Watch Over Me by Jane Renshaw
ebook, 345 pages
Expected publication: February 3rd 2020 by Inkubator Books
About the Book:
Flora always dreamed of the day she’d become a mother. But some dreams turn into nightmares. Flora and Neil are happily married, but they can’t have children so decide to adopt. And when Flora meets little Beckie it’s love at first sight. Deep in her heart, she knows they’re meant for each other, destined to be mother and daughter. When Flora officially becomes Beckie’s mum, it’s like a part of her that’s always been missing is finally in place. She is complete, every day filled with purpose and joy. There’s only one problem. Beckie was taken from her birth family, the Johnsons, because they have a history of violence and criminal behaviour and so are judged to be unfit to care for a child. But the Johnsons don’t agree. As far as they’re concerned, Flora has stolen their little girl and they are determined to get her back. They’re very smart, utterly ruthless – and they have a plan. One that will turn Flora’s life into a living hell and push her to the very edge of insanity.
I was sucked into this book from the first page. Now I am the first to admit that books that make me have to suspend belief too much tick me off, and this book definitely does that...BUT...if you're going to write a book that's way out there...this is the way to do it right. I was enthralled with the story-line, I cared about the characters and I couldn't put the book down because I wanted to find out what was going to happen next.
This book has an intriguing premise and the plot is well-executed. Most of the characters are fully-formed (one or two caricatures among them)and it is generally well written, keeps up a decent pace, has some characters that you just love to hate and has a few unexpected twists. Jane Renshaw certainly has an imagination and in this book she’s created the perfect twisted and slimy situation. The book made me feel icky, in good way....those Johnson's!
Thank you NetGalley, Jane Renshaw and Inkubator Books for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.