Don’t Let Me Go

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 . . .

Reviews for “Don’t Let Me Go”

  • Amy says:

    Hello, Ms. Lewis! I found “No Child of Mine,” in a local bookstore. I’m a former social worker, worked with at-risk youth & families, & your book just struck so close to home, the details of Alex’s work. It was funny, because when I started reading it, I thought the setting was in the states, somewhere, like New York or Los Angeles. Once the dialogue started however, & how the characters talked,after some confusion & thinking to myself, “that’s strange. People don’t use words like that,” I realized that the setting is in England. Are you from Europe? In any case, once I started reading, I couldn’t put the book down. Took me 3 days, including reading past midnight one night. I look forward to buying the sequel. Is the third book, in the series, out yet, & what is the title? Thank you!!

    • Susan Lewis says:

      Hello Amy, yes I am from Europe, in fact I’m British. I’m so glad you enjoyed this book so much, and I really hope you enjoy the sequel just as much. Yes, the 3rd book – You Said Forever – is out now. You will be able to find it on Amazon without any trouble. Thank you so much for being in touch. I really appreciate it. 🙂

  • Tina Tregear says:

    Dear Susan, I simply loved ‘Don’t let me Go’ and your follow on book ‘You said Forever’, such a gripping sad story that I couldn’t put it down, I praise you on the superb research you did in writing this story which in a way brought it home to me that life out there for some children this goes on. Congratulations on your wonderful books. Keep writing please.

  • Lorraine says:

    What is the 3rd title called please, released 2017?

  • edna hoffe says:

    I have read and collected every one of your books. You are my favourite author, keep writing so I can keep my collection going, I then post my books to Durban im from Cape Town, for my sister in law to read. Amazing heartfelt stories that tug at my heart. Love your writing.God bless you.

  • Hilari hawthorne says:

    Is it possible to tell me whether your new book for 2017 is published yet and if so can you tell me the title.thank you

    • Susan Lewis says:

      2017 publications are as follows: February: The Moment She Left in paperback. You Said Forever in hardback. August: You Said Forever in paperback and Hiding in Plain Sight in hardback.

  • Carol Cunningham says:

    I have just finished reading “Don’t let me go” it’s the first book I have read if yours Susan and I couldn’t put it down. Such a beautiful and sometimes sad story. I will now be looking for more of your books now I am completely hooked and just love your style of writing, will be an avid reader, got lots of titles to look for.
    Best wishes Regards

  • Amanda says:

    I am a 25 year old female with a hectic social life and I have a very strong supportive family, I came across the book “no child of mine”.in my local charity shop.i started reading this book that evening…. and with a full time job and family to visit it was finished in 4 days! I couldn’t put it down, I cried, I laughed, I smiled and then I cried some more. I grew so protective of ottilie.iy touched every emotion, I finished this book past night.. and imminently ordered the news 2 ! such a fantastic read. thank you

  • Sarah Harrison says:

    I read the first book on holiday – the book had actually been left in the apartment… It was such an emotional book, one I couldn’t put down. I couldn’t get Ottilie out of my mind. The sometimes heart wrenching moments in the book meanest some times it was so difficult to read… I returned from my holiday and immediately ordered the second book… I started reading it this morning and haven’t been able to put it down until I have finished it…

    • Susan Lewis says:

      Hi Sarah, thank you so much for your lovely comments about these books. You might notice that we have removed the end so that it doesn’t give anything away for other readers. You might like to know that there is a third book in the series – untitled as yes – that is due for publication at the beginning of 2017. I very much hope that you’ll enjoy that one just as much 🙂

  • Phyllis says:

    I just finished your book “No child of mine” and ordering the 2nd part, “Don`t let me know” I cried during the first book, as I could relate to the abuse of Ottille, and wish I had a Alex to rescue me. Thank you for a book that had so many raw emotions.

