Playing Nice-Book Review

49078674What 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 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.

Playing Nice by J.P. Delaney


Pages: 402

Publishing Date: July 28th, 2020

Publisher: Ballantine Books


One day Pete Riley opened the door but he didn’t know what he is welcoming in his life.  

Pete, a stay-home dad, and Maddy are raising their two years old, which is kind of tricky as Theo is a kinda violent type of kid. Aren’t all the two years old are?. Miles knock on their door one day to tell them their son is not theirs’s. Miles’s son is their original son. Theo and David got swapped in the hospital when both were premature and struggling for their lives.

Both families figured out a mutual way to connect with both kids without. But if it was that simple.

It is more of a thriller than a mystery, It is a character-driven story, where you’ll get to see twisted human psychology and hypocrisy. It is that kind of book which you want to finish in one or two sitting as many little twists and turns take place one after another.

I love the way the author had developed characters. How easy it was to get connected to Pete’s character, Maddy’s character was appealing enough but I really wanted to read about Miles. I wish there would be more of David in the story. The ending stamped the deal for me. It was unexpected but total in character.

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