The blog tour for Zosia Wand’s new book, The Accusation, has begun and today is my day. I hope you enjoy my review, and be sure to check out the other stops on the tour (details can be found at the bottom of this post).
Eve and her husband, Neil, are in the final stages of adopting four-year-old Milly. They only have a few more hurdles to jump before they can officially call her their daughter. Everything seems to be going smoothly, until Eve’s mother, Joan, shows up. Joan has never liked her son-in-law, and never liked sharing her daughter. Can she be happy for Eve, finally starting her own family, or will she want to keep her all to herself?
I really enjoyed Zosia Wand’s Trust Me, so I was excited to hear she had a new book coming out. To begin with, I was actually a little surprised and miffed at some of the similarities between the two books. The lead characters have the same jobs and similar interests, and I thought this was a bit lazy. It wasn’t until later in the book that I realised that Lizzie from Trust Me is actually a character in this book and they live in the same town. This was so clever – like an Easter egg in a video game – and I loved the cross-over!
I instantly had to take back all my negative thoughts in appreciation for the genius of this.
Zosia’s writing is magnificent, and I was fully drawn in. I couldn’t put it down. The story is entirely engaging and (mostly) believable.
The one and only flaw was that Eve’s mother is just awful. We’re supposed to empathise with the character, that Joan is clearly not a great person, but she’s Eve’s mother and she loves her and wants her in her life. Perfectly realistic and understandable. However, Joan is just terrible the entire way through the book. She has no redeeming qualities at all. If my mum was like this, I wouldn’t stand for it at all, regardless of being my parent and wanting that connection. (As it is, my mother is an absolute delight). It just made it really difficult to see why she puts up with her and allows her to become a danger to her family, especially during such an important time in their lives.
Despite any flaws, The Accusation is an interesting, exciting and thoroughly engaging story. I loved it.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Thank you for stopping by! Here’s the poster for the rest of the tour: