My Husband’s Son – Deborah O’Connor

my husband son

My Husband’s Son is a novel that you won’t be able to get out from under your skin after reading it!


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 her husband’s long-missing son.

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 search for the truth . . .

My review: 5/5

The plot focuses on Heidi and Jason, a couple brought together with a common bond – their missing children. The story focuses on Jason’s belief that his son, Barney, is still out there and the unbreakable bond that he forged with him from birth. Interspersed is Kate’s story over what happened to her daughter when she went missing. Kate is convinced that she has found Jason’s son and develops a strange and dark connection with Tommy, a man she believes can help her in her quest to prove that this is Barney.

I felt like a voyeur reading the book, the scenes between Heidi and Tommy were dark and disturbing – it is not graphically written but the reader is left with a sense of feeling unclean and unsettled at what they are witnessing,it is a truly dark, psychological rollercoaster of a read.  All the main characters were flawed, damaged by their past and their actions, it makes them pretty unlikable to readers but this is what works so well in the book – the theme of the plot is missing children and so we feel duty bound to have compassion for the adults involved, despite their actions throughout the book.  I read this book with my heart pounding and with a nasty taste in my mouth but it was a five star read for me – it’s going to take me a while to get out from under my skin!

Excellent debut novel from Deborah O’Connor, thanks to the publishers and Netgalley for the ARC in return for an honest review.


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