This was an ingenious take on the kidnap plot, a mother must exchange herself for her children or risk losing them.
As the tension builds, the plot flashes back over Matt and Annabelle’s relationship, from meeting at uni, their wedding and the birth of their first child. Cleverly suggesting other people who might be behind the terrible scheme to take Annabelle away from her family.
When the kidnapper is revealed and the delusional reasonings behind it, I genuinely was stunned. Talk about completely twisted.
Sidenote: I also really liked the way the author handled the covid-19 situation, setting the story in early March when not a lot was known by the public and before lockdown. It added some realism but without turning the novel into a coronavirus focused one or pretending it wasn’t happening, I thought it was very nicely done.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.