When Ottawa psychologist and single mother Susan Koss discovers that a strange man has been following her twelve-year-old daughter Maddy, she fears he's a predator. But it's worse than that. The man, Daniel Kazan, believes Maddy is his granddaughter, abducted as a baby—and he's obsessed with getting her back.
Susan insists on a DNA test to disprove Daniel's claim, but the result is one she can't understand or explain: it says she's not Maddy's mother.
Then Maddy vanishes. Susan's convinced Daniel has taken her, but he has an alibi, and two searches of his house turn up nothing. The hunt is on—police are on full mobilization, and Susan fears the worst.
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A psychological suspense thriller
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Thank you to Netgalley and Backlit PR for this ARC of Not Your Child by Lis Angus.
I always promise to give an honest review whether I love the book or not. Frankly, I'm not quite sure about this one. Yes, it definitely held my interest but I just felt it didn't completely satisfy me in the end. It wasn't missing any explanation or details, I just wasn't crazy about this one. However, I do not regret reading it and would still recommend this one to fans of mysteries.
What a crazy ride this was!
Ottawa psychologist and single mother Susan Koss discovers that a strange man has been following her twelve-year-old daughter Maddy. She fears he's a predator, but it's worse than that. The man, Daniel Kazan, believes Maddy is his granddaughter, abducted as a baby—and he's obsessed with getting her back.
The book immediately had the reader hooked. Angus wasted no time in getting the reader involved in the story, picking up the pace as Daniel’s obsession grew. Everything becomes more complicated when a DNA test is done, teasing the reader, making us wonder what will happen next. Maddy comes across as a very strong-minded little girl, and you really feel for her and her mother as well, when you realize how complicated their relationship is. The mothers fear becomes your fear, and I simply had to continue reading to see how it all would end.
Thanks to netgalley and backlit PR for this arc.
Wow! That was kind of a crazy story! I went back and forth on this book, but I did enjoy reading it in the end! The storyline was very interesting it had light suspense, definitely intrigue, and a crazy storyline! I can't say to much about this book without giving to much away, but its definitely worth reading! Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for sharing this book with me!
This ARC was provided to me via Kindle, The Wild Rose Press, Inc and by #NetGalley. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
A wild ride from the beginning. Most epic twists and turns. Truly enjoyable.
What a ride this book was! Fast paced book that will keep you guessing! ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5
I’ve been told “DNA doesn’t lie, people do”. But what happens when a mom gives birth to a daughter and 12 years later finds out she has no DNA match??
Psychologist and single mother Susan and her 12 year old daughter Mandy reside in Canada. Daniel claims that Maddie is his granddaughter that got abducted from a car accident that resolved in the death of his granddaughter Hannah’s mom and dad. Susan goes through a DNA test and finds out her daughter has no DNA connection with her. Is Maddy Daniels granddaughter??? Is Susan Maddys mom?? Find out on April 18th @lisangus459 makes her book debut! Thank you @netgalley for the opportunity to read this before publishing date! #notyourchild #authordebut #comingapril2022 #mustread #bookstagram #netgalley #bookreview
Not Your Child by Lis Angus is a mystery novel involving psychologist Dr. Susan Koss, who discovers an older man has been following her 12 year old daughter Maddy. The man following Maddy is Daniel & he claims that Maddy is his long lost granddaughter, who went missing after a horrific car accident 11 years prior.
The premise of this book may seem a bit far fetched, but I was curious to read this because it sounded like it would be extra suspenseful & have lots of twists. Unfortunately, this was not the book for me. I struggled with the choices the characters would make. I just couldn’t process them to make any sense.
Sometimes the way they spoke didn’t feel realistic, but given the unusual & stressful circumstances, perhaps I’m wrong.
I got frustrated many times with characters & their actions. A lot of times things just didn’t quite add up & I know not everyone behaves perfectly all the time but even the professionals in the police force did things that just didn’t seem to gel with what would be proper behavior for the circumstances. There was also a lot of repetition that I felt made the story lose its’ momentum. Overall, this book made me sad & frustrated.
There was a twist that I didn’t expect, which I always appreciate when reading mystery novels. I don’t want to give anything away but I will say I was glad how some things were resolved in the end
Not Your Child by Lis Angus comes out April 18, 2022.
Thanks to NetGalley & The Wild Rose Press for giving me the opportunity to read an arc of this in exchange for an honest review.
Trigger warnings: This book mentions &/or contains death, car accidents, baby disappearance, child endangerment, missing child, kidnapping, violence & gore.
This. Book.Is. Amazing. From the start you are hooked trying to figure out why an old man is creepily watching preteen girls. When you find out why, you question everyone’s motives. You are always trying to figure something out, even when it seems straightforward.
There is no super twist or turn just quality writing with characters and a story you want to get all the answers to. That is what makes this book unique, readable, relatable, and downright un-put-down-able. I really enjoyed the preteen-mom relationship and turmoil that was realistically written. If you are a thriller reader, definitely pick this up when it comes out April 18th.
