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Seesaw by Deborah Moggach

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List Price: £8.99


Paperback: 336 Pages.

Published: 03 February 2005 by Vintage

Edition: New Ed

ISBN: 0099477726

EAN: 9780099477723

Take an ordinary, well-off family like the Prices. Watch what happens when one Sunday seventeen-year-old Hannah disappears without a trace. See how the family rallies when a ransom note demands half a million pounds for Hannah's safe return. But it's when Hannah comes home that the story really begins. Now observe what happens to a family when they lose their house, their status, all their wealth. Note how they disintegrate under the pressures of guilt and poverty and are forced to confront their true selves. And, finally, wait to hear about Hannah, who has the most shocking surprise in store of all.


2.0 Stars2.0 Stars  by Anne

Too much was unrealistic for me

Hannah is a young woman who is kidnapped by a pair of amateur criminals. Her parents raise and deliver a ransom which cripples them financially. Hannah returns undamaged, at least physically. Everything has been kept secret. Surely life can return to normal now ?

This is a clever idea which is not as well executed as I thought that it could have been. The story revolves around the results to the family unit and the individuals of this traumatic event and includes the lives of the kidnappers as well as the family. It really makes you think what you would do in similar circumstances and the author is very clear that the consequences of this type of event can be as dramatic as the event itself. I thought that the character of Hannah was well written and I understood her best of the people involved. I had more trouble with the actions of her father and especially with that of the criminals which I found unlikely although their essential situation seemed realistic.

Some of the aspects of the book didn't really work for me. I just didn't believe that anyone could gather that much cash together considering how difficult it is to get money out of your own bank account these days ! I really didn't buy into the fact that they wouldn't go to the police and that the family would tackle this on their own, it didn't ring true to me.

In the end, this book didn't really work for me although I did think that the idea was clever. Some of the writing and plot worked but, sadly, not enough.

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