No Child Of Mine

What if you knew a child was in danger – and no one believed you?


Alex Lake’s day job is all about helping people, especially children. She cares about them passionately and does everything in her power to rescue them from those who mean them harm.


When the case of three-year-old Ottilie Wade comes to her attention, Alex feels an overpowering need to make a real difference in the little girl’s life, but no one is prepared to believe that Ottilie is in danger.


In the end, Alex makes a decision that has consequences that no one, least of all Alex, could have foreseen.



Reviews for “No Child Of Mine”

  • Heather Williams says:

    I cant wait to start the third book! Just ordered more books by Susan Lewis! Love this author!

  • Cathy Lasker says:

    Hi Susan -just checking website on your books I’m slowly going through your collection I just love them all.
    Reading your reviews on No Child of Mine I’m so excited that their is a 3rd book coming _ read them both few years ago it was truly two beautiful books couldn’t put them down.
    You are a brilliant writer your books are great from the first page to the last- always looking for your books in case I have missed one.
    Cathy Lasker
    Sydney Australia

    • Susan Lewis says:

      Thank you so much for this lovely message Cathy. I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed these books so much. Of course they mean a great deal to me so it’s wonderful to know that they mean something to you too. 🙂

  • Hilary says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed No child of mine. As I in the past and my daughter is at present working with young children I was entranced with the book. I read the second book and would like to get the two books from our library for my daughter. Could you please let me know the title of the third book to this story In the meantime am working through many of your other books. Thanks and keep writing

    • Susan Lewis says:

      Hi Hilary, the title for the third book hasn’t been decided yet, I’m afraid, but as soon as it is it will be posted on the website. It is due for publication at the beginning of 2017. Thank you so much for your interest and support.

  • Scarlett says:

    ‘No Child of Mine’ was such a gripping and moving read that I finished it and the sequel in 3 days. Even though it brought me to tears a few times, it was worth it in the end. Have to say, that upon finishing the second book, I couldn’t help thinking that it would be interesting to see what happens in the future, so the news that you are writing a third is fantastic. Really looking forward to it!

  • Liz Wood says:

    Dear Susan,
    I have recently read No Child of Mine after being recommended by a friend. I was drawn into the story from the very start and soon had images of the characters in my mind, especially little Ottilie. I sometimes found the issues in the story very hard to deal with and I found I could not read it before going to sleep. I would grab every spare minute during the day to read some, and would find it hard to put down because I needed to know that Ottilie would get through.
    Thank you so much for writing this book and I am looking forward to reading the sequel, which I am sure will be just as gripping.
    I have also read Obsession, which was brilliant and I think would make a great movie.

    • Susan Lewis says:

      Hi Liz, I’m so glad you stayed with No Child of Mine. I know it’s difficult in parts, but there are so many “Ottilies” out there that I feel by staying with her you’re showing how much this issue matters. I really hope you enjoy Don’t Let Me Go as well. It might also interest you to know that I cam currently writing a third in the series, to be published early 2017. (No title yet I’m afraid!)

  • Clare Aston says:

    This is the first of your books I have read and I am about three quarters of the way through. The issues you write about are done in such a way, that although you don’t ever go into much detail, you are left in no doubt as to the horrors that poor little girl was facing. And as such, there have been a couple of times i have put the book aside, as I have found it has had a real emotional effect on me. Something I haven’t had with a book in a long time. But I have to finish it, I have to know that all works out for Alex and little Ottilie. Seeing it from a social workers point of view has made me even more thankful that there are people out there who are willing to do what it takes to keep children safe and very often at a personal cost. They are always criticised in media, but the job they do is incredible.

    I honestly can’t put this book down. It has touched me in a way that I have never known before. I am thrilled to know there is a sequel and that is next on my list as soon as I finish this one. Thanks for a great book 🙂

    • Susan Lewis says:

      Thank YOU Clare, for such a lovely message. And thank you for staying with the book. I know it’s hard at times, and I quite understand why you have to put it down, but I honestly believe you will be glad that you stayed to the end. I very much hope you enjoy the sequel too, and you might be interested to know that I am currently writing a third in the series. with my warmest wishes to you, Susan

      • Clare Aston says:

        I have finished the book and it was definitely worth it! That kind of subject matter is always hard to read, even more so, when most of it is left to your own imagination. But I couldn’t wait to find out how it ended and I loved the ending! I can’t wait to start the second one and I am really excited to know there is a third one on the way !

  • Rachel says:

    I bought no child of mine from a charity shop after someone recommenced your books. I don’t usually read a lot of fiction but your books in particular this one were amazing and I have to admit that I could not put it down. Thank you so much for this book and the sequel Don’t let me go!