    • Susan Lewis says:

      Thank you so much for your very kind words about No Child of Mine. It is an emotional book, so I can imagine it wasn’t always easy to read in places, so thank you for staying with it. I very much hope that you also enjoy Don’t Let Me Go. There is a third in this series to be published early 2017 – not yet titled. 🙂

  • Yvonne says:

    Dear Susan,
    I started reading Don’t Let Me Go at 7pm last night, then I finished it at 4am this morning. I have been a reader, and aspiring author for as long as I can remember, my home is virtually a library and I have never, until now, felt compelled to write a review or contact an author.
    I was gripped from page 1, your characters feel incredibly authentic, you really seem to capture, the soul of these people. I reached the end only to find – there was a prequel!! Alas, but much to my enjoyment I shall read the 1st book and then this one again.
    When it ended, I couldn’t sleep for a long time, so full of questions was I about what comes next, what happens when Chloe gets older, I was determined to come here and insist on a sequel, only to find that there is one and it comes next year!
    I cannot tell you how delighted I am to hear this news, this book struck me right where it hurts and you are quickly becoming one of my absolute favourite authors, this book however, will consistently, always be in my top 3 books ever.
    I apologise for the length of this ‘review’ but I just wanted you to know my thoughts, and commend you on being such a fantastic author.
    Regards, Yvonne

    • Susan Lewis says:

      Wow, what can I say! Such high praise and for a book that I love myself (although I probably shouldn’t say that :)) It means so much to know that the characters affected you so deeply. It’s a difficult subject, one that many people would like to ignore. Having said that, it’s even more heartening than usual when I receive such positive feedback to these books. I really hope you enjoy the other two – sorry that you didn’t realise Don’t Let Me Go was a sequel to No Child of Mine. Sadly, it’s a big dilemma when it comes to publication – to promote a book as a sequel can lose a lot of readers if they haven’t read the first one. You can probably imagine the last thing my publishers wants is to create a negative impact on sales.

  • Jessica telling says:

    I have just finished this book after reading them both in two days. I couldn’t put it down to the point where my partner asked me where I got to last night. (Sitting at the table until 1am to read it)
    Can’t wait for the third book and can I just say thank you for putting such an amazing story together you have done a smashing job.

  • Cynthia Briffa says:

    HI Susan,

    I’ve read both No Child of mine and Don’t let me go and they are my favourite books of yours so far. I’m so excited to learn there is going to be a third book. I’ll be looking out for it and can’t wait to read it.

    Keep up the writing.

    Best wishes,

  • Tess says:

    I just read No Child of Mine followed by this in less than a week. The best two books I’ve ever read. So moving and inspiring and also made me contact my local authority about adoption and fostering! Just loved it and so glad to hear there’s a third next year.
    Can I ask how you write your books? I’ve read a few now and would love to write myself. Do you come up with the whole plot or just start writing and see where it takes you?
    Thanks and can’t wait to read more!

    • Susan Lewis says:

      Hi Tessa, thank you so much for your wonderful support for these two books. You’re right, there is a third, which coincidentally, I finished today so it will be off to the publisher any time now. Publication is due for early 2017. My usual way of writing is to come up with the idea and characters, a instinct for where I’d like it to go and then I set forth. It doesn’t always follow the direction I expected it to, in fact if often doesn’t, but I usually find that once the characters take hold it’s much more interesting to see where they might take you. If you do decide to write I wish you the very best of luck and most of all, don’t be afraid. Just go with it – no has to read it until you’re ready.

  • Paula millar says:

    I read the 1st book No child of mine and had to get the 2nd Don’t let me go. I really hope there is to be a 3rd book..

    • Susan Lewis says:

      Yes, there is to be a third. I’m currently writing it and don’t have a title yet, but it is due for publication at the beginning of 2017. So glad you enjoyed the other two – look out for another emotional roller coaster 🙂

      • Sarah says:

        Hello, I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed ‘No child of mine’ and ‘never let me go.’ I am thrilled to find that a third book is to be published.


  • shona sanderson says:

    I loved this book it showed how some people lived there life because I have just about had the same go on in my life

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