Emily is a single mum to teenager Sofia. They have the usual battles over social media and unsuitable friendships but these have an added overtone due to their past…
The Nursery is a psychological thriller and domestic drama.
Emily’s natural motherly concern for her daughter borders on paranoia. I think every parent will identify with the fears about allowing teens an increased independence. These feelings are intensified for Emily as she constantly worries about her ex discovering their location. The modern issue of online identity is covered by the plot.
There are plenty of hints about their past and why Emily is worried about their safety. I did find the first third of the book a little slow and the clues were quite repetitive. There are tense moments which show Emily’s constant vigilance and the state of panic she lives in.
I did start to wonder why the book has been given this title as Sofia is a teenager, however all becomes clear later as the plot develops. The book is written from Emily’s first person perspective so that we are fully attuned to her emotions and thought processes. Get ready for some big twists in the second half of the book…!
The Nursery is a slow burning psychological thriller.
The Nursery book description:
Then: Morning light shines into the nursery, casting shadows across the pale pink walls and wooden cot in the middle of the room. She opens the door expecting to hear the soft coo of her daughter Sofia stretching herself awake. But the room is silent. The cot is empty. Her little girl has vanished…
Now: Twelve years have passed, but Emily will never forget the night her life changed forever and she’s happy to have her daughter back beside her. A teenager now, Sofia – who was once a star student – is getting into trouble at school and she’s started asking questions about when she was a baby, but Emily can’t tell her what really happened the night she went missing. Nobody would understand why Emily did what she did, and if anyone ever found out, she could lose her daughter forever.
But when Emily catches Sofia messaging a stranger online, her heart pounds in her chest as she reads the last message received.
Your mother isn’t who you think she is.
Days later, Emily returns home to find the house silent. She checks every room but Sofia has vanished, again. She shudders as she remembers that night in the nursery. Has her past finally caught up with her? And is she already too late to save her precious daughter?
A completely gripping, utterly twisted thriller that will leave your jaw on the floor. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, The Wife Between Us and The Woman in the Window.
Sue Watson was a journalist on national magazines and newspapers before becoming a TV producer with the BBC.
Now a USA Today bestselling author, Sue explores the darker side of life, writing psychological thrillers with big twists.
Originally from Manchester, she now lives with her family in leafy Worcestershire where much of her day is spent writing – and procrastinating. Her hobby is eating cake while watching diet and exercise programmes from the sofa, a skill she’s perfected after many years of practice.