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Publishers Weekly Review
Set in London, this emotionally charged domestic thriller from Edgar-finalist Robotham (Life or Death) sets up dueling narratives between part-time supermarket shelf stocker Agatha and her frequent customer, Meg. Both women are in their third trimester of pregnancy-but that's where the similarities end. Beautiful, elegant Meg has two perfect children and a handsome and successful husband. Agatha's life has been filled with horror and heartbreak: she's been raped, been forced to give a child up for adoption, suffered a miscarriage, divorced, and watched her young half-brother die after being hit by a car. Both mothers-to-be are hiding dark secrets, and when Meg's baby is stolen just hours after being born, the media frenzy that ensues threatens to expose Agatha and Meg's respective transgressions and destroy their lives. Despite the disturbing subject matter, Robotham's narrative is intimate and insightful. Brilliantly rendered characters, relentless tension, and numerous plot twists make this a winner. Agent: Richard Pine, Inkwell Management. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Agatha and Meghan lead very different lives; single Agatha is a stock clerk in a small grocery, while Meghan is a popular mommy blogger married to a famous sportscaster. What the two Londoners have in common is that they are pregnant and due at about the same time. Agatha watches Meghan a step below stalking and daydreams about what it would be like to live Meghan's perfect life rather than her own boring existence, as she waits and wonders if her ex-boyfriend will come home from his tour with the British Navy in time to meet his child. Meghan, however, knows that perfection is all on the surface; what Agatha doesn't see is the constant fights between Meghan and her husband and the toll that caring for two other young children takes on her energy and her mental health. Both women also harbor plenty of secrets. As Robotham reveals more about Agatha and her past, readers will find themselves frantically turning pages to see just how this is all going to end. Skillfully placed twists give a fresh take to this well-plotted tale of psychological suspense.--Vnuk, Rebecca Copyright 2017 Booklist
Kirkus Book Review
Robotham, best known for his gritty Joe O'Loughlin crime thrillers (Close Your Eyes, 2016, etc.), makes a successful literary departure in this engrossing psychological thriller focusing on two women and the dark places their relationship leads.Every day, Agatha watches Meg from the window of the London grocery store where she works. Meg is pregnant, beautiful, and privileged, with a handsome husband, two lively children, and a perfect homeand a popular blog where she memorializes it all. For Agatha, who wants a life like Meg's and instead comes home to an empty and shabby apartment, life would be infinitely better if she could lure Hayden back. A communications technician in the Royal Navy, Hayden dumped her when he deployed and now wants nothing to do with her, but Agatha has yet to tell him that she's pregnant, due in early December, as is Meg. Meanwhile, Meg's husband, Jack, a TV sports journalist, has been less than enthusiastic about Meg's current pregnancy, and their marriagedespite what Agatha thinksis far from perfect. Meg is also hiding a secret: she slept with a family friend and former lover, Simon, following a big fight with Jack. Agatha takes the opportunity of their joint pregnancies to talk to Meg one day, and they soon grow better acquainted, but Agatha keeps Meg in the dark when it comes to her own troubled past as well as the real reason she and Hayden aren't together and why having a baby is so important to her. Told in Agatha's and Meg's alternating, distinct first-person voices, the story of how the women's lives overlap as Meg's marriage and Agatha's life both unravel starts with a gradual glimpse into the two women's worlds, then escalates into something much more sinister. Robotham captures the physical misery that often characterizes late-term pregnancies and writes convincingly in a female voice, but where this book excels is in the increasing sense of threat he crafts so well. With its interestingly imperfect characters and escalating sense of urgency, this novel will keep you reading as fast as you can. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.