The Wrong Child

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Author: Julia Crouch M. J. Arlidge

Category: Fiction & related items

Book Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Orion

ISBN: 9781398716605

RRP: $24.99

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When 3-month-old Max is abducted, his parents are plunged into their worst nightmare. Devastated mum Sarah only took her eyes off him for a second, but that doesn’t stop her guilt. Even husband Jake can’t hide his anger that their little boy went missing on her watch.

By contrast there are smiles and celebration at a caravan park in Lincolnshire, as baby Blaze is introduced to the Star family. Jenna and Gary are delighted with the new addition to their family. He is their fourth child and a real object of delight to their eldest – fifteen-year-old Willow – who once again will raise the child.

But trouble is brewing for the Star family. Willow is concerned by the desperate online appeals from Sarah and Jake, baby Max has neonatal diabetes and without regular treatment will die. As baby “Blaze” becomes seriously ill, Willow makes a shocking discovery. What is the truth about her family? And how far will they go to hide their deadly secret?

M.J. Arlidge has worked in television for the last twenty years, specialising in high-end drama production, including prime-time crime serials Silent Witness, Torn, The Little House and, most recently, the hit ITV show Innocent. In 2015 his audiobook exclusive Six Degrees of Assassination was a number-one bestseller. His debut thriller, Eeny Meeny, was the UK’s bestselling crime debut of 2014 and has been followed by ten more DI Helen Grace thrillers – all Sunday Times bestsellers.

Julia Crouch started out as a theatre director and playwright and came to fiction writing through a second career in graphic design and illustration. Her first novel, Cuckoo, came out in 2011, followed by nine more internationally published novels. In 2012 she coined the phrase Domestic Noir to describe her own brand of psychological thriller. She also teaches creative writing for The National Centre for Writing, was Visiting Fellow on the Crime Writing MA at the University of East Anglia and Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Brighton.

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