    • Susan Lewis says:

      Hi Rachel you might like to know that I am currently working on a third in this series, due for publication around Feb 2017. Thank you for such lovely words about the previous two.

  • Eilish Malone says:

    Hi, I have just finished No Child of Mine. What an absolutely gripping story, I couldn’t put the book down. I can’t wait to read the sequel. It is good to read a book that is so well written and takes you on a journey from start to finish. Although the characters are fictional, the issues sadly are all to real. I know that social workers do a great job in sometimes extreme circumstances and you have dealt with the issues that they have to face with the families and sometimes their colleagues. Well done for dealing with a situation that we know exists but often choose not to accept as a reality.

    • Susan Lewis says:

      Thank you for your very kind and supportive words. I’m so glad this book meant something to you, and am delighted to know that you’re going to read the sequel, Don’t Let Me Go. Perhaps you’ll be interested to know that I am currently working on a third in the series.

  • hayley says:

    I too loved this book bought as a gift from my husband once I start to read it I couldnt put it down. So well written and well researched that it was so believable as I have worked in local authority and with children’s services so know all about the bureaucracy! Once I had read the ending was so pleased to discover there was a second part and ordered it immediately. Again I took that on holiday and had it readn within 3 days- so thank for allowing me to rediscover my love of reading- I haven’t read a book for over 3 years!
    So pleased to discover you are writing a third can not wait!!!

  • Helen says:

    I have just finish “no child of mine” and it was the first of your books that i have read and i absolutely loved it ! normally i read historical and i fancied a change and im so glad i did, i have now got 6 more of your books to read and i have just ordered the second part of this one, had me hooked from the begining such a good read. Now onto the next one ! thankyou

    • Susan Lewis says:

      Hi Helen, it’s for me to thank you for such lovely words about this book. And for going out and buying 6 more!!! I really hope you enjoy them, and that Don’t Let Me Go (sequel to No Child of Mine) proves every bit as satisfying for you. I hope so, because I’m currently planning a third 🙂

      • Helen says:

        Oh wow thats brilliant i shall look forward to it, really enjoying don’t let me go it came very quickly and i cant put it down, just like the first one !

  • cheryll says:

    Have just read no child of mine. I have never been so emotionally drained. Your books really are fantastic I’ve never read a bad one, I keep turning and turning the pages. The story has being going round in my mind when at work and I’m not reading it. Just ordered sequel,can’t wait as didn’t realise there was one until I went to order another books. Thank you.x

  • Isobel says:

    I was recommended these 2 books by a friend, and Wow
    what a read, I could not put the both down, and read them in 3 days. the subject is shocking, but Alex is the person you need in a crisis. I completely lost myself in both books.


  • Katherine says:

    My story is similar to Liv, in that I found the book at an airport on my way to Turkey for a family holiday and i’m 17, looking to be a social worker in child protection. It is books like these that I feel are real eye openers, especially to some of the horrendous situations people all around the world and even in much closer proximity to us that people are in. It also gave an insight into some of the realities of being a social worker, and prepared me further for them. I loved how the story alternated between the story of Otillie and Alex, and I found myself struggling to ever put it down. I was gutted to come to the end of it and have just ordered both the sequel, and more of your books online. Really amazing and thought provoking book, and I can’t wait to read more!!
    Katherine x

    • Susan Lewis says:

      Such lovely words, Katherine. Thank you so much. It’s absolutely wonderful that you are thinking about becoming a social worker. There are far too many children in Ottilie’s position, as you know, and they all need someone like Alex (you) to be there for them. I wish you the very best of luck with your chosen career – and I really hope you enjoy the sequel to this book.

  • Liv says:

    Hi, my name is Liv, I have read ‘No Child of Mine’ and ‘Don’t let me go’ over the summer and could not put the books down, absolutely loved them. I feel these books have been incredibly powerful to me and thought I should share this. I picked up ‘No Child of Mine’ in Manchester Airport on my way to Romania to spend a week in 3 different children’s homes. At the beginning of the week I had no idea what I wanted to do in my life and by the end (having finished the book) I was inspired to become a social worker. I am currently preparing my personal statement for university and hope to eventually work in child protection.
    Thank You so much x

    • Susan Lewis says:

      Wow Liv, this is a very moving message to receive. I think it’s marvellous that you’re choosing to use your career to protect children. Can there actually be a better one? I wish you the greatest of success and the strongest of hearts as I’m it won’t be easy at times, but at others it must sure be one of the most rewarding jobs in the world. Good luck and do stay in touch. Susan

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