The Other Child

Published by Quercus, 2015

Taut, tense, and beautifully written. I held my breath between chapters and didn’t sleep until I reached the end‘  

 Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go 

In just a few months British photographer Tess has married Greg, an American paediatric heart surgeon, become pregnant and relocated, with her eight year old son, to Boston, USA.

But although she loves Greg deeply, his job is demanding and ex-pat life in an affluent American suburb turns out to be more isolating than she’d anticipated.

Joe is unsettled, someone is sending accusatory notes to the house, and Tess is sure that the figure she sees in the leafy street is watching her. Then, as the fierce Boston winter closes in and her baby’s birth looms she makes a jaw-dropping discovery that threatens everything.

The Other Child is an acclaimed ‘devour in-one-sitting’ second novel about the power of past family traumas. It was a Woman & Home Magazine book club pick.  Try a FREE extract 

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Praise for The Other Child 

‘Addictive…a pace so relentless that you’ll want to inhale this novel in one uninterrupted sitting’   The Sunday Times

‘Atmospheric and packed with suspense, kept me on edge from start to finish’   Woman & Home Magazine

‘Lucy Atkins does characterisation very well: her characters speak as real people speak, and behave as real people behave’   The Independent

‘An elegantly written page-turner which pulled me in from the start and held its grip until the final page’    Renee Knight, Disclaimer  

‘Seriously gripping, seriously scary and seriously brilliant….I absolutely loved this novel…I read it in terror and fascination’   Claire Kendal,  The Book of You

‘Truly unnerving. The neck-prickling suspense starts on the very first page, building and building until I wanted to get in the car and drive to Boston to rescue Tess and Joe myself…. Not just one-more-page gripping but perceptive and beautifully written’   Lucie Whitehouse, Before We Met

‘ I read it in one sitting….brilliant at ramping up the tension so that there is no putting it down until the end’   Polly Samson, The Kindness.

‘Dark, unsettling, and at times genuinely chilling, this compelling tale will keep you up half the night, racing to get to the end’   Karen Perry,  The Boy That Never Was

‘Beautifully plotted with rich, deftly drawn characters…unfolds in lyric, atmospheric prose’    Priya Parmar, Vanessa and her Sister.


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