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Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing on its publication day The Adoption by Jenna Kernan, published by Bookouture.


Dani and her husband Tate’s life together is almost perfect. But Dani is haunted by guilt for causing a terrible car accident that left her unable to have children. She can’t remember why she was driving so fast that day or where she was going. Her therapist says she should try to move on.

So when their application to adopt is accepted, Dani sobs with joy. As perfect little Willow nestles in her arms, Dani looks at Tate’s loving smile and knows he will always provide for his family, no matter what.

When Dani sees a woman staring as she pushes Willow’s stroller around the safe, gated Florida community where they live, she tells herself it’s simply an admiring passer-by. After all, Dani herself used to watch the local moms and wish she was in their shoes.

But when Dani wakes in the night to find Willow’s crib empty, their perfect life becomes a nightmare.

In her frantic distress for her daughter, Dani’s memories of the accident flash through her mind. And with a jolt she realises: everyone around her has been lying about that day.

Will Dani find out the truth before it’s too late for her baby girl?

Or will facing her own dark secrets tear them all apart?

A totally addictive and heart-stopping read with a truly mind-blowing twist. Fans of The Woman in the WindowGone Girl and The Wife Between Us won’t be able to put down this incredible thriller from bestselling author Jenna Kernan.

Your little girl is all yours… isn’t she?

A roller coaster of emotions where tissues are a must, The Adoption is a heart wrenching read that will get under your skin and will have you still thinking about long after finishing it.

Full off secrets, lies and betrayal, what starts as a slow burn, does ramp up making for a thrilling second half where I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to see how it was all going to unfold. All I can say is WOW!!

The characters have been created well and I found Dani’s plight heartbreaking and her condition of facial blindness caused by the car accident to be really fascinating. This is something that I wasn’t very familiar with so for me, this was enlightening and gave a unique touch to the story.

Kernan has delivered a well plotted, written and executed story with believable characters that had me hooked from start to finish. The struggle of Dani being unable to have children of her own is a trigger warning that may affect some readers and whilst it is portrayed realistically, it is done so respectively.

All round I really enjoyed this story and I look forward to reading what Kernan will have in store for us readers next.

Thank you to Jenna Kernan, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of The Adoption, 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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Follow the tour for these blogger’s thoughts on The Adoption. My thanks to Bookouture for my spot on this tour and for the promotional materials.


Bestselling author Jenna Kernan writes gripping domestic thrillers.

Her 2021 release, A Killer’s Daughter, won the bronze medal from the Florida Book Awards in the popular fiction category and her next release, The Adoption, arrives in May 2022

This features a couple whose adoption goes from blissful to terrifying when a dark secret and menacing stranger threaten the baby.




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