'Thoughtful, tense and affecting' Ashley Audrain
'[A] tense, emotional story about racial identity, loss and betrayal' Daily Mail 'Fiction books to watch in 2023'
This tense and emotional novel follows the fallout after two women's eggs are switched during IVF.
TWO WOMEN. ONE BABY. A FIGHT LIKE NO OTHER.
Katherine has everything under control.
After years of struggling to conceive with her partner, Patrick, she finally gives birth to Rose, her IVF miracle child. But she's afraid that Rose may not be her daughter, her pale skin not matching Katherine's own.
Tess never got her happy ending.
Just like Katherine, she was also a hopeful IVF mother, but her daughter, Hanna, was stillborn. Now divorced, broke and stuck in a dead-end job, she's beginning to lose all hope.
But when Rose is ten months old, both women get a call from the fertility clinic. There was a mistake: their eggs were switched.
It will take a custody battle like no other to decide who will get to be Rose's mother – a battle that will push them both to the brink...
This is a story about what it means to be a mother, and the lengths we go to for the people we love.
'[A] tense, emotional story about racial identity, loss and betrayal'
Daily Mail 'Fiction books to watch in 2023'
'Thoughtful, tense and affecting'
Ashley Audrain, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Push
'An absorbing and engaging novel that twists the heart'
Rachel Hore, Sunday Times bestselling author of A Beautiful Spy
'Breathtakingly taut, unflinching and poignant'
Marissa Stapley, New York Times bestselling author of LUCKY
'Compelling and thought-provoking ... A page-turner'
Charmaine Wilkerson, New York Times bestselling author of Black Cake
'A tender exploration of secrets, loss, and motherhood'
Lolá Ákínmádé Åkerström, international bestselling author of In Every Mirror She's Black
'A future classic'
Leah Hazard, Sunday Times bestselling author of Hard Pushed: A Midwife's Story
'Will break your heart'
Julie Ma, author of Richard and Judy selected debut Happy Families
'A gripping, thorny premise that explores motherhood and its primal tug. It's twisty and forensic but also wise and moving'
Beth Morrey, author of Em & Me and the Sunday Times bestseller Saving Missy.
Carr's moving latest (following 2017's The Stories We Tell) traces a custody battle between two women whose eggs were switched during fertility treatments. After years of trying to conceive, Katherine Matheson and her husband Patrick finally have a child, Rose, who's now almost a year old. Rose is very fair, which has always made Katherine, a mixed-race Black woman, feel self-conscious. Tess Sokolowski, who dropped out of college after a date rape and subsequent abortion, relies heavily on alcohol to drown her sorrows. Her IVF treatments—undertaken after her divorce, at the same clinic as Katherine's—ended in the loss of her stillborn daughter. When Irene, the IVF nurse for both women, suddenly confesses that she purposely swapped their eggs, Tess is overjoyed to learn she has a biological child and reaches out to the Mathesons in hopes of working out a custody agreement. But Katherine is terrified of losing Rose and refuses, leaving the matter to be settled by the courts. As the story unfolds, both women contend with secrets that could destroy their claim to Rose. Though the setup provides enough drama to fuel this page-turner, Carr throws in several over-the-top twists that threaten to derail the proceedings. Still, readers will be transfixed.