Who do you trust when everyone is lying?
My name is Tess Parker.
Two days ago, I was in a car accident with my sister-in-law, Torrie. Before she slipped into a coma, she asked my husband and me to care for her four-month-old son, Levi.
Yesterday, a woman claiming to be Torrie’s estranged sister knocked on our door. But Torrie has no siblings . . . or so she said. She and my brother were only together a short time before he left, and Torrie has clearly been keeping secrets.
Today, another of Torrie’s “sisters” has come to town. Both say the other is lying about who they are.
Neither of them is telling the truth.
Both of them want Levi.
Erik Therme has thrashed in garage bands, inadvertently harbored runaways, and met Darth Vader. When he’s not at his computer, he can be found cheering on his youngest daughter’s volleyball team, or watching horror movies with his oldest. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa—one of only twenty-eight places in the world that UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature. Join Erik’s mailing list to be notified of new releases and author giveaways.
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My thoughts: the person I felt sorriest for in this messed up family was baby Levi, all these adults wanting him, not for himself but for various reasons dating back far before he was born. Both of his maternal aunts, complete strangers, want him almost as a replacement for his dead uncle, they’re manipulative and fight with each other – both telling Tess the other is a liar and dangerous. She doesn’t know which one to trust and without Torrie awake to fill in the story, not entirely sure of either of them. Her husband Josh isn’t much help, quietly drawing away from her and not communicating.
And that’s before anyone else gets involved, dragging Tess into another nightmarish scenario that puts Levi at risk and further complicates her relationships with Josh and Torrie.
Tense and compelling, this game of mothers, needing a King Solomon-like verdict, or at least Torrie to wake up and decide who gets to look after the baby, is clever and dark.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.