Deep and yet easy to read, Delaney uses his skills as a writer to totally absorb the reader into the often difficult world of losing children. Like his last book, Playing Nice, the characters face loss and the chance to rebuild their family.
A fifteen-year old child contacts her birth mother via social media. Her mother struggles with fertility and her husband lost his first child to illness and so both of them are keen to welcome the adopted daughter into their lives. But there are legal as well as other barriers that prevent this. Perhaps all isn't as it seems within this fantasy.
The story is simple and expertly told. Delaney is a very fine writer. However, at times it gets bogged down a little with the legal aspects and features of child psychology, which, while being interesting, could be reigned back a bit. Some points are repeated as well. It is told in short chapters from different perspectives, mainly the couple and the child. The husband's point of view is in the present tense, which does serve to differentiate him from the others but also to make his position immediate.
This is an enjoyable book, more of a domestic psychological suspense than a thriller, but the story is very engaging. I look forward to more work by JP Delaney.
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Published by Quercus on 15 September 2022.
Advanced review copy supplied by the publisher.
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