Thursday, August 10

The Cradle Robbers by Ayelet Waldman

Review by Dawn Dowdle

Juliet Applebaum's youngest of three is now four months old.  Previously she graduated Harvard and was a crushing public defender.  Now she's exhausted and trying to make a go of it as a part-time investigator.  Plus she never has time or energy for her husband, Peter. 

Juliet's office assistant talks her into looking into some female prisoners who had their infants taken from them under false pretenses.  She finds herself unable to turn this case down.  She keeps thinking how she'd feel if her own infant had been taken. 

She talks to some of the inmates and family members.  Finally she goes to Lambs of the Lord, a church-based foster organization, to try to find out the location of these children.  Having a four-month-old child, she often has to bring her with her.  This helps in some situations and is difficult in others. 

This was the first book I've read in this series.  I've heard a lot of people talk about it.  I liked it, but it wasn't quite what I expected from the comments I had heard from other readers. 

The story was well written, and I wanted to finish it to find out what had happened to the children.  The plot was constructed well.  I didn't figure it out ahead.   

I do look forward to reading another book in this series.  I like Juliet and the author's style.  I recommend this book.

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