Playing Nice

Playing NiceWhat If You Found Out That Your Family Isn T Yours At All How Far Would You Go To Protect Them A Gripping New Psychological Thriller From The Bestselling Author Of The Girl Before 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 AgainThe 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 SafeThey Are Done Playing Nice I never intended to read this entire book yesterday but once I started I could not walk away from it.Imagine someone showing up on your doorstep one day and explaining that your child, the toddler you love and cherish, isn t your biological childthat a mistake had been made at the hospital during a chaotic and traumatic delivery Being a mother both biologically and through adoption, I found this book riveting, thoughtful, and terrifying The questions regarding nature versus nurture and whet I never intended to read this entire book yesterday but once I started I could not walk away from it.Imagine someone showing up on your doorstep one day and explaining that your child, the toddler you love and cherish, isn t your biological childthat a mistake had been made at the hospital during a chaotic and traumatic delivery Being a mother both biologically and through adoption, I found this book riveting, thoughtful, and terrifying The questions regarding nature versus nurture and whether parenting is defined by biology or the heart were so personal for me.J.P Delaney can do no wrong in my eyes, I love everything he has ever written, including under his pseudonyms, and this is his best to date, without question And don t worry there is plenty in here to keep the attention of those of us who need a little thriller in our books Thank you to J.P Delany, Random House Publishing Group Ballantine and NetGalley for giving me this book in exchange for an honest review A mother s love for her child is like nothing else in the world It knows no law, no pity It dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path The Last Seance from The Hound of Death and Other Stories, also Double Sin and Other Stories Agatha Christie, The Hound of Death Pete and Maggie Riley have a 2 year old son Theo, they re having a few problems right now with his behaviour, he s very naughty at home, and doesn t want to play nice with the other kids at n A mother s love for her child is like nothing else in the world It knows no law, no pity It dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path The Last Seance from The Hound of Death and Other Stories, also Double Sin and Other Stories Agatha Christie, The Hound of Death Pete and Maggie Riley have a 2 year old son Theo, they re having a few problems right now with his behaviour, he s very naughty at home, and doesn t want to play nice with the other kids at nursery, he resorts to hitting and biting them to get his own way, and there have been complaints from other parents about him so much so, that he s in danger of being asked to leave the nursery altogether, but do Pete and Maggie love him Of course they do Would they give their life for him Absolutely Pete, a full time Dad, is sitting down to a well earned coffee, after dropping Theo off at nursery, when he s interrupted by the doorbell He discovers two men at the door, one being a tall athletic looking guy named Miles Lambert, and what they tell Pete shocks him to the core they have proof that Theo isn t Pete and Maggie s son the fact is, Theo was swapped at birth with Miles and wife Lucy s little boy David It doesn t take much imagination to realise just how earth shattering that announcement would be, but nevertheless, after the initial shock, the two families try to adjust to what has been an absolute bombshell, and they all agree that they want an amicable relationship, for the sake of everyone, but especially for the children However, events quickly take a turn for the worse, and for Pete and Maggie, it will prove an absolutely terrifying experience, but I won t reveal anythan that, as I d hate to spoil it for those of you tempted to read it.This thought provoking thriller is psychological suspense at its best, completely and utterly gripping, with some seriously good twists miss this one at your peril Thank you to Netgalley and Quercus Books for my ARC, in exchange for an honest unbiased review Can you imagine during your mid day somebody knocking on your door and when you answer it, you see a man standing in front of you looks like older version of your son There are three options for you to express your feelings 1 Slamming the door shut at the man s face and form a plan to kill your spouse for her infidelity you may also hire a contract killer if you have great connections at the dark web Don t you dare to ask me how I can know 2 Slamming the door shut at the man s face, moving Can you imagine during your mid day somebody knocking on your door and when you answer it, you see a man standing in front of you looks like older version of your son There are three options for you to express your feelings 1 Slamming the door shut at the man s face and form a plan to kill your spouse for her infidelity you may also hire a contract killer if you have great connections at the dark web Don t you dare to ask me how I can know 2 Slamming the door shut at the man s