Dawn Barker (UK/AUS)
Let Her Go
How do two sisters share a child they both created? Child psychiatrist Dawn Barker returns with her latest psychological suspense.
Zoe McAllister boards a ferry to Rottnest Island in the middle of winter huddling a baby – a child that she didn’t give birth to - close to her chest. She is frightened that her husband, Lachlan, will find her, or that her stepsister Nadia, the birth mother will call the police.
Three years earlier, 34-year-old Zoe has found out she can never have children because of a chronic medical illness that has left her infertile. At her stepfather’s 60th birthday party, she blurts out her story to her step sister Nadia. Nadia who has three children is devastated, and despite reservations by her husband, Eddie, she offers to be an egg donor and surrogate mother for Zoe.
During Nadia’s pregnancy, the psychological impact of the surrogacy becomes clear: while Zoe is excited, she battles with feelings of envy and failure; Nadia tries to remain detached from the pregnancy but knows she is beginning to bond with the baby she is carrying.
Towards the end of the pregnancy, Zoe gets a call to say that Nadia is unwell and the baby must be born early. Zoe’s husband Lachlan is working away on the goldmines and misses the birth, but they are both thrilled when baby Louise is born. Everything seems perfect but who really owns Louise?