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The Other Child

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'Taut, tense, and beautifully written' Clare Mackintosh

'Addictive' Sunday Times

Sometimes a lie feels kinder than the truth . . . but what happens when that lie becomes an avalanche of deceit?

When Tess is sent to photograph Greg, a high-profile paediatric surgeon, she sees something complex in him that she instantly connects with. Their relationship quickly deepens, but then Tess - already a single mother to nine-year-old Joe - finds out she's pregnant.

Greg, who never wanted to be a father, is then offered the job of a lifetime back in his hometown of Boston, USA. Within just a few months, they have married and moved to the States.

But life in an affluent Boston suburb is not as straightforward as Tess had hoped. Strange things keep happening in their rented home - Joe is unsettled, the next-door neighbours are clearly troubled, and Greg's work is all-consuming. As a fierce Boston winter closes in, and her baby's birth looms, Tess remains determined to make this new life work.

Then she makes a jaw-dropping discovery . . .


'Wonderfully skilled' Sarah Perry
'Sly, witty and gripping' Naomi Alderman
'Wholly beguiling' Mick Herron
'Highly intelligent' Sarah Vaughan
'Beguiling, brilliantly creepy' Claire Fuller


'Will hold your attention until the very last page!' 5* reader review
'Totally got lost in it' 5* reader review
'Atmospheric and suspenseful' 5* reader review
'A psychological thriller with scarily tense moments that had my heart in my throat' 5* reader review
'Read it cover to cover in two sittings' 5* reader review

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"An elegantly written page-turner which pulled me in from the start and held its grip until the final page." - Renée Knight

"I held my breath between chapters and didn't sleep until I reached the end." - Clare Mackintosh

"Lucy Atkins is brilliant at ramping up the tension so that there's not a chance of relief until the end." - Polly Samson

"Not just one-more-page gripping but perceptive and beautifully written." - Lucie Whitehouse

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