Throwback Thursday: My Husband’s Son by Deborah O’Connor @deboc77 #TBT

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Release date: June 16, 2016

Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre

Genre: Psychological Thriller


You’d always recognise your own son. Wouldn’t you?

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 Barney.

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 newfound quest for the truth . . . 


I’m joining in again with Throwback Thursday which was created by my good friend Renee at It’s Book Talk. She started this weekly feature as a way to highlight old favorites and read books that have already been published. I have so many older books on my TBR that get ignored in favor of review copies and I figure participating in Throwback Thursday will help me to read at a least one older title a week!

I think the psychological thriller label has been thrown around quite a bit as of late and it’s not always quite accurate. I know I’ve been disappointed a few times when I read a book billed as a psych thriller and it’s actually just a mystery/thriller with the psychological aspect missing. My Husband’s Son is the definition of a psychological thriller with every single element needed to make this a gripping page turner. 

The entire story is told from Heidi’s point of view and why I wouldn’t go as far as to say she’s a completely unlikable character, I will admit she frustrated me. I did however feel genuine empathy for her, her young daughter was murdered and as a parent myself I cannot even begin to fathom how you live with that. The details of Lauren’s murder are revealed very slowly and methodically which made me uneasy as I wondered if there was more to that portion of the story than meets the eye. Adding to my apprehension was Heidi’s erratic behavior, she is totally convinced that she saw Jason’s son who has been missing for five years and she is adamant about proving it. As she begins to make rash decisions and altogether bad choices I questioned her motivations and stability again and again. Is she reliable or is she a delusional, grieving mother? I’ll never tell…

This was a perfectly paced read that had me totally addicted the entire time. It put a fresh spin on the whole missing child storyline which is always so appreciated. There were many secrets along the way and there was a killer twist in the end, it was so chilling and nothing I ever would’ve predicted. If you’re a psychological thriller fan and somehow missed this one when it was released last year give it a shot! 

Overall rating: 5/5

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