Not My Child by Jane E. James #bookreviewNot My Child by Jane E. James
Published by Joffe Books on September 14, 2023
Genres: Psychological Thrillers
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All Tara longs for is her lost child to find her. But she should be careful what she wishes for . . .

Tara’s life is almost perfect. Her handsome husband Dino adores her. They have two beautiful children. Although money is tight, their marriage is happy.

But there’s something missing.

Tara can never forget the baby she was forced to give up for adoption all those years ago. The boy she called Ryan. She always wonders what happened to him.

Finally, a young man comes looking for Tara. He says he’s Ryan, her long-lost son.

His arrival will destroy everything in Tara’s carefully-constructed new life.

Because Tara has been keeping secrets from her husband and everyone around her. Secrets that Ryan’s appearance will force into the open — with horrifying consequences.

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My Thoughts

As a newcomer to Jane E. James’ work, I was pleasantly surprised by the depth and complexity of this psychological thriller. The author’s decision to switch between past and present was a masterful choice that kept me hooked from start to finish. It added to the suspense in a way that made the story feel more layered and interesting.

But what really stood out for me were the characters. Each one was expertly crafted, with unique personalities and motivations that made them feel like real people. I found myself invested in their lives and decisions, rooting for some and despising others.

Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good psychological thriller. It’s a well-written and gripping story that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Don’t miss out on this one!

Thank you to Zoé from ZooLoo Book Tours and the author for allowing me to read and review this book.


About Jane E. James

Best selling author, Jane E James creates chilling reads that appeal to fans of psychological thrillers, mysteries and dark fiction. Jane loves to weave tense and haunting tales that stay in the reader’s mind. All her books are standalone novels.

Her 2nd novel, The Crying Boy (a compelling suspense thriller inspired by actual events) became an overnight best seller on Amazon, knocking both Stephen King and Dean Koontz off the top suspense spot. Jane started out as a scriptwriter but soon switched back to her love of writing novels and couldn’t be happier. A life in the city just wasn’t for her.

When she isn’t writing (or reading) Jane enjoys living ‘the good life’ in the Rutland countryside, in a small village close to the town of Stamford, Lincolnshire in the UK; known for its quirky tea shops and cobbled streets.

An animal lover, who believes ‘all life is precious’ Jane is a vegetarian trying very hard to become a vegan. Her motto in life is to ‘say yes to everything.’ Up until recently, Jane always owned dogs but having lost all her ‘fur-babies’ over the last ten years, is not quite ready to give her heart to another.

Although born in Cambridgeshire, she is half Welsh and hopes, one day, to retire to the mountains of South Wales, where she feels closest to her late mother, whose maiden name ‘James’ is where Jane gets her pen name from. Once there, she plans to adopt and rescue all kinds of animals including donkeys, sheep, chickens and goats.