Blog Tour Review, Her First Child

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Her First Child
Sheryl Browne

369 pages
Bookouture
Published December 8, 2022

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About the book

A perfect mother. A loving daughter. A secret that could destroy them both.

New mother Eve is overwhelmed with love for her baby son, Kai. As she swaddles him in a fluffy white blanket, she shudders at a memory of her own childhood. She hasn’t seen her heartless mother Lydia in years, and she hasn’t told a soul about what really happened the night her baby brother died in the squalid little house she grew up in…

When the phone rings in the dead of night, Eve’s heart pounds as she hears the voice at the other end. ‘Hello Mother’, she replies, an ice-cold chill creeping down her spine. She grips her son’s tiny frame close to her trembling chest as she reluctantly agrees to let her mother visit.

But when Eve has to make an emergency call from Kai’s bedroom early one morning, she curses herself for allowing her mother back into her perfect little family.

‘Kai was fine when I checked on him a few hours ago.’ Her mother says, breathlessly as she watches her daughter’s face change from fear to rage.

Why was Lydia in Kai’s bedroom during the night? And as Lydia pleads her innocence, could it be that she’s not the most dangerous mother in this family?

Fans of The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl and The Wife, will absolutely love this gripping and addictive thriller. Her First Child will have you hooked from the very first page!

My Review

Secrets, secrets and more secrets.  That sums it up pretty well.  There are multiple narrators, the women, in dual timelines, telling the story of these unlikable characters doing some not so nice things.  I was trying to piece together what was up and what might be the common thread in the eerily similar situations.  I should point out that while I didn’t much like the characters I did want to know what happened and who, if anyone, was behind the issues with the children.  I find I do not need to like the characters in order to enjoy the book, especially a thriller.

Through a few twists and turns, and a couple of wrong guesses, the end was not where I thought we were headed.  This one kept me on my toes.

If you like a domestic thrillers with secrets galore, you’ll love this one.

Author Bio:

Bestselling Author, Sheryl Browne, writes taut, twisty psychological thriller. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies where she completed her MA in Creative Writing. Sheryl has also obtained a Certificate of Achievement in Forensic Science and – according to readers – she makes an excellent psychopath. Sheryl’s latest psychological thriller HER FIRST CHILD comes to you from BOOKOUTURE. Her previous works include the DI Matthew Adams Crime Thriller series, along with contemporary fiction novels, The Rest of My Life and Learning to Love.

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