No Child of Mine - Nichelle Giraldes
A light and slightly creepy read for this Halloween season
No Child of Mine by Nichelle Giraldes is a dark story about a couple who suddenly discover they're expecting a child after buying an old and creepy house. The plot is structured on multiple points of view from characters in two different time periods.
Readers might find the main character, Essie, a bit hard to like. She's erratic at times and it's hard to understand what she really feels like. Her life is turned upside down when she finds out she's pregnant, but her thoughts and actions are tiring.
The second story interwoven with the first one is highly enjoyable, and the characters are well-defined and with the perfect backdrop for an atmospheric read. Unfortunately, they don't seem to get as much page space. Some readers may find themselves eagerly turning pages to delve deeper into the historical storyline.
For a while, the two perspectives don't seem connected at all, and they start making sense later in the book, however, they provide an excellent commentary on the role of women in both past and present times.
The audiobook version is excellently narrated, and it might be a better choice for those who prefer an extra dose of creepiness.
Overall, this book is recommended for those who prefer a light read that is not too scary, and who are looking for something with a touch of healthy feminism.
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (September 12, 2023)
Paperback: 336 pages
Review copy provided by Dreamscape Media @ NetGalley