face, moving fast to toss everything inside your valise, grabbing your son and leaving your place from your back door.3 Scrutinizing the guy s face, acting like a na ve, gullible person and asking could you be my son s second cousin I know my three options are so stupid And I cannot imagine a man appears in front of my door telling me two years ago our kids switch at birth and he is biological dad of my son It s so devilish, smart, gripping, hooking you from the beginning plot, isn t it That s why J P Delaney is one of the great authors he doesn t give us stupid choices or plot hasholes than my socks have I spent all my money to booze and books And I love my feet getair So we have two families Lamberts wealthy ones Miles and Lucy and Rileys wait a minute, we have Pete and Maddie but they are not married and unfortunately they are not financially stable Pete is journalist, stay at home dad but he is responsible and gets parenting very seriously, spending his time at chat forms for dads to read the comments and try the best options to help his son Maddie suffered from post partum depression after giving birth to her child and had problems to connect with him She didn t share the same bound Pete and Theo have but it doesn t make her bad mother and it doesn t mean she doesn t love him, does it Two switched kids Theo and David.Miles life completely changes at the day Miles Lambert knocks his front door accompanied with a private investigator, showing him the DNA results and telling him they re suing the hospital for their crucial and impactful mistake But a few pages later we find out there are affidavits indicate that Miles also sues the family and we may sense he s after the full custody of Theo Two families arrange a meeting at Miles big mansion, being introduced with David and they find out little boy suffer from brain damage, introvert kid They finally decide they are not gonna change anything with children s life they will live with the same parents but they also decide they ll involve their biological child s life like a family friend do.Both parties seem like appeased with the solution but wait for it We have a real psychopath in this equation and a psychopath gets furious when he doesn t get his way and things get uglier Could Nate and Maddie resume playing nice around them for their son s sake Did they put themselves in danger at the very same day they accepted Lamberts in their lives This is gripping, psychological, high tensioned family drama plays with your nerves, making you face with your insecurities and inner fears, nightmares I was wearing gloves not to bite my nails during my reading so you may imagine I changed 6 pairs of gloves I may have stress eaten some of them The conclusion of the story and final twists are also well played, well written and well developed.Overall I read while I was sitting at the edge of my couch It was one of the reads make you nervous, edgy, frustrated and when you finish it, you take a long deep breathe and say thanks loudly for not being one of the characters of the book This means I m addictive to this author s books and I keep going blind and devouring them without thinking a second Special thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group Ballantine for sharing this fantastic ARC in exchange my honest review.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter Hello, friends Meet my first 5 star stunner of 2020 I ve had a few 4.5 star reads which I ve rounded up, but Playing Nice has become the understated hit of my reading season thus far I confess, after The Perfect Wife, a story of which I was NOT a fan, I honestly didn t have high hopes going in However, since I really enjoyed The Girl Before, I was absolutely willing to give J.P Delaney another shot I m so glad I did This book is everything I never knew I wanted Swapped baby stories are su Hello, friends Meet my first 5 star stunner of 2020 I ve had a few 4.5 star reads which I ve rounded up, but Playing Nice has become the understated hit of my reading season thus far I confess, after The Perfect Wife, a story of which I was NOT a fan, I honestly didn t have high hopes going in However, since I really enjoyed The Girl Before, I was absolutely willing to give J.P Delaney another shot I m so glad I did This book is everything I never knew I wanted Swapped baby stories are such a clich , but Playing Nice is so muchThis is a story about mental illness, addiction, abuse, murder, lies, betrayal, the law, and most importantly, it covers just how far parents are willing to go to protect the child they love, despite the multitude of nightmarish scenarios facing them It s a total roller coaster ride My emotions were all over the place It s terrifying and addicting.I had to force myself to stop reading last night I ve had an incredibly busy day, and it s made me totally grouchy because all I could think about was getting back to this book Any of you who know me, and have read my reviews for awhile, know I m not one to gushbut I am so gushing right now Just do yourself a favor and read it Available July 28, 2020Many thanks to the publisher for my review copy. Playing nice is not something Miles Lambert has ever even tried to be good at Mid way through the book we will find out just how