Friday, December 18, 2020

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Playing Nice by JP Delaney

Playing Nice 

by JP Delaney

What if you found out that your family isn’t yours at all? How far would you go to protect them? A gripping new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of The Girl Before. . . .

“[JP] Delaney takes domestic suspense beyond its comfort zone.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

Pete Riley answers the door one morning and lets in a parent’s worst nightmare. On his doorstep is Miles Lambert, a stranger who breaks the devastating news that Pete’s son, Theo, isn’t actually his son—he is the Lamberts’, switched at birth by an understaffed hospital while their real son was sent home with Miles and his wife, Lucy. For Pete, his partner Maddie, and the little boy they’ve been raising for the past two years, life will never be the same again.
The two families, reeling from the shock, take comfort in shared good intentions, eagerly entwining their very different lives in the hope of becoming one unconventional modern family. But a plan to sue the hospital triggers an official investigation that unearths some disturbing questions about the night their children were switched. How much can they trust the other parents—or even each other? What secrets are hidden behind the Lamberts’ glossy front door? Stretched to the breaking point, Pete and Maddie discover they will each stop at nothing to keep their family safe.
They are done playing nice.

Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐

Playing Nice isn't my first read by JP Delaney, and I'll be honest, this author's books are a bit of a hit or miss for me. Nevertheless, the premise here sparked my interest, so I decided to try again. This isn't the first time I've seen the switched at birth storyline, and at the risk of dating myself, I'll admit that I remember the movie from the early 90s about that very thing. This one takes things a bit further and gets darker. The story does get twisted and Delaney surely knows his stuff when it comes to building tension and suspense. I'll skip the details so as not to give spoilers, but I will say that some of my favorite psychological thrillers mess with the reader's mind and keep them on their toes, and Playing Nice ranks right up there on both counts. 

❃❃ARC provided by NetGalley and Ballantine Books

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