Review: Playing Nice

Pete Riley answers the door one morning and lets in a parent’s worst nightmare. On his doorstep is Miles Lambert, a stranger who breaks the devastating news that Pete’s son, Theo, isn’t actually his son–he is the Lamberts’, switched at birth by an understaffed hospital while their real son was sent home with Miles and his wife, Lucy. For Pete, his partner Maddie, and the little boy they’ve been raising for the past two years, life will never be the same again.

The two families, reeling from the shock, take comfort in shared good intentions, eagerly entwining their very different lives in the hope of becoming one unconventional modern family. But a plan to sue the hospital triggers an official investigation that unearths some disturbing questions about the night their children were switched. How much can they trust the other parents–or even each other? What secrets are hidden behind the Lamberts’ glossy front door? Stretched to the breaking point, Pete and Maddie discover they will each stop at nothing to keep their family safe.

They are done playing nice.

Imagine your a parent of a young child and one day someone shows up on your doorstep to tell you that your child isn’t your child, but theirs? That would strike a multitude of emotions into anyone’s heart. And that’s exactly how this book starts. The Riley family finds out that their son, Theo, isn’t theirs and they meet the family of those who do have their real son.

What begins as an amicable agreement to keep the children where they are, but have the families interact on a regular basis to get to know their own biological children soon turns into a battle of custody, and no secrets are safe. In fact, it might be believed that one of the children isn’t safe, either, with everything that comes into light. But Pete and Maddie, despite some questionable things of their past, are indeed good people and fight with all they have to keep their son, and maybe gain their biological son as well.

Although I thought the first thirty percent of this book was a little slow, it was still intriguing and kept me hooked. I just got impatient for the dirt to start flying and before the halfway point, I got my wish. The story was so interesting, even the background story of Pete and Maddie being at the hospital with their son and how the boys could have possibly gotten switched. Everything that comes to light are things you might or might not expect, not just with them, but with the other family as well. You can definitely feel the tensity rising as you turn the page. I read the last sixty percent of this book in one sitting because I couldn’t stop reading!

All in all, this book was fantastic. Another way I would describe this is as Switched At Birth with a thriller twist. This was a topic that interested me greatly and I’m glad that my expectations for this book were met because there was a very good premise here. I highly recommend it!

Rating: 4.5 stars

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