The Nursery by Sue Watson #BookReview #BooksOnTour #TheNursery #PsychologicalThriller #PsychologicalSuspense #NetGalley @suewatsonwriter @Bookouture #onceuponatimebookreviews

Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing The Nursery by Sue Watson, published by Bookouture.


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, her heart pounds in her chest as she reads the last message received.

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.

”You tucked her in last night… Now she’s gone..”

Watson creates a dark and incredibly tense tale where you don’t really know who you can trust. I really liked the premise for this one and as I have come to expect from a book from Watson, she had me hooked right from the outset. The mother daughter relationship between Emily and Sofia is really put to the test, when events from the past threaten to break down what Sofia thought was an unbreakable bond.

The tone becomes increasingly sinister as the tale progresses and I could feel myself becoming even more anxious as to the bombshell that was to come. The characters are flawed, each with secrets to hide and the twists and turns make an impact and had me on the edge of my seat. Oh and that ending, talk about a jaw dropper!!!! Well played Ms Watson…very well played indeed!

Thank you to Sue Watson, Bookouture and Netgalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of The Nursery, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble and Bookbub 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 along the way for these bloggers thoughts about this book. My thanks to Bookouture for my spot on this books on tour and for the promotional materials.


Sue Watson was a journalist on national magazines and newspapers before becoming a TV producer with the BBC. 

Now a USA Today bestselling author, Sue 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.



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