manipulating and forceful he can be.Pete and Maggie have been raising a son, Theo, for two years, loving him, teaching him to learn and to play nice with his friends Theo is a great little boy, energetic and intelligent but has been having trouble at nursery school with sharing and learning how to play with others He was very premature and so there was a long peri Playing nice is not something Miles Lambert has ever even tried to be good at Mid way through the book we will find out just how manipulating and forceful he can be.Pete and Maggie have been raising a son, Theo, for two years, loving him, teaching him to learn and to play nice with his friends Theo is a great little boy, energetic and intelligent but has been having trouble at nursery school with sharing and learning how to play with others He was very premature and so there was a long period when Pete and Maggie had to stay in the hospital while Theo was in the NICU This was very difficult for both of them, although Pete seemed to handle it very well He quickly learned how to comfort and love Theo Maggie hadproblems, especially when Pete was away They were just getting to feel confident in how things were going with their relationship and with their son.It was just an ordinary day in Willesden Green, north London and Pete was dropping Theo off at his nursery school Pete noticed a trio of people, a woman and two men, on the other side of the road watching us By their dress he assumed that they were possibly looking in the area for child care sites Back home while Pete was making some coffee and spending time online with fellow stay at home dads , the doorbell rang This would be the changing point of the entire book and the story of two sets of parents and two little boys who it becomes known were allegedly switched at birth Miles Lambert is the person on Pete s doorstep and he has come to tell him that Theo is actually his son and that Pete s son has been living with Miles and his wife Lucy There is a third person involved, Don Maguire, the Lambert s lawyer, because they have already begun proceedings to sue the hospital for the mix up and had taken a cup used by Theo and tested his DNA, he is definitely Miles son What begins as a civil decision to make it possible for the parents and children to get to know each other quickly escalates into an impossible situation.Miles Lambert will settle for only one thing, getting Theo back He begins to show up at Pete s house at all hours insisting on seeing Theo He gives him gifts which are usually inappropriate and even goes so far as to offer up a scholarship to the college he attended Lucy and Maggie quickly become concerned at what will happen next Lucy knows how volatile and demanding Miles is and Maggie has her own way of reading him and knows that the solution to this situation will not be an easy one.This is the third book I have read by this author and definitely my favorite I enjoyed the character development and how the atmosphere in the book changed from amicable to diabolical by the end of the book What really wrapped this up for me was the great ending, of which I won t speak a word If you enjoy a great character driven thriller, this is the book for you This novel will publish on July 28,2020.I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss If I were Forrest Gump, or perhaps his mother, I would say, J P Delaney books are like a box of chocolates, you never know what you re gonna get Nothing formulaic, about this author s work The first was suspense, the second read like a screenplay, the third had a sci fi feel, and now comes Playing Nice one that will feel like a family drama for the MAJORITY of the book but, don t worrynot everything is what it seems IT WAS JUST AN ORDINARY DAY Until it wasn t.A knock on the door chan If I were Forrest Gump, or perhaps his mother, I would say, J P Delaney books are like a box of chocolates, you never know what you re gonna get Nothing formulaic, about this author s work The first was suspense, the second read like a screenplay, the third had a sci fi feel, and now comes Playing Nice one that will feel like a family drama for the MAJORITY of the book but, don t worrynot everything is what it seems IT WAS JUST AN ORDINARY DAY Until it wasn t.A knock on the door changes everything for Pete and Maddie, our two narrators, when they are told that they took home the wrong baby, from the hospital two years agotwo babies accidentally switched at birth.At first, Miles and Lucy, the other parents involved, are playing nice But, it is just an act, and since Miles is used to getting what he wants, and what he wants is his biological son, Theo, he will stop at nothing to get him back My favorite chocolate in the boxcaramel pecan turtlesyummy My favorite JP Delaney book PLAYING NICE by far You can pre order now or pick up your copy on July 28thBut set aside, a chunk of time you WON T be able to put it down Thank You to Netgalley, Ballantine books and the author for the digital arc I received in exchange for a candid review Most of us would do anything for our family, especially our children But imagine finding out your 2 year old isn t your biological child That during an emergency in the NICU there was a mix up at birth This is the dilemma