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Apple of My Eye
Just how far is a mother willing to go?
When a mysterious note arrives for seven months pregnant nurse Eliana Hughes, she begins to doubt every aspect of her life – from her mixed feelings about motherhood to her marriage to Martin, who has become distant in recent months.
As the person behind the note escalates their campaign to out Eli’s husband as a cheat, she finds herself unable to trust even her own instincts, and as pressure builds, she makes a mistake that jeopardises her entire future.
Elsewhere, someone is watching. Someone who desperately wants a baby to call their own and will go to any lengths to become a mother – and stay a mother…
Eliana Hughes is seven months pregnant when she receives a message which could very well tear her life apart. Seven short words. Harmless? Perhaps not. The note shifts the equilibrium and Eli’s suspicion grows. The note asks if she can trust her husband, Martin, how well does she really knows him. Eli dismisses the note as a bad joke, a prank and continues work as a nurse, everyday helping her patients and their loved ones with the heartbreak they face. Her work is the distraction she needs from the constant nausea and the fears of motherhood. When she receives a second message alluding to Martin being unfaithful, she realises that it is no prank, someone somewhere is targeting her. Cracks are beginning to show in her family and soon they will be beyond repair.
I really enjoyed the way the author depicts the scenes in which Eli cares for her patients. She is kind and compassionate and determined to give the best care and comfort she can to those around her. The reader is afforded an insight into the pride she takes in her work and it made me really warm to her. In comparison, the antagonist’s narrative was very chilling. She is intent on being a mother, no matter what. Even if that child is not hers. This is an unnerving evocation of desperation, loneliness and all the differing shades of love, even if that love if not quite as it should be.
It’s apparent from early on in the book that Eli is struggling with the pregnancy. The people around her told her it would be a beautiful time, she’d be glowing, her love for the baby growing with each passing day. But, despite desperately yearning for it, that bond with her baby just isn’t there. I really felt for Eli. She’s in emotion turmoil, fraught with fears about being a mother. The author really pulls on the heartstrings.
As more messages arrive and the stranger’s campaign gathers momentum, the edges of Eli’s life begin to fray and trust in everyone around her shatters. Who is tormenting her? And why? For Eli, it can’t get any worse. But it can, it will when she learns the truth. Because some truths are better unknown.
Chilling. Surprising. Pacy.
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About The Author
Claire Allan is an International Bestselling Author from Derry in Northern Ireland.
She wrote her first novel in 2006, and Rainy Days and Tuesdays was subsequently published in 2007 and reached number 2 in the Irish Bestsellers chart. She published seven further women’s fiction books with Poolbeg Press before switching genres to crime/ domestic noir.
Her debut psychological thriller, Her Name Was Rose, was published by Avon Books, an imprint of Harper Collins, in June 2018. It has hit the bestseller charts in the UK, Australia, Canada and is a USA Today bestseller.
A former journalist with the Derry Journal, Claire made the switch to writing full time in 2016.
She is married, a mum to two kids (one of each kind) and they share their home with two cats and a dog. She considers Michael Buble to be her one true love – although she rarely talks about the time she met him, and he kissed her and she kissed him back.
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With thanks to Sabah and Avon Books. I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.