My Husbands Son Deborah O’Connor

cover90287-medium.png Pub: Bonnier Publishing

Heidi and Jason aren’t like other couples.

Six years ago, Heidi’s daughter was murdered. A year later, Jason’s son Barney disappeared. Their shared loss brought them together.

By chance, Heidi meets a boy she’s certain is Barney.

But Jason is equally convinced it’s not him.

Is Heidi mad? Or is Jason hiding something? And can their fragile marriage survive Heidi’s newfound quest for the truth . . .

 

My Husbands Son is a belter of a tale.

Jason and his ex-wife lost their son to a kidnapping and now Heidi, Jason’s  wife believes she has come across him. Convincing Jason, however is another matter.

This novel is quite chilling. All the characters have secrets, and it seems Heidi (who also lost a daughter to a sex offender, who raped and murdered the child) doesn’t really know her husband that well and is stumbling across events, that put her in danger.

I even suspected her best friend Carla of somehow being involved.

Mark, the journalist is a wasted character, he comes into the mix but somehow O’Connor doesn’t use him. I would have liked to see his involvement more of a help to Heidi but he was just left to fizzle.

While this is  tense and fraught with anxiety for the reader, I did feel that it could have been so much better. Tommy is such a contemptible man, that I wondered if, in real life, the likes of Heidi would have even entertained him in the way she did. Her actions were far  more than questionable.

All in all this book was a tale of two halves for me. While I would recommend it for a fabulous read, I would also say that I am sure Deborah is capable of more realistic and polished write.

4*/5

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