Mother Knows Best – Apple Of My Eye Review

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Apple of my Eye is a pretty good book that I can’t really get too into for risk of spoiling, but I’m going to do my best.

Apple of my Eye is a tense read, and the pacing is great throughout – there are never moments where you feel like you’re being dragged along and likewise there are no major leaps ahead in story either.

The story is narrated by three characters: Eliana – our main character who is heavily pregnant, Louise – a character we don’t learn too much about (purposely) until about half way through the book and Angela – Eliana’s mother.

As a minor aside, the main character’s name, Eli, initially confused me as it felt more like a male name with a different pronunciation (think Eli Roth) and although I soon realised it was actually “Ellie”, short for Eliana, I still kept pronouncing it wrong in my head. It was a little distracting, but it my problem, not the books.

The characters, as few in numbers as they are, range from sweet to abhorrent but are believable and in one case it’s quite frightening.

“Decide I need to get on with my work, where I’ll probably watch someone else die. That’ll be the least distressing part of my day.”

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Eliana works in a hospice and helps people pass away comfortably at the end of their lives, and there is a particularly heart wrenching and heartfelt scene which remains believable in its devastation.  However despite all this, and without giving too much away, it took me a while to warm up to Eli. Usually I don’t mind this, as it could very well be the author’s intent – but I get the feeling we’re supposed to immediately like Eli and be on her side from page one.

However she’s quite dense in the beginning – there’s no real reason for her to mistrust her husband (I can’t get into it more without spoilers) but she does anyway. But, to the character and author credit, I did end up warming to Eli and she really progressed as a character throughout the book.

Louise was a brilliant character and was so well written. She was incredibly easy to sympathise with and her character was raw and real. I was kept guessing right up until the big reveal on this one!

“There’s nothing I like more than spending time with children. They’re so trusting. So innocent. So malleable.”

But speaking of big reveals…Apple of my Eye has two big reveals. Louise’s was great and I didn’t see it coming until it happened. But there’s another one that I saw coming probably far earlier than the author intended. This kind of ruined the rest of the suspense for me and I just wanted to hit fast-forward.

But despite having the reveal figured out, I was fairly hooked on this book until I finished it and the author writes ‘crazy bitch’ really well! It’s written in short, easy to read chapters which helps readability and the suspense is held throughout the book once it kicks off.

I absolutely recommend Apple of my Eye to anyone who loves the suspense-drama genre.

“She could have another baby – one she actually wanted. She wouldn’t have to give birth to a corpse. The baby would breathe.”

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Thanks to Avon for partnering with me and for providing and advanced copy for review.

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Just how far is a mother willing to go?

When a mysterious note arrives for six months pregnant Dr Eliana Hughes, she begins to doubt every aspect of her life – from her mixed feelings about motherhood to her marriage to Martin, who has become distant in recent months.

As the person behind the note escalates their campaign to out Eli’s husband as a cheat, she finds herself unable to trust even her own instincts, and as pressure builds, she makes a mistake that jeopardises her entire future.

Elsewhere, someone is watching. Someone who desperately wants a baby to call their own and will go to any lengths to become a mother – and stay a mother…

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Do you want to find out how far a mother will go? You can buy Apple of my Eye here with FREE worldwide delivery!

[PLEASE NOTE]: I was not paid or sponsored to write this review. I did receive a copy in exchange for a review, but this did not have any effect on my review – all the opinions are honest and my own.

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