facing Maddie and Pete In the beginning, everyone is playing nice as they attempt to work out an amicable arrangement Both sets of parents appear to want what s best for the children It s difficult to say much without giving away key plot points, but as you would expect, Most of us would do anything for our family, especially our children But imagine finding out your 2 year old isn t your biological child That during an emergency in the NICU there was a mix up at birth This is the dilemma facing Maddie and Pete In the beginning, everyone is playing nice as they attempt to work out an amicable arrangement Both sets of parents appear to want what s best for the children It s difficult to say much without giving away key plot points, but as you would expect, there are ulterior motives and not everything is as it seems How far would you go to protect your child To make matterscomplicated, one family is wealthy while the other is not One family has a healthy child, while the other child has significant developmental delays Parenting styles are different and the age old question of nature vs nurture is explored The characters are well developed and I found myself questioning everyone Who to trust when everyone involved is harboring secrets The plot sounds clich with a story line that has been done to death However, in this author s hands, this story is so muchI particularly enjoy a story line that delves into psychological issues, and this book has that, andThis is an excellent character driven story with an engaging plot that leaves the reader with much to ponder, although for thriller fans, no worries There are plenty of surprises in store And that ending Don t forget to read the author s note in the afterword.Marialyce and I were looking for an engaging read while we are sheltering in place and this provided a much welcomed escape I received a digital copy of the book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Publication date of July 2020 by Random House, Ballantine This was a buddy read with my friend Marialyce For our duo reviews please visit JP Delaney s latest offering is a tense and riveting blend of family drama and psychological thriller that explores the emotionally charged feelings and complexities of the dilemma faced by parents in London, making the shocking discovery that their two year old toddler son is not their child, he was mixed up with their actual biological baby at the neonatal intensive care unit at the hospital Stay at home dad, journalist Pete Riley and his long term partner working in advertising, Maddie, are JP Delaney s latest offering is a tense and riveting blend of family drama and psychological thriller that explores the emotionally charged feelings and complexities of the dilemma faced by parents in London, making the shocking discovery that their two year old toddler son is not their child, he was mixed up with their actual biological baby at the neonatal intensive care unit at the hospital Stay at home dad, journalist Pete Riley and his long term partner working in advertising, Maddie, are bringing up their son, Theo, a veritable ball of energy and a real handful, trying to get him to play nice, to share and interactpositively with others, areas he has difficulties with Their life is derailed when Miles Lambert turns up at their door, informing them that Theo is his and wife, Lucy s son A secretly carried out DNA test bears this out, not to mention the fact that Theo bears such a strong physical resemblance to Miles The Lamberts are bringing legal proceedings against the hospital, which triggers an official investigation into what happened there Initially matters are cordial as Pete and Maddie agree to the well intentioned and understanding civil decision for both couples and the children to get acquainted with and getting to know each other better The couples are markedly different from each other, the Lamberts are wealthy, Pete and Maddie areordinary, struggling to make ends meet Maddie feels a strong connection to David, her brain damaged son that the Lamberts have raised, a David that will need life long care However, as it becomes clearer that the psychopathic Miles has every intention of getting hold of Theo, by any means, matters spiral into a living hell for Pete and Maddie.Delaney s character driven novel is markedly different from his previous books, it is a compulsive read that explores the age old debate of nature versus nurture and the family dynamics that ensue upon facing the emotional quagmire of raising a child that apparently turns out to be not biologically their own The characters are suitably flawed, whilst Miles is utterly reprehensible as a human being in this story of twists and turns A fascinating roller coaster of a read that touches on mental health issues, what it is to be a parent, deception, secrets, legal issues, abuse and murder Many thanks to Quercus for an ARC Wow, what a horrible thing to happen to a family, to two families Two years after Maggie and Pete have the agonizing time of their son Theo being born months early, and all the heartbreak that goes with such a tiny premature baby, a man enters their life and tells them that Theo is his son, that their babies were accidentally switched not long after they