The Other Child: Book Review

When Tess is sent to photograph Greg, a high-profile paediatric heart surgeon, she sees something troubled in his face, and feels instantly drawn to him. Their relationship quickly deepens, but then Tess, single mother to nine-year-old Joe, falls pregnant, and Greg is offered the job of a lifetime back in his hometown of Boston. Before she knows it, Tess is married and relocating to the States. But life in the affluent American suburb proves anything but straightforward.

Unsettling things keep happening in the large rented house. Joe is distressed, the next-door neighbours are in crisis, and Tess is sure that someone is watching her. Greg’s work is all-consuming and, as the baby’s birth looms, he grows more and more unreachable. Something is very wrong, Tess knows it, and then she makes a jaw-dropping discovery…

I actually finished a book! After starting three books this year and failing to finish them, I needed something that would keep me hooked from start to finish. I picked up The Other Child back in March but only began reading it at the end of May when I’d finally finished my degree. The book focuses on Tess; pregnant and newly relocated to suburban Boston. With husband Greg working long hours at the hospital and weird things happening around her new home, she grows increasingly paranoid that he’s up to something.

I couldn’t quite believe how invested I got in this book. I was hooked from chapter one and was kept guessing the whole way through. I went through many possible endings in my head but could not have anticipated what actually happens. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Tess, and whilst I was angry at her at many points for seemingly believing Greg’s blatant lies, I also accepted her position and isolation thousands of miles from home.

I always find book reviews so hard to write without ruining the story for anyone who might want to read it in the future, but I would really recommend this one! With twists and turns at every step, it’s one that’ll keep you guessing! Have you read The Other Child?


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