Book Review – My Husband’s Son by Deborah O’Connor

Sypnosis (Goodreads)

You’d always recognise your own son. Wouldn’t you?

Heidi and Jason aren’t like other couples.

Six years ago, Heidi’s daughter was murdered. A year later, Jason’s son Barney disappeared. Their shared loss brought them together.

By chance, Heidi meets a boy she’s certain is Barney.

But Jason is equally convinced it’s not him.

Is Heidi mad? Or is Jason hiding something? And can their fragile marriage survive Heidi’s newfound quest for the truth . . .

Review

I seem to have read a lot of books lately about missing children, but this one is fairly original and much different from the others. It is well written, moves along at a steady pace, and certainly kept me interested and compelled to read on.

Surprisingly for a thriller, the incident that goes on to define the whole book takes place in the very first chapter, after the prologue. There is no time for introductions as O’Connor launches into the story straight away, only adding little bits and pieces of the characters’ backgrounds later on.

The characters were fascinating, although none of them were especially likeable. Again, that was surprising. Normally, the reader would be made to automatically connect with two people who had lost their children, but that is not the case here as neither of them display many positive character traits.

Heidi is the narrator, and I could not believe how reckless she is. She did lose a child, which puts her actions slightly into context, but there are too many moments in the book where she does some wholly irrational things which made me wonder what on earth she was doing!

Some of the scenes between Heidi and Tommy made for very uncomfortable reading. Tommy is a truly horrible character, but was the book ends suggests that there are no consequences for his actions, which disappointed me.

In fact, I was disappointed by the whole of the ending. I found it rushed, and extremely vague. It left a lot of unanswered questions, and portrayed Heidi in an even more negative light, so that was a real shame.

But on the whole it was a fairly good read. The first few chapters drew me in, and I was into the book until the final few chapters, which could have been so much better.

Themes

My Husband’s Son contains themes such as missing children, child abduction, and sexual content. If any of these are likely to trigger a negative response, then I would recommend that you skip this book.

Verdict

It was a good book for so long, but ruined somewhat by the ending. However, there are enough positive points for me to give this book three stars.

Happy reading 🙂

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