Playing Nice

Playing Nice

A Novel

eBook - 2020
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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 . . . . "[JP] Delaney takes domestic suspense beyond its comfort zone."—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review 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 at 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 again. The 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 a plan to sue the hospital triggers an official investigation that unearths some disturbing questions 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 safe. They are done playing nice.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 2020.
ISBN: 9781984821355
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Jul 17, 2020

Are psychopaths born? Or are they made? Is it nature or nurture? This new thriller from J.P. Delaney was welcome surprise. The spectrum of creativity spanned by this author's body of work is astounding. Each book has been distinctly different from those before and this one is my favorite so far. The essence of the plot is the discovery that two NICU babies were (inadvertently?) switched soon after birth, sending two boys home with parents with whom they have no shared DNA. Once both sets of parents become aware of the error, they decide to amicably share in each other's lives -- one big happy family, right? Not for long. Before long the legal battles are escalating and officials from the police department and social services are stepping in. A terrifying tale of two families run amok by one psychopathic overachiever. You will have to read it to believe it. If you love Lisa Jewell, this one if for you.


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