From the cover: How far would you go to have a family? What would you hide for someone you love? Confused and desperate, Zoe McAllister boards a ferry to Rottnest Island in the middle of winter holding a tiny baby close to her chest, terrified that her husband will find her or that her sister will call the police.
Years later, a teenage girl, Louise, is found on the island, unconscious and alone. Flown out for urgent medical treatment, when she recovers she returns home and overhears her parents discussing her past and the choices that they've made. Their secrets, slowly revealed, will shatter more than one family and, for Louise, nothing will ever be the same again. Let Her Go is a gripping, emotionally charged story of family, secrets and the complications of love. Part thriller, part mystery, it will stay with you long after you close the pages wondering ... What would you have done?
My view: This book had me hooked from the very beginning. Dawn's previous book "Fractured" was one of my top picks for last year, and this new one is up there as well. The subject of surrogacy is a painful and controversial one but Dawn Barker handles this issue so well, as she is also a Psychologist. You see things from all perspectives, the surrogate mother, the adopted mother (who are step sisters), the two husbands and of course the child. As things progress in this book you can't help but feel for all parties involved and you can sympathise with each one of them.
Another wonderful thing is that the Author comes from Western Australia and locations from this area are highlighted in the book which gives an insight into this part of Australia. I am a huge fan of this Australian author and I think authors like Jodi Picoult should start to get worried ... Dawn Barker has well and truly arrived!