The Other Son by J.M. Hewitt #BookReview #TheOtherSon #PsychologicalThriller #NetGalley @jmhewitt @canelo_co #onceuponatimebookreviews

Today I am reviewing on its publication day The Other Son by J.M. Hewitt, published by Canelo.


She saved her son once. Would she do the same again?

Sara and her family needed a fresh start after a tragedy that ruined many lives. They have found peace since arriving at their new home in the Kielder Forest National Park twelve months ago. That is, unless you count the dark cloud that has settled over them, and the crippling tension behind closed doors. Sara tries to pretend everything is normal, but in reality she is haunted by a devastating truth about one of her children.

Travis has a reputation as a counsellor skilled at helping troubled teens. He has been watching Sara. He sees her fragility, and believes that he can fix her and her eldest son. Like his mother, Scott barely speaks, and has a look in his eye that hints at unimaginable trauma. If Travis could only get close to Sara she would see that he can protect her, and put an end to their suffering.

Yet below the surface, Sara is anything but weak. No matter what, she won’t give up on her child. And when she is cornered, she will go to extreme lengths to protect her most precious boy.

A compulsive tale of family secrets with twists you won’t see coming. Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, Shalini Boland and K.L. Slater.

“A good mother will do anything for her child…maybe even kill for him…”

A gripping and emotional read, The Other Son really got under my skin. Told over past and present timelines set a year apart, It is a suspenseful tale that takes you into a world of grief, guilt and fear.

A page turner that does move on the slightly slower side to begin with, does ramp up making for a more thrilling second act with an outcome that I least expected! I also need to mention that the past deals with a school shooting that may be a trigger for some readers.

I had mix feelings about our lead protagonist Sara, but as the story progresses it makes sense as to why she acts the way she does, but in saying that, I was not without empathy for her. My heart broke for Scott and I just wanted to reach into my Kindle to give him a hug.

The Other Son is a well written, compelling and twisty read which I recommend and I look forward to reading what Hewitt gives us next.

Thank you to J.M. Hewitt, Canelo and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Other Son, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.


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J.M. Hewitt is the author of five crime fiction novels. Her work has also been published in three short story anthologies.

Her books usually incorporate twentieth and twenty-first century events and far-flung locations, and her novels explore the darker side of human behaviour.

In contrast to the sometimes dark content of her books, she lives a very nice life in a seaside town in Suffolk with her dog, Marley.



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