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This was a slow burner suspense where things came to the zenith only in the last 70%. The shocks were plentiful, and that made reading enthralling.
Flora wanted to be a mother and life was beautiful when Beckie was adopted by them. But she had been taken from the Johnsons for negligence by the courts and they wanted her back. Flora and her husband Alec moved away, changed their names, yet the Johnsons followed.
My first book by author Jane Renshaw, I loved knowing the loving family that Beckie had. The author’s writing brought the threat of Johnsons alive in the words. The book exploded in the last half which had me at the edge of the seat.
And the reveal at the end had me gasping in joy at the way the psychological games were played by all of them. Secrets were cleverly hidden until the end which made it rocking. But there were 2 serious niggles. The dialogues of one of the characters was written with Scottish accent so I didn’t understand most words. The glossary at the end was difficult to refer to in an ebook. And the work F**k was used 505 times.
The last part blew me away so that made it worthwhile. Recommended with a caution.
I received a free ARC from NetGalley and publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.
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Flora always dreamed of the day she’d become a mother. But some dreams turn into nightmares.
Flora and Neil are happily married, but they can’t have children so decide to adopt. And when Flora meets little Beckie it’s love at first sight. Deep in her heart, she knows they’re meant for each other, destined to be mother and daughter.
When Flora officially becomes Beckie’s mum, it’s like a part of her that’s always been missing is finally in place. She is complete, every day filled with purpose and joy.
There’s only one problem. Beckie was taken from her birth family, the Johnsons, because they have a history of violence and criminal behaviour and so are judged to be unfit to care for a child.
But the Johnsons don’t agree. As far as they’re concerned, Flora has stolen their little girl and they are determined to get her back. They’re very smart, utterly ruthless – and they have a plan. One that will turn Flora’s life into a living hell and push her to the very edge of insanity.
Publication Date: February 2020