Published by Atria Books on October 16th 2018
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Fans of women’s fiction, mysteries and domestic dramas should enjoy this book which delves into the darker side of adoption. Jessica Chamberlain and her husband, Evan are separated parents of two sons. When Evan fails to pick up the boys after school one day, Jessica is both annoyed and concerned as Evan has changed his work schedule, so he can pick them up. Then she receives devastating news which is only the beginning. Soon, Jessica learns that her husband had secrets which involved their youngest son, secrets concerning his adoption, and that her husband has been secretly in contact with their son’s birth mother for years.
The book becomes Jessica’s quest for the truth as she stumbles upon her husband’s secrets, the reader is also shown some interesting statistics which caused me to question and guess what they were and their relevance to the story. Obviously, there is mystery here, but I also appreciated how the author showed that some may not want contact with/from the birth parents, while another person would welcome it. I thought this was done in a non-judgement style and fit nicely into the story-line.
I also appreciated how the Author showed grief and how it affects various family members and how children hear more than we think and are good at doing their own detective work. This book has just enough mystery to keep the pages turning. There is a little bit of a reveal at the end which I did not find to be too shocking. I began to become suspicious of one character but did not guess why this character was setting off my red flags.
This book is not what I would call fast paced but grief and learning with and coping with unsettling news is not fast paced. I found the reactions of the characters to be realistic and spot on. This was a well thought out book that comes to its conclusion nicely – nothing feels rushed nor dragged on in this book. Thought provoking and compelling book about adoption, secrets, relationships, and the search for the truth.
Thank you to Atria Books and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.