ARC AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: Not My Boy by Kelly Simmons

Publication Date: January 5, 2021
Format: Audio
Genre:  Domestic Thriller
Narrator: Morgan Hallet, Suzanne Toren

Publisher: Recorded Books
8 hours 43 min
Buy: Kindle | Audio


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.


I received this book through netgalley and the publisher, Recorded Books in exchange for an honest review.  

Hannah moves into next door to her sister and within weeks a young girl is missing and then found dead.  With Hannah's son and her sisters husband as suspects each sister struggles with what to do.  Hannah is determined to protect her son.  An awkward boy who relates better to animals than people. They left their last neighborhood when he started being bullied for killing animals, even though that was never proven.  Trying to make a fresh start this new mystery is scaring Hannah and she isn't sure where to turn.  

Small communities have a way of knowing everyone else business and are quick to turn on you in the blink of an eye.  Especially when the community has wealth, and the new community Hannah moves into has wealth.  I found this story interesting and realistic.  How Hannah and her sister are so freaked out they start going at each other instead of looking at the bigger picture until their mother steps in.  This is a family drama as much as a mystery.  With the mother not knowing where she fits, struggling to find a way to connect with her grandchildren. 

I didn't realize it when I requested this book but it is set in the area in which I live.  So hearing about certain places or city names brought a jolt of recognition and I was able to understand some of the cliquish ways of the neighborhood. The narration was excellent, I could feel Hannah's desperation and her mothers need to be helpful but also feeling that just her age made her invisible.  I really enjoyed this and was glad that it was wrapped up at the end.  

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