Playing Nice

Ballantine. Jul. 2020. 416p. ISBN 9781984821348. $28. THRILLER
Pete Riley hates the term stay-at-home dad: It implies an absence of something, a compromise. But he’s a damn good one. His TV producer partner Maddie Wilson is thankful for him being a “domestic god”—she doesn’t have the strongest maternal instincts. It’s just an ordinary day for Pete—taking Theo to preschool and planning the dinner menu—until a stranger knocks on his door and tells him the boy he’s raised for two years isn’t his son. And the man has the DNA test to prove it. Miles and Lucy Lambert confirm someone switched their preemie babies soon after birth. At first, all agree both families should keep custody of the children they’ve got, with each family involved in both children’s lives. But when Miles oversteps his welcome, Pete and Maddie draw boundaries. They don’t realize that Miles will do whatever it takes to get his way, even if he has to hurt people to do it. The edge between truth and appearance blurs as a psychological war turns into a fight for survival.
VERDICT Delaney’s (The Perfect Wife) chilling story of manipulation will make every parent’s heart rate increase as they consider how even the slightest parental fault could be twisted and used against them. A “could-be-true” story that’s scary as hell.
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