Today is my stop on the blog tour for mine by Clare Empson, thank you to Tracy from Compulsive Readers for organising it and inviting me to take part, and to Orion and Netgalley for my copy.
Synopsis: ‘Who am I? Why am I here? Why did my mother give me away?’
On the surface, Luke and his girlfriend Hannah seem to have a perfect life. He’s an A&R man, she’s an arts correspondent and they are devoted to their new-born son Samuel.
But beneath the gloss Luke has always felt like an outsider. So when he finds his birth mother Alice, the instant connection with her is a little like falling in love.
When Hannah goes back to work, Luke asks Alice to look after their son. But Alice – fuelled with grief from when her baby was taken from her 27 years ago – starts to fall in love with Samuel. And Luke won’t settle for his mother pushing him aside once again…
My Rating: 🐧🐧🐧🐧
My Thoughts: This book is listed as a psychological thriller, and although it did have the elements of a thriller, to me it seemed like so much more than that, this had me feeling a whole array of emotions that I didn’t know wether I was coming or going.
The book opens with Luke meeting his birth mother Alice for the first time and the story follows them getting to know each other.
The book is told from two perspectives in two different timelines, you get the ‘Then’ chapters which follows Alice from the age of 18 and you get to see how she came to the decision of putting Luke up for adoption. The ‘Now’ chapters are told from Luke’s perspective & you get to see things from his side, how it feels to meet his mother & watch her bond with his young son Samuel.
All seems perfect right? You soon learn that all is not always as it seems on the surface and that everyone has secrets and a past that they can’t always deal with.
There were some twists that I didn’t see coming and others that I predicted, but I couldn’t put this book down and had it finished within a few hours!