept.)

From the Publisher

"A haunting and eerie melody of love and loss, No Child of Mine…will claw at your heartstrings and chill your spine. This book will settle deep into your bones and stay there—I highly recommend it." — Amy Lukavics, author of Daughters Unto Devils

"No Child of Mine is hauntingly powerful, equal parts a ghost story and a tale of what we are prepared to do for love. " — Darcy Coates, USA Today bestselling author

Product Details

BN ID: 2940159788962
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Publication date: 09/12/2023
Edition description: Unabridged
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