Charlotte Nicholls has a secret that haunts her.
She and three-year-old Chloe have left their home and friends, and are now building a new life for themselves elsewhere.
All Charlotte wants to do is to forget the past, to blot out what went before, and to look only to the future.
At last she and Chloe feel safe.
Then, suddenly, their nightmare returns, and Charlotte finds she has no power to prevent what comes next . . .
We meet up again with Charlotte Nicholls and little Chloe in New Zealand, where they have started their new life with Charlotte's recently re-acquainted Mother, Anna and her extended family.
Chloe is beginning to find her confidence and come out of her painful shell after the horrendous sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her now imprisoned father, Brian Wade and his paedophile ring. She is still understandably wary of men but is beginning to come round.
Charlotte has given everything up for Chloe, her house, job, life and friends back home in Kesterly-on-Sea in England, but she really would not have it any other way as Chloe brings a whole new purpose and meaning to her life, and she is unrelentingly smitten with her and they are beginning to build the perfect new life.
The only thing Charlotte would change is the fear and paranoia of looking over her shoulder all the time, and of severing any links she has back in England as Chloe isn't a lovingly adopted child, but an abducted one.
We learned the story of little Ottilie Wade and her abusive parents in the prequel, No Child Of Mine
(It would be a perfectly understandable stand alone book, but ties in nicely if you have already read the first. I would imagine in would put a really interesting and intriguing spin on it if you hadn't though?)
It's really difficult to go into any of the storyline without giving any spoilers away, the plot is so mind blowingly good it would be a crying shame to ruin it, suffice to say that I actually woke up in the night last night as I knew I would finish Don't Let Me Go today and I was panicking about how it would end!
The story is a tragic one, the abuse storyline is just horrendous - not terribly graphic but the picture you build up in your mind is seriously bad enough. The focus on the care system in the UK is also a worrying and sickening read, and at some points I felt as though I were actually living Charlotte and Chloe's nightmare which was truly terrifying.
The blossoming relationship between Charlotte and her knight in shining armour, Anthony Goodman is one of the diamonds in the dark of this story, as is Charlotte's structure of loving and supportive family and friends.
I liked how the relationship between Charlotte and ex-boss Wendy played out, but would have like to have seen a more sticky ending for Katie's character, although revenge and retribution really wasn't the whole ethos of the book.
I loved the ending and how everything was tied up, but I am such a HUGE Susan Lewis fan, every since I first read The Mill House, and have read every one since, one of my favourites being Forgotten obviously before I read these two as they are definitely on my keeper and read again pile!
A very secure and well deserved 5 stars!