Not My Boy by Kelly Simmons
publication: January 5th 2021 by Sourcebooks Landmark
Who will you cross to protect your own?
When Hannah packs up her past and moves to the cottage next-door to her sister, she hopes the luxe neighborhood and close family ties will be the perfect escape for her son and the shadows that trail them. But when a young girl goes missing days after they unload their final boxes and her son is quickly thrown under suspicion, Hannah must do whatever it takes to protect her child.
Even if that means pointing the blame her sister's way instead.
With investigators swarming and neighborhood scrutiny closing in, the divide between two sisters grows. As one fiercely defends her husband, the other shields her boy from the crime, keeping quiet the secrets that might unravel it all.
And all the while, one young girl has vanished, and someone is to blame.
Not My Boy is a book of family dynamics, trust, and secrets. I could not stop reading, turning pages, and needing to know what would happen next. The characters had depth with their secrets, with their love of each other, and with the knowledge that someone killed a little girl in their neighborhood that they had to keep each other safe. The story was not simple, there were many twists and turns.
Hannah is a single mother raising her son. The son was bullied at his school, so the mother moves next door to her sister to be near family, specifically her niece that has a special bond with her son. I felt that Hannah was a protective mom when it was convenient for her. With the murder of a young girl in the neighborhood, I did not understand why she would leave him home, trusting him to stay in the house and out of trouble. Other times, she hovered around him keeping him close to her.
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