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She thought they wanted her baby. But they won’t stop there.
Roz is young, penniless and pregnant. All she wants is to be the perfect mother to her child, but the more she thinks about her own chaotic upbringing, the more certain she is that the best life for her baby is as far away as possible from her hometown in Ireland.
Determined to do the right thing, Roz joins an elite adoption service and can’t believe her luck. Within days she is jetting to New York to meet a celebrity power couple desperate for a child of their own. Sheridan and Daniel are wealthy and glamorous—everything Roz isn’t. Her baby will never go hungry, and will have every opportunity for the perfect life. But soon after Roz moves into their plush basement suite, she starts to suspect that something darker lurks beneath the glossy surface of their home.
When Roz discovers she isn’t the first person to move in with the couple, and that the previous woman has never been seen since, alarm bells start ringing. As the clock ticks down to her due date, Roz realises her unborn baby may be the only thing keeping her alive, and that despite her best intentions, she has walked them both into the perfect nightmare…
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
When Roz a young catholic woman living in Ireland finds herself pregnant abortion isn’t an option that she can consider and neither is the thought of bringing a child up herself. So when Roz searches the internet for a solution she discovers a web site where couples will pay all expenses for a young expectant mother, plus a little on top, to have her baby and let them adopt it. The agency seems pretty good so she puts all her details down about who she is, with a little tweaking to make it look better.
When she is contacted by a couple who have star ratings, which means they are famous someway, she can only see the perfect life for her unborn child with them. The couple has very dodgy criteria for the expectant mother to be chosen. Well stary eyed Roz being determined to be picked makes herself fit them all but she is like a square peg in a round hole. A deal is struck and she is soon flying across the Atlantic to the USA, the mystery couple and the unknown.
The story jumps between the characters, mainly Roz and Sheridan the woman wanting Roz’s baby where I found out more about them both. Sheridan makes for some really disturbing reading while I found I just couldn’t take to Roz. I was horrified at the situation that she had become part of but that was all. There are surprises and twists to this story that I thought I had worked out but it did catch me out.
This is another direction change for this author from supernatural heart stoppers, to dark police procedural belters to this suspenseful edgy novel that had me giving advice to characters whose destinies had already been written. Caroline Mitchell is an unstoppable super talent.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
An international #1 and New York Times, USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author, Caroline originates from Ireland and now lives with her family on the coast of Essex. A former police detective, Caroline has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high-risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences. She now writes full time, with over a million books sold.
As well as her crime series, Caroline also writes stand-alone psychological thrillers. The most recent, Silent Victim reached the Amazon number 1 spot in the UK, US and Australia and won first place as best psychological thriller in the US Reader’s Favourite Awards. Her previous thriller, Witness, was shortlisted for the International Thriller Awards in New York. She has also been shortlisted for ‘Best Procedural’ in the Killer Nashville awards. Her crime thriller, Truth And Lies recently became a No.1 New York Times best seller and has been optioned for TV. Her works have been translated worldwide and her book, The Silent Twin, has been converted as an interactive app in the Chapters Interactive game.