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Minding Children by William Wall
Published by Sceptre, 2001

Josephine Strane is an Irish teenager who works as a childminder. On the outside a calm, normal girl, she is in fact a very disturbed individual damaged by her own childhood. The reader is torn between feeling pity for the young woman and horror at the way in which she terrorizes the young children in her care and wrecks havoc on the families who employ her. The scary thing is how plausible her stories and explanations seem and how she can manipulate parents in believing her and ignoring the signs that all is not well.

Josephine Strane is every parent’s worst nightmare - a frightening possibility.
A disturbing read that holds your attention the whole way through.

Reviewed by a Clare County Library staff member.