Playing Nice

A Novel

    • 4.3 • 254 Ratings
    • $12.99
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Publisher Description

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.

Mysteries & Thrillers
July 28
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Rstrapp ,

Suspenseful and unpredictable

Well written, with the signature twists and turns of a J.P. Delaney novel. Despite a rather prudish, and perhaps intentionally obtuse, treatment of women’s porn-viewing habits (or implied lack there of) and a prudish treatment of porn and alcohol consumption in general, Delaney, as always, doesn’t pull any punches and his characters are fearlessly written.

leahkirsten ,


Enjoyed this book but definitely took a while to get into.

Mlawyer112 ,


My Review:

Hands down the best book of the summer!!!!! You are not going to find a better read than this one. You will not be able to put this one down. You will read it in one sitting. This is my first book by this author and I can’t wait to read more.

This book was about two couples who babies got switched at birth but didn’t find out until two years later. That alone had me hooked. What a storyline it was!!!!! How were these couples going to resolve this? Can they resolve it peacefully? Does the courts need to intervene? Who switched the babies? Was it on purpose? Was it a horrible mistake? You find out this and so much more.

I can’t say enough good things about this book. I loved the whole entire book. There’s not a bad thing I can say about this book. I just loved the storyline and all the characters were just right. All of it meshed so well together especially the characters. Each of them had a specific trait to them that matched perfectly to make the whole book great. Let’s talk about the ending. Wow, wow, wow, it was so unexpected and through me for a loop. It was definitely the perfect ending to the perfect book.

Between the plot, characters and all the twists in this book it made it an easy and fast read. I would definitely recommend it and happily give it 5 Hearts❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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