Caro and Jeff Horne seem to have it all until they learn that Jeff is infertile. Caro married Jeff because her biggest wish was to be a mother, and he had the means to give their children a better life than she’d had. Jeff, who is besotted with Caro, is terrified he will lose her now they can’t have a baby.
Across town, Sharon is eight months pregnant and unsure if she really wants to be a mother. Soon her world will collide with Jeff’s. He wants to keep Caro happy and decides that getting a baby is the only way.
Then Caro is accidently drawn into an underworld of drugs…
Meanwhile, Jeff is increasingly desperate to find a baby – but what length’s is he prepared to go to?
Is Sharon in danger, and will Caro ever have the family she’s always dreamed of?
Baby Dear starts off with a gripping scene in present day. Then the author takes us back to the beginning and to the build up of events that lead us back to where the book started off.
Being lucky enough to have children myself, I could only ever imagine what it must be like to be told that you are unable to have children. For Jeff, I think because the issue is on his part, he feels a failure and is desperate to not lose Caro. You really feel for the pair as it’s what they both want and the fact they can’t have a child starts to take it’s toll on their relationship.
Where as Caro and Jeff are desperate for a child, Sharon is struggling still to come to terms with having a baby. It wasn’t quite in her plan to have one so soon and in a way I think she resents the unborn child somewhat. Obviously that all changes when she has the baby. Sharon I did find quite selfish to start with. To be fair she is struggling with the whole thing and finds herself somewhat isolated.
This is very much a story of how far you would go to get something that you desperately want. It does make you think about what you would do in the same situation. I hope though not many will resort to what Jeff does.
Baby Dear is a heart racing and gripping read. The reader knows what is coming due to the story flicking between the characters. Jeff I just wanted to grab and give a good shake whilst Sharon I wanted to warn her of what was coming. It certainly makes for a tense read. Yet another great read from the queen of psychological thrillers/suspense.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
Baby Dear is available to purchase from Amazon.
Linda grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, but went to work in Switzerland for a year aged twenty-two, and has lived there ever since. Her day jobs have included working as a physiotherapist in hospitals and schools for handicapped children, and teaching English in a medieval castle. Not to mention several years spent as a full-time mum to two boys, a rescue dog, and a large collection of goldfish and guinea pigs.
Her writing career began in the nineties, when she had over fifty feel-good short stories published in women’s magazines. Several years later, she discovered the love of her writing life – psychological suspense fiction. Her first novel was published in 2013, and was followed by four others. She has also published a charity collection of feel-good short stories.
After spending large chunks of the current decade moving house, Linda has now settled in a beautiful flat on the banks of Lake Constance in north-east Switzerland, and is working on another suspense novel.