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The New Son, by Iain Maitland

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TRIGGER WARNING: adoption, miscarriage
Nina is recovering from a miscarriage when the son she gave up for adoption 19 years ago arrives on her doorstep. He makes her re-evaluate her life and relationships, and her partner Gary is not happy at all with the new arrival…
The New Son is a psychological thriller set in the UK.
Poor Nina has had a rough life. She got pregnant at 16 and lost her true love Ryan as well as giving away their child, Now she is with the awful Gary and she has just had a miscarriage. Liam’s arrival seems like a miracle to her but Gary is angry that he has competition for her love but more importantly her money.
Ooh Gary had me mad! He is sponging off Nina constantly and I honestly saw no redeeming features to him at all. I was so pleased when Liam sparks such hope and joy for NIna after her recent tragedy and the hideous way she is treated by Gary and his equally repugnant daughter.
The plot takes a darker turn as emotions reach boiling point. Nina has accepted second best for so long and let others order her around. I understood Nina’s dilemma as she tries to protect her son but she is still letting others dictate her life. Adding to the tense atmosphere, there are some violent imaginings and nightmares which are quite unpleasant and vivid. The ending is dramatic and unexpected.
The New Son is a tense and engaging psychological thriller.
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Book Blurb
Nina always wanted a child of her own. Now she has one.
Nina feels trapped. Her partner Gary is controlling, his daughter hates her, and she’s recently suffered a miscarriage. Just as her life seems hopeless, Alex, the son she gave up for adoption nearly 20 years ago, shows up at her door. Somehow, he has tracked her down.
Their reunion is everything Nina has hoped for. Now she has a child of her own, someone in the family who really cares about her.
But honeymoons are brief and this one is no exception.
Far from welcoming him, Gary is hostile to Alex and as their arguments become increasingly vicious, it soon becomes clear that Nina must choose between them.
But how will the abusive Gary react if she rejects him? And can she trust Alex? Is he really the loving son he seems to be – or does he have a sinister agenda of his own?
Iain’s Bio
Iain Maitland is the author of three previous psych thrillers for Inkubator Books: The Soulmate, The Perfect Husband and The Girl Downstairs.
Iain is also the author of two memoirs, Dear Michael, Love Dad, a book of letters written to his eldest son who experienced depression and anorexia, and (co-authored with Michael) Out Of The Madhouse.
He has also written a semi-autobiographical novel, The Old Man, His Dog & Their Longest Journey.
He is an Ambassador for Stem4, the teenage mental health charity. He talks regularly about mental health issues in schools and colleges and workplaces.
Find out more about Iain at www.iainmaitland.net  and twitter.com/iainmaitland
Iain’s Links
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Twitter : www.twitter.com/iainmaitland
Website : www.iainmaitland.net

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