We know at the beginning that baby Noah was accidentally given the wrong medicine on the long haul flight from Glasgow to Melbourne. Political spin doctor Alistair is right when he explains to partner teacher Joanna that both their careers are over if the truth gets out. So it’s wrong, but understandable, to stage an abduction scenario. What follows is essentially the psychological impact on all concerned: Joanna, Alistair, Alistair’s Australian ex Alexandra, their daughter Chloe, the remaining grandparents, the passengers on the Emirates flight who heard Noah’s constant crying and the public at large writing ill-informed rubbish on social media.
Alexandra’s chapters are written in the first person. An intelligent lawyer who feels betrayed by Alistair, she’s been hitting the wine, worried that Alistair will succeed in taking Chloe away from her. The other chapters are written in third person, and describe Joanna’s psychological meltdown and Alistair’s attempts to keep the conspiracy afloat. Without ever actually saying so, he’s let Joanna believe that the mistake was hers. When Joanna visits Mrs Amery, who was sitting behind her on the plane, she gets a whole different perspective. Having reconciled herself to staying with Alistair and living a lie in perpetuity in order to protect others, she turns murderous, and wishes only to fess up. Her courtroom behaviour is bizarre. This is a very interesting study of what happens when we practice to deceive and a good moral lesson about the dangers of doing so.
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (5 September 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0571287700
- ISBN-13: 978-0571287703
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 272 g
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)