The Adoption – ARC Book Review

Title:- The Adoption

Author:- Jenna Kernan

No. of pages:- 407 pages

Publisher:- Bookouture

Date published:- will be published on May 11th 2022

Genre:- Psychological Thriller

Rating:- 3/5 stars

Your little girl is all yours… isn’t she?

Dani and her husband Tate’s life together is almost perfect. But Dani is haunted by guilt for causing a terrible car accident that left her unable to have children. She can’t remember why she was driving so fast that day or where she was going. Her therapist says she should try to move on.

So when their application to adopt is accepted, Dani sobs with joy. As perfect little Willow nestles in her arms, Dani looks at Tate’s loving smile and knows he will always provide for his family, no matter what.

When Dani sees a woman staring as she pushes Willow’s stroller around the safe, gated Florida community where they live, she tells herself it’s simply an admiring passer-by. After all, Dani herself used to watch the local moms and wish she was in their shoes.

But when Dani wakes in the night to find Willow’s crib empty, their perfect life becomes a nightmare.

In her frantic distress for her daughter, Dani’s memories of the accident flash through her mind. And with a jolt she realises: everyone around her has been lying about that day.

Will Dani find out the truth before it’s too late for her baby girl?

Or will facing her own dark secrets tear them all apart?

OK, this was an OK psychological thriller in my opinion.

Dani and Tate, who is a judge seemed to be leading a happy life. But when an accident happen, that changes Dani’s life–she cannot have any more children and she cannot even remember what led to the accident. So when the adoption papers were approved, Dani was overjoyed. But then a woman starts stalking her and Dani wonders if she can trust the people around her.

Honestly, this started out pretty boring. Too much reptitions, too much dialogue and it felt as if it was slow paced and not much of twists and turns. Towards the middle, it got slightly interesting but then the ending was everything about the story was predictable. The plot of the story was however great but nonetheless, too much reptitions, not much twists and turns and an ending that was predictable kind of ruined the story. Dani is labeled out as an unreliable narrator which seemed to be a trend in many psychological thrillers these days but then again, it didn’t really do justice to the book.

As the middle part got interesting, overall, this book was an OK thriller though not fast paced or gripping as it should have been. Worth three stars.

Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

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Publishers Weekly bestselling author, Jenna Kernan, is the 2021 bronze medal winner in the Florida Book Awards Popular Fiction category for her debut crime thriller, A Killer’s Daughter. With roots in romantic suspense, she has written more than forty books. Her gripping thrillers, A Killer’s Daughter and The Hunted Girls, feature a criminal psychologist turned profiler, who is the daughter of an infamous female serial killer. Her debut domestic thriller, The Adoption, releases in May 2022. Jenna lives on Florida’s Gulf Coast with her husband. A natural redhead, Jenna has increased her sunscreen to SPF50.

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