It seems easy to blame others for what you've done wrong, and expect everyone else to pick up the pieces, yet this is the distinct impression you get from the author.
Unfortunately, looking at one version of the 'truth' through rose tinted glasses has become the norm these days.
The very thing this book lacks is one essential quality I've not seen from either of these parents.
That's called humility.
As a former police officer I have my own theories.
And as a father of 2 I never abandoned my kids. Now David Cameron has ordered Scotland Yard to re-investigate the case. What about all the other missing children and young people? If this is the standard the Prime Minister sets then what About Keith Bennett?
Firstly why would two parents who have never left their child home alone, do so in a foreign country? Secondly, why choose a holiday company that provides a baby sitting service but do not use that service? There is one piece in this book that makes my stomach churn, when Kate realises Madeleine is missing she says to her husband "someone has stolen Madeleine, she has been sedated". How on earth would she know this??? Why would Madeleine's dress have made her fall prey to a paedophile? I also find it hard to stomach that parents of a missing child can remain so cold and emotionless. Kate's answer is that the authorities told them not to show any emotion, I would argue that any parent on finding there child missing would find it difficult not to show emotion. Where was the emotion when they were named as chief suspects?
Some parts of this book are irrelevant, like the part about their sex lives taking a back seat, do we need to know this information?
I found this book raises more questions than giving an insight into this tragic event.
1) Why Kate McCan refuse to asnwer 48 questions posed to her the the Portuguese police?
2) Why the Madeleine fund was put into a business account rather than a charity which could then be audited for expenditures
Instead, I got to read how "great" Gerry is, how their sex life went down hill afterwards, which is understandable, yet loses the true focus, or at least what should be the true focus.
I have recently read that this book coincides with the recent decline in the finances for "searching for Madeleine".
A regretable purchase, that I can't help feel cheated by. Thoroughly self-indulgant,with no admissions of at least partial responsibility.
I don't know which side of the fence I sit on but I am worried as to why this was written. Will this help to find Madeleine? Really?
I regretted reading it because it pulls at the heart strings and does not stop in a shamelss constant way. Couple that with the angry tones that Kate pours all over the page I felt exhausted.
You have already heard all of the pertinent information you need from the news and most of the rest of the book from the hundreds of TV and newspaper interviews so the question is; do you buy it, falling for a shameless tug at your heart strings, or do you borrow it from the library? Be warned; it is an angry book.
Vanished - which I thought was pretty fair-minded, analysing closely the more lurid suggestions
about the disappearance of the girl, but also holding the parents accountable for their behaviour.
Unsurprisingly, what comes across in this book is a lot of criticism of other people, but not much
of themselves. There were lots of suggestions made about the McCanns which will never be
verified, but the one that they left their very young daughter in the apartment whilst they were out
wining and dining each night is for some people (clearly not all) an uncomfortable fact.
There is a lot of anger in this book and a lot of self-pity, but almost no admission of having done
anything wrong themselves. The McCanns took a hostile approach to any criticism almost from
the start, channeling money into private PR experts, lawyers and detectives, suing newspapers for
vast sums of money. Has the money that people all over the world, but particularly in the UK,
kindly donated been well spent? How has it been spent? How is it accounted for and how much
have the donors been told about it? How much has been spent on public relations, how much on
investigation? For the expensive lawyers and PR people and private investigators it has been a pay
day, for the McCanns it presumably helps towards their expenses, protects them against questioning
and provides welcome positive media coverage, but what are the results in terms of the search for
Obviously the McCanns are unlikely now to change tack and this book, its content, tone and
marketing are as strident and defensive as one would expect. It will bring in money and readers
will be moved, some by the McCanns' emotional outpouring, all by the loss of the child. There
should be recognition ,though, of why quite a number of people - if the reviews, comments and
internet posts are a measure - feel sorry for the disappearance of Madeleine, but continue to find
the parents unsympathetic.
The book is a very intense and difficult read, whatever one's point of view of the case. The author
shares what she wants to share with the reader. The account has been scripted to be very emotional,
but it is also very guarded.
There should be some common ground in sorrow for what happened to Maddie, but people's views
on her parents are likely to become even more polarised following its publication. In the end people
will believe what they think is true and no amount of suing and paying for PR and book publishing
will change their mind.