It’s One of Us

Mira: Harlequin. Feb. 2023. 336p. ISBN 9780778311768. $27.99. SUSPENSE
Secrets, lies, and DNA strands intertwine in this twisty thriller about the meaning of family and the battle between nature and nurture. Interior designer Olivia Bender has almost everything—a loving husband, Park, a rewarding career, and a beautiful home—but no children. After six miscarriages, she’s not sure she can go through it again. When the police knock on their door, Olivia and Park learn secrets that ignite a firestorm in their lives. Someone in Nashville is killing women, and DNA indicates the suspect is Park’s son. But how? Park soon admits donating to a sperm bank in college. Although horrified about the killings, he is secretly happy he has a child. Teenager Scarlett Flynn runs a chat room for the “Halves,” people whose DNA is related to one man, their biological father. She’s obsessed with trying to find the father she’s wanted her whole life. Now it seems one of the Halves is a murderer.
VERDICT Ellison (Her Dark Lies) spotlights the issue of infertility, based on her own experiences, then adds betrayal, obsession, and familial ties that bind to create a tension-filled story with an intriguing theme. Readers will race through the pages to an end they didn’t see coming.
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