Someone Else’s Baby #Review #psychologicalthriller with author @rubyspeechley @herabooks @BOTBSpublicity

Someone Else's Baby REVIEW by Sassy Brit


Someone Else’s Baby by Ruby Speechley

REVIEW: After Charlotte Morgan’s mother suffered through several years of miscarriages, and was unable to have more children, she decides that after having one child of her own she could make another childless couple very happy and be a surrogate mother for them. Malcolm and Brenda seem the perfect couple, but when the last payment bounces and the couple disappear with her two children she had for them, Charlotte starts to worry. Something doesn’t add up, and when they search the surrogate site and ask other surrogate mothers if they know Malcolm and Brenda, they are shocked at what they find out.
I do think the logline – ‘She gave her away her children. Now she wants them back’, kind of lead me to believe this would be about a surrogate mother creeping back into the house of her children’s new parents to steal/harass them. (Ruby, could that be your next book?) However, that said, I thoroughly enjoyed this different twist. If anyone else was expecting the same, then I’m happy to say that this felt more true to life than a new family being tormented and taken hostage by the biological mother of the children she wants back. That sounds more like stuff books are made from, (HAHA!) whereas this could easily happen and (okay, let’s get serious here) most likely, I’m sad to say, already has!
In this story, we see the less explored other side of surrogacy.
What if the people who are going to end up with your baby are not who they say they are?
Do you realise that when they pay you to take your baby away, the amount you receive might not be anything like the large amount the new ‘parents’ could get for selling your baby on again to someone else. Whoever that may be! Paedophiles? Child traffickers? Such a frightening thought! This book certainly makes you think about all the possible outcomes a transaction like this could offer, and not many of them good.
With this in mind, this story highlights the urgent need for UK surrogacy laws to be updated. Looking at it from this point of view, I can see how some kind-hearted surrogate mothers could be completely conned. It’s shocking.  I’d certainly recommend this as a book club choice, given the content matter is so controversial. 
An exciting, well-rounded debut read, which had me hooked from start to finish. I can’t wait to read more from this author!

From Amazon

Someone Else’s Baby by Ruby Speechley

She gave away her children. Now she wants them back.

Charlotte Morgan knows how it feels to desperately want a baby. As a child, seeing her mum devastated by losing her longed-for babies, Charlotte wished another woman could give her mother what she so craved.

Now Charlotte’s a mum herself, and knowing how much love her daughter, Alice, brings into her life, she vows to help others achieve their dreams of becoming a parent.

When she meets Malcolm and Brenda on a surrogacy website, it seems she’s found the perfect couple. In their late forties, they have wealth and an enviable life, but there’s one thing missing – a child of their own.

When Charlotte falls pregnant with twins, the pair are overjoyed. And while Charlotte’s heart breaks as she hands them over, her reward is knowing how much happiness the two tiny babies are going to bring into their life.

But are Malcolm and Brenda all they seem? As secrets become unravelled, Charlotte is forced to face that she has given her children to virtual strangers. And when Malcolm and Brenda disappear without a trace, Charlotte is plunged into a frantic search for the babies she carried – before it’s too late…

A gripping psychological thriller with a heart stopping ending – readers of The Wife Between Us, Rachel Abbott and C.L Taylor will not want to put this down…

Praise for Someone Else’s Baby:

Wow what a debut! This is a first class psychological thriller that will have you dropping everything… I was on the edge of my seat the whole time’ Once Upon A Book Blog

‘Once the action picks up, it doesn’t stop until the very end, and I was rapidly flipping the pages trying to find out what was going to happen next!’ (5 stars) (e) Book Nerd

This is a fast paced and tension packed psychological thriller…if you like a thriller with an emotion packed plot then you will love this’ The Bookwormery

Boy, it is one hell of a read. I absolutely loved it…I couldn’t put the book down…I would definitely recommend this book to other readers’ (5 stars) Ginger Book Geek

A story which hooked me from beginning to endI couldn’t remember ever being so excited by a book.’ (5 stars) Netgalley reviewer

It grips you from the very beginning and it’s so hard to put down…Please please read this debut novel, it’s amazing…fantastic and highly recommended’ (5 stars) Netgalley reviewer

Tense, heart stopping and completely gripping – Ruby Speechley is one to watch.’ Angela Clarke, author of On My Life

A thriller that will keep you guessing the entire time!… Ruby Speechley has a talent for writing and I cannot wait to read more!’ (5 stars) Netgalley reviewer

‘Ruby Speechley weaves a page-turning tale about a compelling subject. Be prepared to sit up into the night to finish it!’ Kate Hamer, author of The Girl in the Red Coat

‘What a fantastic debut thriller, loved every page, very well written and I couldn’t put it down.’ (5 stars) Netgalley reviewer

‘A gripping debut on a fascinating subject – compulsive, emotional and thought-provoking.’ Roz Watkins, author of Dead Man’s Daughter

‘The storyline is moving and compelling – it kept me turning the pages late into the night. A pacy yet emotional psychological thriller with an unexpected and deeply satisfying ending.’ Susan Elliot-Wright, author of The Flight of Cornelia Blackwood

I loved this enthralling psychological thriller…A great debut read and I look forward to reading more from this author.’ (5 stars) Netgalley reviewer

‘A suspenseful tale which kept me reading until the not-so-early morning hours…I devoured it in a single sitting’ Netgalley reviewer

Thanks to NetGalley and Hera Books for this opportunity to read the ARC of #SomeoneElsesBaby. This is my honest review. I loved this book!

Have you read this book? Does it sound like one you’d like to read?

About the Author:  

Ruby Speechley, graduated from Sheffield Hallam university in 2009, with an MA in Creative Writing. She is a Faber Academy alumna and prolific writer whose work has been longlisted for the Lucy Cavendish College Fiction prize, the Exeter Novel Prize, the Caledonian Novel Award, the Bath Novel Award and has won the Retreat West First Chapter Competition.
Ruby is a mum of three, lives in Bedfordshire and was born in Lisbon, Portugal at the time of the first earthquake there in 200 years! Her debut novel, Someone Else’s Baby is published by Hera Books on 25 July 2019.
Twitter: @rubyspeechley
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Author: Sassy Brit, Author Assistant

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1 thought on “Someone Else’s Baby #Review #psychologicalthriller with author @rubyspeechley @herabooks @BOTBSpublicity

  1. Carla – Canada – I am a retired teacher/librarian. I love to read, especially to my grandchildren. I read most genres, but lately have gravitated to cozy mysteries, romance (not erotic) and Christian Fiction. I do enjoy a good thriller every now and then, as well as some fantasy and the odd sci-fi. I have ventured into Blog tours, but I do not do well reading under pressure. I travel to Florida for 2 to 3 months in the winter (Canadian Snowbirder) but otherwise live in Windsor, Ontario Canada. Feel free to follow and comment on my blog. I try to respond to all comments.
    carhicks says:

    OMG, this sounds like a very scary, emotional story. Great review.

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