The Nursery by Sue Watson – review.


Then: Morning light shines into the nursery, casting shadows across the pale pink walls and wooden cot in the middle of the room. She opens the door expecting to hear the soft coo of her daughter Sofia stretching herself awake. But the room is silent. The cot is empty. Her little girl has vanished…

Now: Twelve years have passed, but Emily will never forget the night her life changed forever and she’s happy to have her daughter back beside her. A teenager now, Sofia, who was once a star student, is getting into trouble at school and she’s started asking questions about when she was a baby, but Emily can’t tell her what really happened the night she went missing. Nobody would understand why Emily did what she did, and if anyone ever found out, she could lose her daughter forever.

But when Emily catches Sofia messaging a stranger online, and as she reads the last message received, her heart pounds in her chest.

Your mother isn’t who you think she is.

Days later, Emily returns home to find the house silent. She checks every room but Sofia has vanished, again. She shudders as she remembers that night in the nursery. Has her past finally caught up with her? And is she already too late to save her precious daughter?

A completely gripping, utterly twisted thriller that will leave your jaw on the floor. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, The Wife Between Us and The Woman in the Window.

About the author

Sue Watson was a TV Producer at the BBC until she wrote her first book and was hooked.

Now a USA Today bestselling author, Sue has sold over a million books and explores the darker side of life, writing psychological thrillers with big twists. Originally from Manchester, she now lives with her family in leafy Worcestershire where much of her day is spent writing – and procrastinating. Her hobby is eating cake while watching diet and exercise programmes from the sofa, a skill she’s perfected after many years of practice.

For more info visit Sue’s website;

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Follow Sue on Twitter @suewatsonwriter

My thoughts

‘The Nursery’ had me gripped from the first page. In fact, I couldn’t put the book down, that’s how addictive it was. The opening was an absolute chiller and this page-turner had me fully absorbed for hours. I’m still shocked at all the twisty revelations. Wowee!

I loved the ups and downs that occurred between Emily and her teenage daughter, Sophia. I felt the love and the tension. The fragility of the teenager/parent relationship was portrayed in a totally real way and I felt every one of Emily’s worries.

As for the location, I adored the seaside town. The atmospheric wintery descriptions set the tone perfectly. Then the stalkery occurrences gave me goosebumps. There were some really creepy and unforgettable moments.

Emily’s friend, Nancy, was a brilliant character and I enjoyed the drama she brought to the table. I had a million theories as to what was going on but nothing added up, until the fabulous denouement. Everything came together beautifully and shockingly. Again, all I can say again is wow as I don’t want to spoil a single thing.

Psych thriller fans, do not miss this book. Grab it, devour it and be chilled by it!

Thanks for reading!

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Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestselling DI Gina Harte crime series.


About Carla

Welcome to my blog! I’m the author of the DI Gina Harte Series, first book is called The Next Girl. I love and live for writing and reading (and sketching - haha). My other passion is filmmaking. My feature film 'Penny for the Guy' is a work in progress. If you enjoy a bit of horror, look out for it in the future. I'm on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Feel free to join me on other platforms. I blog about many random things but books, travel and art are my favourites.
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