Its been a rough couple of weeks and I’ve been unable to manage any writing – more of that in a life post! But I’m trying to catch up with some of my book reviews in time for Christmas recommendations……
My Husband’s Son by Deborah O’Connor
I was given a copy of this book through the Book Club on Facebook in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions & thoughts are my own.
Heidi and Jason, a couple who are flung together in the most heart breaking of circumstances. They have both experienced the nightmare of any parent – a child abduction – and the emotional & physical roller-coaster that accompanies it. This is a book that depicts a psychological drama, with suspense & investigation, whilst also being sensitive to the human relationships of all the characters.
Heidi, a single mother, and Jason, a divorced father, met at a child safety conference to which they had both been invited because their children had been stolen from them. They found that here was someone else who not only understood but shared a need to talk over memories to the point of obsession; someone who had a love hate relationship with sleep; someone who understood the need to keep looking back when others wanted you to look forward. Within six months Heidi had packed up her life in Rochester to move north and in with Jason, and later they married.
Their individual stories unfurl within their joint story after Heidi spots a young boy in an off licence. She is convinced that this youngster could be Jason’s son, Barney, who has never been found – but when she takes Jason to the shop he is certain that it is not his son. “No matter how many years have passed……I’ll know him and he’ll know me.” But Heidi is unable to put the boy from her mind and begins her own crusade to find out more about him. As she goes “undercover” to investigate, she discovers secrets kept by people she trusts, relationships that are not all that they seem and that maybe a single life event does not have to define a person. She is also forced to ask whether a parent will always instinctively know their own child.
I really appreciated Deborah O’Connor’s character development throughout the course of the book. Heidi and Jason share a complex & often dysfunctional relationship which at times seems destined to fail. At times it is difficult to see whether they have any connection beyond their children, Barney & Lauren, and there is always the elephant in the room – Heidi knows what happened to Lauren (no spoilers!) Jason does not recognize that Heidi is in turmoil – as she works her way deeper into the lives around the boy, her job suffers, relationship with family & friends break down and she finds herself empathizing and developing relationships in the most unlikely places.
The impact upon everyone touched by the cases of Lauren & Barney is enormous – from the parents, extended families & friends to the police officers investigating the cases. It really is a heart breaking story with psychological twists & turns that I believe will see you in a very different mind set by the time you reach the staggering conclusion. Is there always such a thing as the right course of action? Five stars!