Two mothers. One child. Who do you believe?
The playground is the last place I thought I’d see you. It was my Billy’s first day at school. It was supposed to be a happy one.
But then you turned up. I remembered you instantly from the hospital wing. Our babies born on the same day. Both premature. Both needing intensive care.
While Billy grew stronger day by day, your baby sadly slipped away.
But now you’re back with one devastating accusation… Billy isn’t my son at all, he’s yours.
And you’ve come to take him away.
My thoughts: this verged on OTT melodrama at times, with so much happening at once. Whose son is Billy? With 2 mothers and 2 potential fathers, the chaos unfolds. Ruth insists he’s her son, she gave birth to him, didn’t she? But that time is a blur and her husband is keeping secrets too. With an ex-best friend and her rather controlling husband in the background with their own theories, Ruth will do almost anything to keep her boy.
The whole book is very highly strung – like Ruth, who seems to be operating from a place of terror at all times. She has her own secrets too. I think if people actually spoke to one another things would never have reached fever pitch like this. Setting various reveals in the closed space of a narrow boat makes it even more tense and claustrophobic.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.