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The author of the book: Julie Frayn
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Date of issue: May 20th 2014
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Language: English
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Read this book! Right there is my review done, next? No, seriously I have a lot to say about this book. What an incredibly powerful and important novel this is. I absolutely loved reading it, loved the message in it and pretty much every single thing about it. I tackled this book late at night and wanted to finish it in one go, but my sleepy eyelids got the best of me, I was keen to grab it the next day and finish it off.

This will be tough to write without a lot of spoilers, but I will do my best!

Mazie is living in a complex and scary marriage to a man who after years of being the man of her dreams, the love of her life has turned to drink and has become increasingly more abusive, both emotionally and physically.

She is living with a monster.

Mazie is but a shadow of the woman she used to be, now she's an expert in walking on eggshells, under the full control of trying to not trigger one of her husband's vile outbursts. They are getting more frequent and more dangerous. She knows if she does not act she is going to be one of those domestic abuse statistics found dead. Under duress she manages to dig deep and find the strength to want more for her life.
Her head hurt. She was tired of waiting for him to come home. To tell her what to do, what to think, who she was or wasn't allowed to speak to. The book flashes back to better times, Mazie meeting her husband and falling in love, before he changed to the dark side, before he became the violent, frightening, selfish man that he is now. Not easy that you know? Watching someone you love completely change, your heart smashed in pieces as it happens. I tell you, this is deep stuff written well.

Mazie has been thinking about getting away, it's not easy, her husband is very controlling of where she is and what she is doing all the time. He's a horrid character, the one you will love to hate, I could taste the fear when he came home from work like Mazie and her daughter, Ariel did, oh yes, I was on eggshells too just reading.
Ariel froze in place, glanced at her mother then averted her eyes and stared at her feet. A guilty ache jabbed Mazie's heart. Ariel was mirroring her own actions, had probably seen Mazie in that same stance so many times. It was her coping mechanism. But she had no idea that Ariel was watching. Maybe it was ingrained in all women, that apologetic, guilty response. Even though they'd done nothing to deserve it. Hell, maybe it was genetic.
Classic thinking in this situation. Your whole outlook and view is skewed after years of domestic violence and emotional abuse. Mazie is no exception.

Mazie hits breaking point when her husband, this ugly coward of a man begins to turn his anger, violence and foul thinking towards her daughter Ariel, who is thirteen years old. That's the last straw, nobody messes with this Mama or her much loved daughter.

Mazie has been clever and has kept photographic evidence of her abuse over the years, it's disturbing to read when it's happening BUT it's a powerful novel because real women are living in these exact situations and it's not easy to "just leave", it's complex on a million levels. Julie Frayn has beautifully addressed this huge issue and broke open doors of silence. Be educated for certain as you read. Powerful stuff.

Here is the important bit, ready?

Mazie snaps one day, she's reached the end of the line, it's the straw that breaks the camel's back and what happens next literally had my jaw on the ground and my head in a spin and my heart in all directions. I was blown away by Julie's writing and sheer willingness TO GO THERE. Phew! It was amazing stuff and I was left reeling from it.

From this moment everything changes for Mazie and her daughter and she has to get away from the home and all the terrors it brings them, she's got to find a way to start a new life and rebuild what has been torn down.

The plot is fantastic, the first part of the book has a different feel to the latter, but it's purposeful. You can't read the first half of the book without feeling emotional and drawn in. I was eager to turn pages, I was right there with Mazie, I was wanting so many good things for her to happen. It was like watching a friend go through it. The bruises, the "accidents", the broken bones....horrific and very, very real.

Mazie's character is light and shade, the Mazie we meet at the start is not the one we meet at the end of the book. I loved her courage under duress, I loved her ability to rise up no matter what, I loved HER. I loved her character so much. Her daughter is thirteen going on eighteen, yet at times so young and fragile, you can't live in a home seeing and being part of domestic violence and not grow up too fast. It's heartbreaking, what's beautiful is the love Mazie has for her daughter and how far she will go to protect her.

There are some very powerful scenes in this book, you can't help but be drawn in by them, some may find them slightly upsetting, don't let it put you off, this book has so much to offer. It will stay with me for a long time.

There are some great peripheral characters too, but to delve into them might dip into spoiler territory, you will meet them on the way if you read this book too and I encourage you to read it, it's a fantastic read, whilst it's dealing with a difficult subject, it's also entertaining fiction, readable, digestible, memorable.

I loved the last few chapters, where they are set and the way it is written (again I can't spoil it for you), but it's done really well and I was on the edge of my seat wanting to see where things were going to end up. I had my GO MAZIE placard waving all around!

I was so keen to read this book I requested a copy of it from the author, Julie Frayn. I am so happy I did that and got to read and review this incredible novel, it needs more exposure this book, it should be on more bookshelves and getting a lot more reviews. Not to remain buried treasure in literary land. Thank you Julie for sharing this book with me and the characters within, I loved their story.

I recommend this book without second thought, if you like an emotionally charged novel that touches on real life issues, if you like your female characters strong, gutsy and likeable, if you want to read something that has a message in it, depth, not just pop fiction - here it is.

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Ebook Mazie Baby read Online! Julie Frayn pens award-winning novels and short stories that pack a punch. And a few stabs. When not working or writing, Julie spend as much time as possible with her babies. Well, they’re grown adults now, but they still think she’s cool. Right kids? Right? Hello?

In grade school, Julie was a math whiz, loved to write stories and poems in English class, and had an artistic flair for pencil drawings and pen and ink pointillism. When it came time to choose a career, she was torn between three loves. Her artistic brain ached to create. But her practical side, and the need to eat, won out. She devoted her career to numbers. She counts beans by day, but still revels in the written word.

Reviews of the Mazie Baby


Another one-time book, but it was interesting.


Another one-time book


This is a very predictable author. When you get a book for free, you can read it. The intrigue is present, the unbundling is clear.


A hard, shocking, but extremely useful book that makes you think!


I really hated the book.

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