While some parts of the book are repetitive, I really enjoyed this one! It’s the type of book that makes you put yourself in the characters’ shoes and think how you would feel/react in their situations. Lots of twists and turns, I enjoyed the author’s writing style as well.
This was a wild ride from the start! Read it all in one sitting COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!!!! Single mom Susan learns a man is following her 12 year old daughter Maddy, she fears the worst for her daughter. The man following her, Daniel actually believes Maddy is his long lost granddaughter that went missing as a baby. Susan believes A quick DNA test can put all this to rest but all it proves is….Susan is not Maddy’s Mother. And then Maddy goes missing, She believes it’s Daniel but he has an alibi. The twist and turns had me hooked and I could not read fast enough to discover the ending and THE ENDING?!!!! was not expecting that!!!!
Not Your child is the story of man who sees who he believes to be his missing grand daughter on her way home from school. When Susan Koss discovers that a strange man has been following her twelve-year-old daughter Maddy, she fears he's a predator. Daniel follows her home and begins to try to find out more about her. Susan calls and reports that a strange man has been following Maddy. When Daniel believes he is correct he then goes to her house where he tries to tell the mother that she has his grand daughter. Susan realizes that this man is a threat to her daughter, gets rid of him and calls the police again to report he showed up at her house.
The book quickly escalates as the story unfolds as Susan tries to protect her daughter and Daniel’s obsession grows. A DNA test is done, but this test will give the reader more questions than answers. Maddy will disappear adding to everyone's worst fears.
This was a riveting story that was a fast afternoon read. I just couldn't put it down until I was finished. The ending was a surprise that seemed hard to believe but anything is possible with science and DNA.
Susan is an overprotective mother learns that her 12 year old daughter Maddy is being followed/questioned by an older man, Daniel. Daniel lost his daughter in a car crash, and his baby granddaughter was missing from the backseat of the car. He is convinced Maddy is his missing granddaughter. Susan wants to put the issue to rest and volunteers to run DNA tests. The results are shocking -- not only do the tests NOT preclude the possibility that Daniel might be Maddy's grandfather, but even more incredible, the results show that Susan is not Maddy's mother. What? How? Then Maddy goes missing and Susan blames Daniel, who has an alibi. The story is told through the three viewpoints of Susan, Maddy and Daniel and is a fast-paced suspenseful read that does an excellent job of getting into each character's head to show their thoughts and motivations.
From the first page, I was hooked. A fast, engaging read. The plot literally thickens with each page and the different viewpoints narrated have you guessing and hoping for answers. Any expectation I had for this book was far surpassed once I started reading. Full recommendation.
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What a ride this book is, the only not so good thing was that it was a bit repetitive. It is about a grandfather who thinks he has found his missing granddaughter only she belongs to someone else or does she? Overall I enjoyed this book as a nice suspense/mystery 4\5 stars
Identifying a kidnapped child with DNA is routine these days, but this had an unusual technical twist. I was cringing when she gave the results to the stalker (what?). No big surprise ending here!
Thank you NetGalley and Wild Rose Press for an early copy of this captivating novel.
Rating: 4.5 ⭐️ rounded up to 5 ⭐️
This novel was more of a mystery book rather than a thriller in my opinion, although there is a bit of a twist/revelation at the very end which wrapped the story up in a nice bow, so to speak. The author does an excellent job of capturing the readers attention as I found myself struggling to put the book down. I would recommend this book to mystery lovers.
Ottawa psychologist and single mother Susan Koss discovers that a strange man has been following her twelve-year-old daughter Maddy. She fears he’s a predator, but it’s worse than that. The man, Daniel Kazan, believes Maddy is his granddaughter, abducted as a baby—and he’s obsessed with getting her back.
Susan insists on a DNA test to disprove Daniel’s claim, but the result is one she can’t understand or explain: it says she’s not Maddy’s mother.
Then Maddy vanishes. Susan’s convinced Daniel has taken her, but he has an alibi, and two searches of his house turn up nothing. The hunt is on—police are on full mobilization, and Susan fears the worst.
This is a page turning read.
Wonderful well written plot and story line that had me engaged from the start.
Love the well fleshed out characters and found them believable.
Great suspense and found myself second guessing every thought I had continuously.
Can't wait to read what the author brings out next.
I was provided an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher. This is my own hone\st voluntary review.
This was the first book I have read from this author, and I certainly would recommend it to others.
The book tells different points of view from the three main characters in the storyline. Daniel claims that Mandy is his granddaughter, Susan is Mandy's mom and then Mandy herself. I found this to be a powerful suspense story, one that the answers aren't always what they seem. I was immediately hooked and couldn't put the book down.
As a diehard fan of suspense thrillers, I must admit that this story exceeded my expectations. The dark intensity of the storyline and the complexity of Susan, Maddy and Daniel's story kept me thoroughly riveted, engrossed, and guessing as the pieces to the puzzle come together. I was definitely shocked by the ending of the storyline tho.
Not Your Child is one heck of an adrenaline rush that is a must-read for the true diehard suspense thriller junkie!