Review of ‘Playing Nice’ by JP Delaney

Thanks to NetGalley and Quercus for the ARC of this book.

This is one of the best thrillers I have ever read. It is both absolutely compelling and excruciatingly painful to read. It is brilliantly written and deftly covers so many sensitive issues. I’m absolutely in awe at the author’s skill in writing something so fast-paced and thought-provoking.

It is the story of Pete and Maddie who discover the two year son they have been raising was swapped in the hospital and their biological son is being raised by another family. The book follows their attempts to have a civil relationship with the other couple and find an arrangement which is best for both children. However, it is not long before things start to go horribly wrong.

I could not put this book down! It was uncomfortably fascinating to imagine yourself in their position and what you would do if you had to choose between the child you have loved for 2 years and your biological child.

Delaney descriptions of the difficult situations which parents find themselves in including emergency C-sections, neo-natal care, postpartum psychosis and dealing with violent children and brilliantly drawn and very realistic. I found so much of the book fascinating and moving.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Go and read it!

Review of ‘Every Vow You Break’ by Peter Swanson

Thanks to NetGalley and Faber and Faber for the ARC of this book.

I really enjoy Peter Swanson’s books, he writes entertaining, twisty psychological thrillers. His latest follows a newly-married couple honeymooning on a luxurious island off the coast of Maine where everything is not quite as perfect as it at first seems. I found it a fun read but a bit silly and not quite as subtle as usual for Swanson’s writing.

I enjoyed the fact that Swanson stepped out of his comfort zone and made the villain male rather than the cold hearted woman he so often favours.

I don’t think this is Swanson’s best book but is fast-paced and readable and keeps you guessing up to its slightly daft ending. It also feels quite of the moment with a #metoo undercurrent to the plot.