Everything can change in a heartbeat …
The pulse-pounding new thriller from the bestselling author of You Don’t Know Me
Lainey’s friend Ellis is missing. And she’s not the only one.
In the six months since the first case of a terrifying new epidemic—when a healthy baby wouldn’t take a breath at birth—the country has been thrown into turmoil. The government has passed sweeping new laws to monitor all citizens. And several young pregnant women have vanished without trace.
As a midwife, Lainey’s mum, Emma, is determined to be there for those who need her. But when seventeen-year-old Lainey finds herself in trouble, this dangerous new world becomes very real. The one person who might help is Emma’s estranged mother, but reaching out to her will put them all in jeopardy …
The Hush is a new breed of near-future thriller, an unflinching look at a society close to tipping point and a story for our times, highlighting the power of female friendship through a dynamic group of women determined to triumph against the odds.
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This middling dystopian thriller from Foster (The Hidden Hours) presents a disturbing near future in which the people of Britain, wracked by climate change, food shortages, Covid, and lockdowns, are dominated by a government relentlessly seeking power through surveillance and population control. London midwife Emma Aitken, a single mother, is exhausted physically and mentally by a dismaying wave of stillbirths when her unmarried 17-year-old daughter, Lainey, discovers she's pregnant. Emma and Lainey each struggle to overcome their lethal environment, while the government passes restrictive laws to closely monitor ordinary citizens. As crises mount and Lainey is threatened by Liam, a schoolmate whose father is a powerful politician, she turns for support to her loyal girlfriend and Emma's mother, a human rights lawyer. Meanwhile, Emma contends with toxic hospital staff and regulations, and bereaved mothers she cannot help. Unfortunately, sisterhood triumphs too easily against conventionally dastardly villains, and the action builds to a facile denouement. The execution doesn't do justice to the concept of this dystopian what if.