Their children are friends first. They instantly hit it off, as only kids do.
So the parents are forced to get to know each other.
But as they get closer, they start to take their eyes off their children.
And while they have been looking the other way, evil has crept in.
Every parent’s worst nightmare is about to come true…
I can honestly say I’ve never read another book like this one – it’s the perfect mixture of warm and friendly on the surface while evil lurks below . . .
Three families, all from very different walks of like get to know each other through their children and friendships are struck; as they begin to spend more and more time together they focus more on each other and less on the children. Recipe for disaster? What do you think?
I warmed to this novel very quickly; I can only imagine that a lot of work went into making this such an easy read. The characters are all very different and each family has their own particular style of parenting. There is plenty happening and the story builds piece by piece, with suspense mounting throughout. A gripping read, well written and it certainly kept my attention all the way from beginning to end. Some of the revelations shocked me, others I had an inkling about. Even so, this is well worth four stars and a good recommendation.
My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: women’s psychological fiction
- Format: ebook, paperback, audiobook
- Size: 384 pages
- Publisher: Penguin
- Publication Date: 20 February 2020
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- W. H. Smith
While working as a GP, Jane Shemilt completed a postgraduate diploma in Creative Writing at Bristol University and went on to study for the MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa, gaining both with distinction. Her first novel, Daughter, was selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club, shortlisted for the Edgar Award and the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, and went on to become the bestselling debut novel of 2014.
She and her husband, a professor of neurosurgery, have five children and live in Bristol.