were born and sent to the ICU for babies Miles and Lucy, who have baby David, have had him DNA tested so they are positive he is not their so Wow, what a horrible thing to happen to a family, to two families Two years after Maggie and Pete have the agonizing time of their son Theo being born months early, and all the heartbreak that goes with such a tiny premature baby, a man enters their life and tells them that Theo is his son, that their babies were accidentally switched not long after they were born and sent to the ICU for babies Miles and Lucy, who have baby David, have had him DNA tested so they are positive he is not their son Miles has also secretly had Theo tested and they know that Theo is their son Miles claims that they want to work with Maggie and Pete, to not disrupt the life of either boy, but allow both sets of parents to play a role in each boy s life Theo is very headstrong and seems to lack any trace of compassion or kindness to others, but he s just two years old and Pete is a fantastic, stay at home, hands on father, willing to make any changes in his raising and guidance of Theo, to ensure he learns healthy social skills Theo looks like Miles and even seems to take after Miles in other ways And little David looks like Maggie and reminds her of her favorite brother, when he was David s age David has mental and physical challenges from his very premature birth and Miles and Lucy have the money to give him the special care he needs, although their huge home and their life, seems so sterile and cold, to Maggie and Pete Then things start falling apart Miles is demanding, thinking he s going to send Theo to boarding school when he s older, dropping by Theo s house at night to spend time with him, interfering with Theo, Pete, and Maggie s routine and lives Miles practically demands that Pete, Maggie, and Theo go on a week long vacation with his family and when Pete and Maggie revolt, all hell breaks loose and their life explodes into a huge legal and moral mess There is even a suspicion that someone may have swapped the babies on purpose People have been hurt and murder may even play a part in this story Things look hopeless for Pete and Maggie and they realize they may not ever get to see either child again What at first seems like a domestic drama definitely turns into a thriller Thank you to Random House Publishing Group Ballantine and NetGalley for this ARC For Pete Riley, freelance journalist and stay at home dad and partner Maddie who works in advertising, it s just an ordinary day getting their boisterous son two year old Theo ready to go to nursery Theo has difficulty playing nice if he s doesn t get what he wants Then their world is turned upside down, so much so it s like they ve fallen into some alternate universe following something as everyday as a knock at their door Standing there is smugly arrogant, wealthy Miles Lambert who claims For Pete Riley, freelance journalist and stay at home dad and partner Maddie who works in advertising, it s just an ordinary day getting their boisterous son two year old Theo ready to go to nursery Theo has difficulty playing nice if he s doesn t get what he wants Then their world is turned upside down, so much so it s like they ve fallen into some alternate universe following something as everyday as a knock at their door Standing there is smugly arrogant, wealthy Miles Lambert who claims that their premature babies are swapped in the NICU and that Theo is his son and David, who he and wife Lucy have been raising is theirs What starts as something friendly in order to sort this out, descends into a dangerous court battle with Miles having no intention of playing nice The story is told in alternating perspectives by Pete and Maddy which works extremely well and is interspersed with evidence gathered for the court case This is addictive, brilliant, compulsive and gripping reading Although none of the characters are perfect who is I did like Pete and Maddy with Maddy in particular being honest about her feelings If ever a character deserves a sock on the jaw it s Miles He made me so angry at times my fists clenched and the odd naughty word might have popped out of my mouth Oh boy is he odious Theo is, shall we settle for a live wire He presents us with a good discussion on nature versus nurture, is he indeed like his biological father or can nurture reduce some of his less desirable instincts This is a fascinating part of the story which is engrossing from start to finish There are bombshells, shocks and twists along the way which make you gasp and there s so much tension at times, you could cut the atmosphere with a knife I think the end is clever too and works extremely well Overall, J P Delaney has done it again The Perfect Wife was a brilliant read in 2019 and he s provided us with another in 2020 The premise is fantastic, it preys on every parents nightmare and fears and keeps you interested and invested throughout This is without doubt a best seller Highly recommended Big thanks to NetGalley and Quercus Books for the ARC and to the author for the entertainment

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  • Hardcover
  • 416 pages
  • Playing Nice
  • J.P. Delaney
  • English
  • 09 October 2018
  • 1984821342