BLOG TOUR ~ The Other Child by Lucy Atkins ~ REVIEW & UK GIVEAWAY!

'If a story is outrageous enough, complete enough, we just assume it's true.'

Title - The Other Child
Author - Lucy Atkins
Publication Date - June 4th 2015
Publisher - Quercus
Format - Paperback (Provided via publisher)
Pages - 400

The blurb

Sometimes a lie seems kinder than the truth... but what happens when that lie destroys everything you love?

When Tess is sent to photograph Greg, a high profile paediatric heart surgeon, she sees something troubled in his face, and feels instantly drawn to him. Their relationship quickly deepens, but then Tess, single mother to nine-year-old Joe, falls pregnant, and Greg is offered the job of a lifetime back in his hometown of Boston. Before she knows it, Tess is married, and relocating to the States. But life in an affluent American suburb proves anything but straightforward.

Unsettling things keep happening in the large rented house. Joe is distressed, the next-door neighbours are in crisis, and Tess is sure that someone is watching her. Greg's work is all-consuming and, as the baby's birth looms, he grows more and more unreachable. Something is very wrong, Tess knows it, and then she makes a jaw-dropping discovery...

Becca's thoughts  

Firstly, I'd like to thank Quercus for providing me with a paperback copy of The Other Child by Lucy Atkins, in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was absolutely delighted to be invited onto Lucy's blog tour, especially after reading such a powerful blurb, and I couldn't help but to wonder what it was that I was going to discover between the pages. It promised intrigue, and my curiosity was immediately piqued. Lies are never good, and it certainly didn't sound like it in this case, so I couldn't wait to begin.

From beginning to end, Lucy Atkins had me hanging on the very precipice of her every word. The Other Child had an incredibly heavy, dark atmosphere that followed me throughout my progression of this novel like a suffocating fog, truly emphasising the oppressive onslaught of emotions felt by the protagonist, Tess. Despite not actually being able to pinpoint what it was that seemed so dark and dangerous, Lucy tugged me along as I turned the pages, and I couldn't dare to look away for fear of missing some crucial point or clue as to what exactly was amiss. 

Within The Other Child, the reader is placed alongside Tess as she begins to fall into routine in her new surroundings and home, alongside son, Joe, and husband, Greg, in Boston. It's away from her friends and the comforts which she is so used to, meaning she's still trying to get to grips with everything. As Lucy begins the story, Tess is taking her first glimpse around the house that she will now call 'home'. The novel quickly turns into a guessing-game when peculiar things begin happening to Tess, and husband Greg starts to become evasive. Just like Tess, I couldn't help but to wonder what, if anything, was going on, or whether it was just all in her imagination. Lucy kept me hanging, keeping all of the deepest, darkest secrets to herself until, as if by magic, she knew that I couldn't wait a moment longer for everything to unravel. At the precise moment that I felt I was going to BURST with anticipation, things finally began to slip out from between the cracks, and by the end, I felt completely satisfied from reading this novel.

The characters within The Other Child were in-depth, and I felt like I knew each of them to their very core, despite reading from only Tess's third person narrative. Their expressions, actions and dialogue held everything that I felt I needed to know as the reader. I was curious in regards to Greg almost as soon as Tess began to talk about her husband. Although things seemed normal on the surface, there was a strange undercurrent in regards to him that I just couldn't put my finger on, and this continued, holding me captive throughout the story. I found myself worrying for Tess and the growing child within her, once I was aware that she'd moved to Boston with Greg, away from her good friend Nell and everything that she'd known previously. But again, due to Lucy's fantastic descriptions and ability to hide secrets so well, I just couldn't fathom why! Greg, as mentioned before, just didn't sit right with me. There was something about his character that niggled away at my brain, and during Lucy's descriptions of Greg, I found myself studying everything about the man, trying to figure out exactly what it was that made me feel that way towards him. Together, Greg and Tess held such a massive force within this novel, constantly snatching my attention towards every interaction between them. Lucy's brilliant plot and hints towards mystery really did keep me guessing, and guessing again.

I think what also added to the shady tone of Tess's new life in Boston was the complete 'newness' of it all. I could tell that it was taking some time for Tess, and her son Joe, to get used to their new surroundings, and at certain parts throughout the novel, I did begin to wonder if perhaps the peculiar happenings that began to arise were, actually, born from paranoia and nerves at being alone in the new surroundings. There were neighbours who Tess watched carefully, strangers who took her by surprise and all sorts of intense, heart-racing moments that had me gripping the book extra-tightly. The Other Child was absolutely rammed with all manner of moments that had me holding my breath, letting my breath out hurriedly, or just forgetting to breathe altogether. It was so gripping, so thrilling and ultimately one hell of a haunted-maze novel that had me second-guessing everything and everyone.

Becca's Books is awarding 'The Other Child' by Lucy Atkins with FIVE DELICIOUS CUPCAKES! This novel had it all, everything that keeps your mind ticking over, wondering what's going to happen next. 


Thanks to the fabulous people over at Quercus books, I'm also able to offer you lovely readers the chance to win a copy of The Other Child by Lucy Atkins. 
Please note - this giveaway is UK ONLY.

~ Author Bio ~

Lucy Atkins is an award-winning feature journalist and author, as well as a Sunday Times book critic. She has written for many newspapers, including The Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times and The Telegraph, as well as magazines such as Psychologies, Red, Woman and Home and Grazia. She lives in Oxford.



  1. I love the writing style you give to your reviews, between that and the thrilling storyline of this book, I think it is a must read!
    Thanks, Amanda.

  2. I'm ashamed to say this one had passed me by but it looks fantastic and I'd love to win it, having read your review. Fingers crossed and thanks for the opportunity to enter.