Second Chances

By Charity Norman | Paperback
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In the quiet of a winter's night, the rescue helicopter is sent to airlift a five-year-old boy with severe internal injuries. He's fallen from the upstairs verandah of an isolated farmhouse, and may not last the next few hours. At first, Finn's fall looks like a horrible accident; after all, he's prone to sleepwalking. Only his frantic mother, Martha McNamara, knows how it really happened. And she isn't telling. Not yet. Maybe not ever. Martha only wants the best for her family. That's why she moved heaven and earth to move them to the other side of the world, to start their lives afresh. And now she's faced with decisions she never dreamed she'd have to make, decisions with potentially devastating consequences. She's torn between her loyalty to her family and her need to protect them. What do you do when your dream escape turns into a nightmare - and is there ever a way back? Gripping, emotional and intelligent, this is a book you won't be able to put down. 


Dimensions234mm x 155mm
PublisherAllen & Unwin 
Release Date1 Jul 2012 

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12 Jul 2012, 4:43pm | Review by Kerre Woodham
This is a cracker and a chilling reminder for every parent of how easy it is for their teenage children to be lost to them.  Kit and Martha are doing it tough in England.  Kit’s ad agency has gone under in the recession and he’s turned to drink.  In a desperate bid to save her family Martha signs up for a job in New Zealand and, over the protestations of her teenage daughter Sacha, the family moves to a remote farm house in Hawkes Bay.  It’s an idyllic life for Kit, who’s rediscovered his passion for painting, and their five year old twin boys Finn and Charlie, who are thriving in their new home.  But Sacha is struggling and while Martha’s aware of her unhappiness, she’s powerless to help her.  Then things start going missing from the house and it seems someone wants to do the family harm.  And one terrible night, Finn falls from the upstairs veranda of the farmhouse.  If it was an accident, as Martha claims, why are there fingerprints on his arms?  Gripping, chilling and powerfully written, this is a fabulous read.
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Second Chances

1 Aug 2012, 1:39pm | Review by Michele McGregor
Looking foward to reading this as me and my book club all loved Freeing Grace!
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Second Chances

30 Jul 2012, 4:00pm | Review by Elsa Collecutt
This sounds like a good read, a real life senario where teenagers can go "off track". Also a story of mystery and intrigue. A book I would like to read.
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must read!

20 Jul 2012, 12:36pm | Review by Claudine Fraser
I must buy this book and read it as my teen is giving me real worries at the moment and I feel like she could be lost to me if I don't handle things right. :(
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