Book review: Madeleine
The story of Madeleine's high-profile abduction, told by her mother.
Price: R215.01

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What we thought:

It's a thought too horrible to entertain for long: coming into the room to check on your child, only to find that she is gone, without a trace.

Like many people I was aware of the news stories relating to the McCanns, and the story of their pretty 3-year-old, snatched from her bed in the room of a holiday resort in Portugal. I remembered the images of the parents, and the thin, drawn face of Kate as she faced a media barrage.

I wondered why they had made the choice to go to a restaurant and leave three children under 4 on their own, even though it was close by. It's a question Kate McCann addresses, among others, leaving a powerful impression of how traumatic and devastating it was for them to lose Madeleine - and then be accused of having killed her.

Just what a horrible experience this was for the McCanns comes through in this detailed account, written by Kate originally as a record to explain to Madeleine and her twin siblings what happened that night, and in the weeks and months that followed.

It's a book that I simply had to talk about to other mothers, trying to fathom how the puzzle pieces fit together. And it will make you hold your loved ones closer, in the face of the sudden, random horror of what happened to this family.

Proceeds from the book go to the continued search for the little girl, through Madeleine's Fund.

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