Madeleine may be one of the most heartbreaking books you will ever read, telling as it does the haunting, true story of the disappearance of the pre-schooler days before her fourth birthday.

Written by her mother, Kate, it painstakingly retraces the family life of the McCann’s, husband Gerry and their three children, before and after tragedy struck when Madeleine went missing in 2007 while on holiday in Portugal.

The media coverage of the story was unprecedented but this book ends speculation over the thoughts, actions and reactions of those who knew her best. There is no happy ending - the story gets darker with the turning of every page – but it is impossible to walk away from this honest account unchanged. It sparks a need to know the truth.

Kate’s prayers that the book will help the Madeleine Fund have been answered as not only do all proceeds go towards the campaign but UK Prime Minister David Cameron recently launched a new police investigation into the case.

Taragh Loughrey-Grant