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The Other Child Paperback – 4 Jun 2015
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Taut, tense, and beautifully written. I held my breath between chapters and didn't sleep until I reached the end (Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go)
An elegantly written page-turner which pulled me in from the start and held its grip until the final page (Renee Knight, author of bestselling psychological thriller Disclaimer)
I absolutely loved this novel. The Other Child is seriously gripping, seriously scary and seriously brilliant (Clare Kendal, author of The Book of You)
Truly unnerving. Atkins perfectly captures the vulnerability that comes with moving overseas, away from friends and support networks, and uses it expertly in this compelling novel. Not just one-more-page gripping but perceptive and beautifully written (Lucie Whitehouse, author of Before We Met)
The last book I read in one sitting like this was Louise Doughty's Apple Tree Yard. Like Louise, Lucy Atkins is brilliant at ramping up the tension so that there's not a chance of relief until the end (Polly Samson, author of The Kindness)
Addictive . . . a pace so relentless that you'll want to inhale this novel in one uninterrupted sitting (The Sunday Times)
Atmospheric and packed with suspense, kept me on edge from start to finish (Woman & Home Magazine)
A gripping psychological thriller from the author of the bestselling debut The Missing One. Perfect for fans of I Let You Go, The Sisters by Claire Douglas, The Book of You and The Ice Twins.See all Product description
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The characters move to Boston to an unnerving house, in a faintly unnerving suburb surrounded by unfriendly people. This set the scene for confusion, and misunderstanding very convincingly.
I did not predict the ending at all which makes it a great success as a thriller.
My honest opinion is not a bad read but not great
The writing was so good I really had trouble deciding what was real and what was a lie. I wasn’t sure whether the stories told by Greg were true or just a figment of his imagination, his character was very convincing. I couldn’t decide if I liked him or not. There were times when I sympathised with him and times when I just wanted to scream ‘What the hell do you think you’re doing!’. He is a complex character, but it makes him even more interesting. And Tess. Is she really experiencing all these odd things or is she just going crazy? It was really tough for her to leave England and move thousands of miles away from everyone she knows, to a snobbish neighbourhood where everybody minds their own business. So it is very easy to assume she is simply imagining things. But is she…? All the random incidents that happen make you suspect something is wrong but when you look at them closely everything seems fine and everything can be explained. However, there is this aura that something is not right.
‘Sometimes a lie seems kinder than the truth’ is very true in this case. Reading this book was like playing Two Truths and a Lie game. But for Tess, choosing the wrong answer could have serious ramifications…
At times, the book became a little tedious and long-winded which is a shame as the plot could have been so much more interesting. The ending was abrupt and not believable, it could have been so much better with her trying to escape the nutter!
I won't say any more as not to spoil it for other readers.