Playing Nice

JP Delaney. Ballantine, $27 (416p) ISBN 978-1-9848-2134-8
A nightmarish scenario drives this gripping psychological thriller from bestseller Delaney (The Perfect Wife). Freelance journalist Pete Riley, a stay-at-home dad, and his partner, Maddie Wilson, who works in advertising, live in Willesden Green, a middle-class London neighborhood, with their two-year-old son, Theo. One afternoon, Miles Lambert arrives at Pete’s door and tells him, “Theo isn’t your son. He’s mine.” Miles goes on to explain that their children were switched soon after birth, and the Lamberts are suing the hospital. Pete and Maddie agree to attempt an amicable solution and meet with Miles and his wife at their posh home in Highgate. But cruel, obsessive Miles files for custody of both children, and he’s out to win at all costs. Everyone has secrets, and everyone has made mistakes that can be magnified in a courtroom battle. Then people connected with the case begin to die. Delaney skillfully gets inside his lead characters in alternating chapters narrated by Pete and by Maddie. Some genuinely surprising twists reveal just how far a parent will go for the sake of a child. This is domestic suspense at its most unsettling. Agent: Caradoc King, United Artists (U.K.). (July)
Reviewed on : 04/28/2020
Release date: 07/28/2020
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Paperback - 416 pages - 978-0-385-69383-7
Compact Disc - 978-0-593-21050-5
Paperback - 615 pages - 978-0-593-21333-9
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