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.
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Playing Nice will haunt you long after the last page.
“This is a story about two broken families determined to heal.”
This is how Peter Riley begins a feature article describing what has happened to his family. He’s wrong. He’s very wrong.
Peter and Maddie’s lives begin to fall apart when Miles Lambert arrives at their door and announces that he and his wife Lucy are the legal parents (he has a DNA test to prove it) of two year old Theo Riley. Miles and Lucy’s son David, who is developmentally delayed, belongs to Peter and Maddie.
What follows is an unsuccessful attempt to reconcile very different lives without causing damage to two innocent young boys. Playing Nice takes us through what we hope is a greatly fictionalized description of psychologists, social workers and the court system. There is no way to anticipate how this story will end. Part tragedy, part mystery, part character study and totally mesmerizing, Playing Nice will haunt you long after the last page. 5 stars.
Thank you to NetGalley, Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine and JP Delaney for this ARC.