Playing Nice

Playing Nice

A Novel

Book - 2020
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Miles and Lucy, a posh and near-perfect couple, tell Pete and Maddie that Theo isn't his son. Their children were switched at the hospital. At first, the couples are determined to reach a mutual agreement. But soon their precarious arrangement begins to erode under the weight of perceived slights, hidden anxieties and petty jealousies. It isn't long before Miles reveals himself to be cold, commanding and aggressive. When he brings a custody case against the Rileys. That's when their damaging secrets are exposed, their relationship tested to its breaking point.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, ©2020.
ISBN: 9780385693837
Characteristics: 402 pages ;,24 cm.

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Jul 17, 2020

Are psychopaths born? Or are they made? Is it nature or nurture? This new thriller from J.P. Delaney was welcome surprise. The spectrum of creativity spanned by this author's body of work is astounding. Each book has been distinctly different from those before and this one is my favorite so far. The essence of the plot is the discovery that two NICU babies were (inadvertently?) switched soon after birth, sending two boys home with parents with whom they have no shared DNA. Once both sets of parents become aware of the error, they decide to amicably share in each other's lives -- one big happy family, right? Not for long. Before long the legal battles are escalating and officials from the police department and social services are stepping in. A terrifying tale of two families run amok by one psychopathic overachiever. You will have to read it to believe it. If you love Lisa Jewell, this one if for you.

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