BABY By Annaleese Jochems


Cynthia is twenty one, bored and deperately waiting for something big to happen. Her striking fitness instructor, Anahera, is ready to throw in the towel on herjob and marriage. With stolen money and a dog in tow they run away and buy ‘baby’, an old boat docked in a beautiful bay, where Cynthia dreams they will live in a state of love. But strange events on an empty island turn their life together in a different direction.

Baby is a sunburnt psychological thriller of obsession and escape by one of the most exciting new voices in New Zealand fiction.


I have to say i really, really struggled with this the first few chapters i was really waiting for something to happen, it was just so slow, so Cynthia steals money from her father and her and Anahera buy a boat named ‘Baby’. But now they have no money so what can they do. Cynthia comes up with an idea that she thinks will make them money. The dog named ‘snot head’ is obviously seasick, Anahera clearly doesn’t like the dog and already chinks are starting to show.

I just dont really know what to say about the book, it’s not my usual read, but then it is, as i like psychological thrillers, but this one just had me baffled, i couldn’t work out half the time what was going on. I mean one minute Anahera is married and Cynthia’s Yoga teacher and the next they are on a boat, which Cynthia dreams she is going to be on forever with Anahera, I think Cynthia seemed to live in some reality television type world.

I was grateful to pigeonhole for letting me read along with others this book, but I have to say it was one I didn’t finish and I really hate saying this but it just wasn’t for me. I cannot fault the writing, the story just didn’t grab me as it should have done, and I have so many books to read and felt why was I making myself read something I just wasn’t enjoying.

I am sure there are lots of people who will read this and think it is great, but that just wasn’t my feeling, I read to the half way point and that was it. I couldn’t even bond with characters and for me I really want to feel something for them, may be the dog ‘snot head’ not even sure why he was called that but when Cynthia took him and just left him behind, I felt for him.

I will give the book ⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ because the writing is good, I just didn’t get the story. But this is just my opinion and we all feel differently over books.

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