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This book chilled me deep into my core. I found myself trembling late at night when I finally finished the book. The ending of the story would stay with me for a long time just imagining that scene and its repercussions.

A new mother with 3 children and no sleep with post natal depression and memory lapses made a soul crushing discovery one morning when she found her 2 month old child dead. Was it crib death or foul play?

Author T J Stimson has done a brilliant job making me run around in circles suspecting everyone. I loved the way each character appeared guilty; they definitely had their secrets. The characters around the mother sometimes appeared so supportive, and then there would be a truth released about them which would make me go back to suspecting them.

The plot had 2 stories running in 2 different timelines, and oh, I did think I knew it all and I felt quite righteous. But I wasn’t. I guessed one part of the story, the other was a shock!! I loved the way the author has fitted the pieces of subplots, because it was that end picture which made me want to run away and escape the truth. The reality of that truth exposed in the finale was chilling.

Evil is found everywhere, sometimes more closer to home, isn’t it?

Overall, I loved the book because it affected me badly and has still kept me in its grips, hours after reading it. The plot may seem familiar, but it has its twists. The ending though guess-able, still blew me away. Ah, definitely unputdownable!!

I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Avon, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!

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Have you been scared of a book where you know that it happens but you don’t want to face the truth?

Tess Stimson is the British author of ten novels, including top-ten bestseller The Adultery Club, and two non-fiction books, which between them have been translated into dozens of languages.

Her first “proper” job after graduating from St Hilda’s College, Oxford (where she read English) was as a news trainee with ITN (Independent Television News). She reported and produced regional and world stories, travelling to hotspots and war-zones all over the globe.

In 2002, she was appointed Professor of Creative Writing at the University of South Florida and moved to the US. She now lives and works in Vermont with her husband, Erik, their three children, and (at the last count) two cats, three fish, one gerbil and a large number of bats in the attic.

With three children under ten, Maddie is struggling. On the outside, she’s a happy young mother, running a charity as well as a household. But inside, she’s exhausted. She knows she’s lucky to have to have a support network around her. Not just her loving husband, but her family and friends too.

But is Maddie putting her trust in the right people? Because when tragedy strikes, she is certain someone has hurt her child – and everyone is a suspect, including Maddie herself…

The characters in this book are about to discover that looks can be deceiving… because anyone is capable of terrible things. Even the most innocent, even you.

Publication Date: 18th April 2019

Publisher: Avon

42 Responses

  1. Sooooo not for me!! Lol
    But I think your review is great and I love that it totally gripped and scared you! Hmm.. what kind of friend am I when I admit I’m glad something scared you??? 😂😂😂❤️❤️

  2. I can never do books like this. You’re a brave soul!! It’s funny, because I don’t like children… But, books about a dead child??… I know how devastating that would be. I’m glad you enjoyed it. It definitely sounds like a crazy read!

    1. Ooooh dead child was the okay part in the Book, ending is chilling when secrets are revealed. That shook me. Even when I had guessed the ending, maybe the author’s way of writing caught me

  3. Woot – 5-stars! Love your review – but the book scares me some, I fear heart-bruising and sleeplessness as a result 😉 which makes me want it 😉

    1. It was very very good and the ending raises my goosebumps as I write this comment.. Even though I had guessed the ending. But it was something else

  4. I can’t decide if this sounds creepily good or creepily bad. I don’t like to be scared, but I do love getting pulled into a story and having it stick with me long after I’ve finished it. So, it’s better you got scared than me. Hehe. Another great review, Shalini! 🙂

    1. Thank you darling. Sent you link of this book on mail. When I think Jody = I feel only love so even when you are not online, you are in my heart. That is the truth ❤️

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