Sunday, 8 May 2011

Recommended Title -- Madeleine by Kate McCann

I have decided that every so often I am going to do a blog post about books that have a special meaning to me, or have grabbed me in one way or another.

This week I have chosen "Madeleine" by Kate McCann. See my link on the left hand side. Madeleine was a 3 year old girl who went missing whilst on holiday in Portugal with her parents and her two younger siblings in 2007. Her parents Kate and Jerry, were just across the complex having something to eat, whilst they and their friends regularly checked on all the children. When they went to check on the children Madeleine had gone. She has never been seen since.

The McCanns come from Rothley in Leicestershire UK, and I work for the local police there. We have had an incident room running ever since. There have been several suspects which the Portugese police interviewed but they have all come to nothing. Could her disappearance have been handled better by the Portugese police? Maybe, but who can say?

Kate has written this book about Madeleine with all profits going to the Find Madeleine Appeal to raise funds for further searches. Please have a look at the site.

Quote from Kate McCann
“There are several different reasons as to why I finally came to the decision with my husband Gerry to write and publish this book,” said Kate McCann. “This decision has not been an easy one. Many factors needed to be given thorough and careful consideration, not least the impact of such a book on the lives of our three children. My reason for writing is simple; to give an account of the truth.
Publishing this book has been a very different decision and is one that we have taken after much deliberation and with a very heavy heart. However, in the last few months with the depletion of Madeleine’s Fund, it is a decision that has virtually been taken out of our hands.
Every penny we raise through its sales will be spent on our search for Madeleine. Nothing is more important to us than finding our little girl.”