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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 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 a HAPPY PUBLICATION DAYI never intended to read this entire book in one day but once I started I could not walk away from itImagine someone showing up on your doorstep one day and explaining that your child the toddler you love and cherish isn t your biological childthat a mistake had been made at the hospital during a chaotic and traumatic delivery Being a mother both biologically and through adoption I found this book riveting thoughtful and terrifying The uestions regarding nature versus nurture and whether parenting is defined by biology or the heart were so personal for meJP Delaney can do no wrong in my eyes I love everything he has ever written including under his pseudonyms and this is his best to date without uestionAnd don t worry there is plenty in here to keep the attention of those of us who need a little thriller in our booksThank you to JP Delany Random House Publishing Group Ballantine and NetGalley for giving me this book in exchange for an honest review

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T 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 againThe 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 MY FAVORITE BOOK OF 2020 THUS FAR IS AVAILABLE NOW YAYHello friends Meet my first 5 star stunner of 2020 I ve had a few 45 star reads which I ve rounded up but Playing Nice has become the understated hit of my reading season thus far I confess after The Perfect Wife a story of which I was NOT a fan I honestly didn t have high hopes going in However since I really enjoyed The Girl Before I was absolutely willing to give JP Delaney another shot I m so glad I didThis book is everything I never knew I wanted Swapped baby stories are such a clich but Playing Nice is so much This is a story about mental illness addiction abuse murder lies betrayal the law and most importantly it covers just how far parents are willing to go to protect the child they love despite the multitude of nightmarish scenarios facing them It s a total roller coaster ride My emotions were all over the place It s terrifying and addictingI had to force myself to stop reading last night I ve had an incredibly busy day and it s made me totally grouchy because all I could think about was getting back to this book Any of you who know me and have read my reviews for awhile know I m not one to gushbut I am so gushing right now Just do yourself a favor and read it Available July 28 2020 Many thanks to the publisher for my review copy

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A plan to sue the hospital triggers an official investigation that unearths some disturbing uestions 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 safeThey are done playing nice HAPPY PUBLICATION DAYPlaying nice is not something Miles Lambert has ever even tried to be good at Mid way through the book we will find out just how manipulating and forceful he can bePete and Maggie have been raising a son Theo for two years loving him teaching him to learn and to play nice with his friends Theo is a great little boy energetic and intelligent but has been having trouble at nursery school with sharing and learning how to play with others He was very premature and so there was a long period when Pete and Maggie had to stay in the hospital while Theo was in the NICU This was very difficult for both of them although Pete seemed to handle it very well He uickly learned how to comfort and love Theo Maggie had problems especially when Pete was away They were just getting to feel confident in how things were going with their relationship and with their sonIt was just an ordinary day in Willesden Green north London and Pete was dropping Theo off at his nursery school Pete noticed a trio of people a woman and two men on the other side of the road watching us By their dress he assumed that they were possibly looking in the area for child care sites Back home while Pete was making some coffee and spending time online with fellow stay at home dads the doorbell rang This would be the changing point of the entire book and the story of two sets of parents and two little boys who it becomes known were allegedly switched at birth Miles Lambert is the person on Pete s doorstep and he has come to tell him that Theo is actually his son and that Pete s son has been living with Miles and his wife Lucy There is a third person involved Don Maguire the Lambert s lawyer because they have already begun proceedings to sue the hospital for the mix up and had taken a cup used by Theo and tested his DNA he is definitely Miles son What begins as a civil decision to make it possible for the parents and children to get to know each other uickly escalates into an impossible situationMiles Lambert will settle for only one thing getting Theo back He begins to show up at Pete s house at all hours insisting on seeing Theo He gives him gifts which are usually inappropriate and even goes so far as to offer up a scholarship to the college he attended Lucy and Maggie uickly become concerned at what will happen next Lucy knows how volatile and demanding Miles is and Maggie has her own way of reading him and knows that the solution to this situation will not be an easy oneThis is the third book I have read by this author and definitely my favorite I enjoyed the character development and how the atmosphere in the book changed from amicable to diabolical by the end of the book What really wrapped this up for me was the great ending of which I won t speak a wordIf you enjoy a great character driven thriller this is the book for you I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss


10 thoughts on “Playing Nice

  1. says:

    HAPPY PUBLICATION DAYI never intended to read this entire book in one day but once I started I could not walk away from itImagine someone showing up on your doorstep one day and explaining that your child the toddler you love and cherish isn't your biological childthat a mistake had been made at the hospital during a chaotic and traumatic delivery Being a mother both biologically and through adoption I found this book riveting t

  2. says:

    Can you imagine during your mid day somebody knocking on your door and when you answer it you see a man standing in front of you looks like older version of your son There are three options for you to express your feelings

  3. says:

    “A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world It knows no law no pity It dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path” The Last Seance from The Hound of Death and Other

  4. says:

    Wow what a horrible thing to happen to a family to two families Two years after Maggie and Pete have the agonizing time of their son Theo being born months early and all the heartbreak that goes with such a tiny premature baby a man enters their life and tells them that Theo is his son that their babies were accidentally switched n

  5. says:

    MY FAVORITE BOOK OF 2020 THUS FAR IS AVAILABLE NOW YAYHello friends Meet my first 5 star stunner of 2020 I've had a few 45 star reads which I've rounded up but Playing Nice has become the understated hit of my reading season thus far I confess after The Perfect Wife a story of which I was NOT a fan I honestly didn't have high hopes going in However since I really enjoyed The Girl Before I was absolutely willi

  6. says:

    This was so flipping good The premise for this book is the most exciting thriller premise I've heard of in uite s

  7. says:

    HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY to my FAVORITE J P Delaney book JULY 28 2020 If I were Forrest Gump or perhaps his mother I would say “J P Delaney books are like a box of chocolates you never know what you’re gonna get” Nothing formula

  8. says:

    A fantastic and thought provoking domestic suspense novelI started off reading this novel but switched over to the audiobook a few chapters in as I wanted to get a few things done around the house I found the beginning of the book a little hard to get into but honestly it wasn't long before I was completely HOOKEDThis book had me fe

  9. says:

    HAPPY PUBLICATION DAYPlaying nice is not something Miles Lambert has ever even tried to be good at Mid way through the book we will find out just how manipulating and forceful he can bePete and Maggie have been raising a son Theo for two years loving him teaching him to learn and to “play nice” with his friends Theo is a great little boy energetic and intelligent but has been having trouble at nursery school with sha

  10. says:

    45 StarsThe door bell rang and Peter Riley went to answer the door and there were two young men outside the door and one of them looked exactly like Theo his son Can we come in they asked Its about your son they said It would be better to talk indoors Pete let them in and Miles Lambert introduced himself and Don Maguire Prepare yourself for a shock Lambert said I am sorry to tell you that Theo is not your so