Thursday, May 23, 2019

#Book #Review. . .The Child Next Door by Shalini Boland #Fivestar #Goodread

‘Thrilling, intense. Readers of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girlwill love Shalini Boland.’ Red Adept 

‘Don’t take my baby.’ 

Kirstie Rawlings is jolted awake by a child crying. Racing upstairs to check on her new-born, she is plunged into every parents’ worst nightmare. She hears an unknown voice in the baby monitor, saying: ‘Let’s take the child – and go.’ 

Is someone trying to steal her little girl? 

In the bedroom, her daughter is safe asleep in her cot. Is the voice coming from a nearby house? But there aren’t any other babies living on her quiet country road… 

The police don't believe her. And neither does her husband. 

Kirstie knows something isn’t right. She thought she could trust her neighbours, now she isn’t sure. As she unravels the secrets of the people living on her street, Kirstie’s perfect life begins to fall apart. 

Because someone is hiding a terrible lie. And they will do anything to stop Kirstie uncovering the truth. But is the danger closer to home than she thinks?

The Sexy Nerd ‘Revue’

I know paranoia is real for many people, but Kirstie Rawlings took being paranoid to a whole new level! Kirstie awakens to voices telling her that someone is trying to steal her baby girl. Wait…there’s not one voice, but two voices. Where on earth are those voices coming from? It soon becomes clear that those voices are coming from her baby monitor. OMG, these kidnappers are in her newborn’s room. She frantically races upstairs to confront the would-be kidnappers only to discover her baby girl is sound asleep in her bassinet and there isn’t one soul in the baby’s room. Hmm, what the hell is going on?

Kirstie is home on maternity leave and being a new mom poses its own set of challenges, but one thing she didn’t expect was someone trying to take her child that she worked so hard to have. Maybe she’s losing her marbles, is what she was thinking? After having a miscarriage and always wanting to be a mother, there was no way she was going to let any harm come to her baby girl. She does what any normal parent would do by calling the police and letting them know there are kidnappers running amuck in her neighborhood. Only problem was, the kidnappers weren’t anywhere to be found. Was this only in Kirstie’s mind?

Of course, the police are looking at Kirstie sideways. Kirstie’s husband thinks she’s just being a new mom and frightened out of her mind with worry for no reason. But those voices Kirstie heard were as real as her daughter living in this world. Why doesn’t anyone believe what she is telling them? Is Kirstie crazy? Soon, her paranoia consumes her to the point that she’s borderline certifiable. She doesn’t trust anyone and she has these panic attacks making her lose time and feeling as though she’s been drinking, when she doesn’t drink due to breast feeding. What is happening to Kirstie? Well, readers, you’ll have to read this fast-paced unputdownable book to find out the rest.

I have to say, Kirstie worked my nerves a little bit. I was beginning to feel like the other characters in the story—that perhaps she was being overly protective of her newborn and losing sense of all reality. I have never read a character that was this paranoid. OMG, she ran the risk of sounding like a lunatic, which in fact, I was beginning to think she was. Unfortunately, so did Kirstie’s friends, her husband and family. But, as I really began delving deeper into this story, it became very obvious what was really going on. Wow, as I’ve stated before, Boland never lets her readers down. Boland is most definitely the Queen of Surprise Endings! Umm, I had figured some of the story out, but that very last page got me. I knew something wasn’t right with some people in the story, but oh my I had no idea just how wrong some of them were. A very interesting read! Boland, well done, girlfriend! You’ve done it again. An outstanding read!

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