Book Review: My Husband's Son by Deborah O'Connor

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Title - My Husband's Son
Author - Deborah O'Connor
Publication Date - June 16th 2016
Publisher - twenty7
Format - Kindle Edition
Pages - 280

Heidi and Jason aren't like other couples. Six years ago, Heidi's daughter was murdered. A year later, Jason's son Barney disappeared. Their shared loss brought them together.

By chance, Heidi meets a boy she's certain is her husband's long-missing son - but Jason is equally convinced it's not him.

Is Heidi mad? Or is Jason hiding something? And can their fragile marriage survive Heidi's search for the truth...

My Husband's Son by Deborah O'Connor was a very intriguing and mysterious read. In this novel, we're introduced to Heidi and Jason, a couple brought together by the loss of their children. Although Heidi's daughter was murdered, Jason's son Barney was never found when he went missing and so, no matter how much time has passed, Jason is waiting hopefully for his return. O'Connor ensures readers aren't left waiting too long for the story to find its pace, and it isn't long before the unthinkable happens. Whilst browsing in an off-licence, Heidi is sure that she spots a boy behind the till who is her husband's son, and from that point onwards, we're led on a gripping and twisting voyage of discovering the truth behind the boy's identity, and also the truth behind what happened on the day of Barney's disappearance.

O'Connor has such a fantastic style to her writing, and it couples perfectly with the premise and resulting tone of this novel. Right the way through, I was constantly aware of a sense of foreboding, of things to come that might just change Heidi's world completely. After she spots the boy in the off-licence, she's unable to let go of the feeling that there's something more to it, even despite Jason's assurance that it's not his son that she's stumbled upon. Nevertheless, Heidi refuses to be put off. What follows is a search for answers, leading Heidi down paths she never saw coming, and introductions to people who really aren't all that they first appear to be. I was kept guessing right the way through, wondering what on earth had happened to Barney and whether he was even still alive. As the novel progressed, other secrets began to surface that took Heidi, and myself, completely by surprise. It seemed that everyone had a secret of their own in this novel.

Not only does O'Connor focus on Heidi's search, but she also includes other aspects of Heidi's life that made this all the more interesting. The consequences of Heidi's activities in finding out more about the boy and the owner of the off-licence were displayed fantastically through her career and marriage to Jason. Even despite these things happening though, Heidi refuses to give up. I was hooked as she went from place to place, adding more details to her findings as she did so. I was eager to find out whether she was right or wrong in her assumptions. It was towards the very end of the novel when the pace picked up for me. As circumstances came to a head, I couldn't race through the pages fast enough to see how it would all play out for those involved. Suffice to say, the ending was a surprising one that I didn't expect at all. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and loved the bumpy, twisting ride that the author took me on.

All in all, My Husband's Son by Deborah O'Connor was a satisfyingly mysterious, edgy and brilliantly intriguing read. With the constant threat of being found out, coupled with Heidi's urge to get ever closer to her person of interest, the tension was almost dizzying at times. I really enjoyed this book and will look forward to reading more from this author in future. Becca's Books is awarding My Husband's Son by Deborah O'Connor with four of my bookish stars. If you're a fan of thrilling and gripping reads coupled with the mystery of a missing child, then I'm sure you'll enjoy this one.

About the author
Deborah O'Connor is a writer and TV producer. Born and bred in the North-East of England, in 2010 she completed the Faber Academy novel writing course. She lives in London with her husband and daughter.

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