On a cold winter's night, a heavily pregnant teenage girl appears at a London hospital. She refuses to give her name, and gives birth to a baby girl. But immediately after the birth, she disappears, leaving the baby alone in the hospital. The child, named Dani after the midwife who delivered her, is put up for adoption.
Twelve years later Dani is living with a foster family. A vulnerable and unworldly girl, Dani is an inconvenience and always being blamed for things that aren't her fault. After being wrongly accused of performing an act of petty childish spite, Dani is sent to a children's home. The home is full of difficult children, who bully and victimise Dani. Terrified of both the children and the grown-ups, she runs away.
Dani spends several nights on the streets of London, begging for food. When a stranger offers her something to eat and a place to sleep, she accepts gratefully. But what she does not know is that this man is a brutal pimp who tries to drag Dani into a violent, drug-fuelled world of prostitution. Soon she is plunged into an unimaginable nightmare of abuse that she truly believes will never end.
But there is one person out there searching for Dani; one person who has her best interests at heart; one person who will do anything to save her. It's just a matter of whether she can find her in time…
This was the second Jane Elliott book I read, the first being 'Sadie' which I thought was so good she couldn't possibly write anything better, but she did and it's 'Mummy's Little Girl'. This book blew me away.
I don't even know where to begin with reviewing this book. I felt so many emotions I didn't even know I had whilst reading it, even somebody made of stone would shed a tear at this!
There isn't much I want to say about this book because I don't want to give any of it away. The characters were believable, Elliott makes you feel so close to where all the action is taking place and you could picture the scene so vividly you could almost be in the same room. My heart was racing a few times towards the end of the book. The book deals with issues that not many people would like to touch on and I think this is what makes it such a good read.
The twist at the end was no surprise, but that didn't spoil the book at all. I suggest that do whatever you can right now to go and buy this book, I promise you will love it.
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