Hush Little Baby by Joanna Barnard

A good read if you like a domestic ‘whodunnit’ that twists and turns to a final unveiling! I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Returning drunk from a night out with work colleagues, mum Sally is woken by concerned dad, Richard. Their baby son Oliver is in distress and needs to go to A&E urgently.
Oliver, it turns out, has a broken arm, and his parents have no clear idea on how it happened! Concerned for his wellbeing, Social Services remove Oliver from his parent’s care and place him in temporary foster care with his paternal grandparents while they review his case.
An absorbing and thought provoking book exploring truth, lies and relationships written from the different perspectives of Sally; Richard and Richard’s teenage daughter Martha from a previous marriage. The ending, however, did leave me a little cold. Author Joanna Barnard covers her tracks well, and there are more than one suspect along the way who could be held responsible for little Oliver’s broken arm, but the final reveal was, I felt a little disappointing, although I don’t know what, if anything, I could have done better.
4 out of 5 stars from me!


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