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4.44  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  74 reviews
What if you found out that your family isn't yours at all? How far would you go to protect them? A gripping new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of The Girl Before. . . .

Pete Riley answers the door one morning and lets in a parent's worst nightmare. On his doorstep is Miles Lambert, a stranger who breaks the devastating news that Pete's son, Theo, isn't
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Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Expected publication: July 28th 2020 by Quercus
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Dita
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I never intended to read this entire book yesterday but once I started I could not walk away from it.

Imagine someone showing up on your doorstep one day and explaining that the child you and your wife had two years ago, the toddler you love and cherish, isn't your biological child...that a mistake had been made at the hospital during a chaotic and traumatic delivery.

Being a mother both biologically and through adoption, I found this book riveting, thoughtful, and terrifying. The questions
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can you imagine during your mid-day somebody knocking on your door and when you answer it, you see a man standing in front of you looks like older version of your son!

There are three options for you to express your feelings:

1) Slamming the door shut at the mans face and form a plan to kill your spouse for her infidelity (you may also hire a contract killer if you have great connections at the dark web. Dont you dare to ask me how I can know!)

2) Slamming the door shut at the mans face, moving
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Bridgett
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arc
Hello, friends! Meet my first 5-star stunner of 2020!

I've had a few 4.5 star reads which I've rounded up, but Playing Nice has become the understated hit of my reading season thus far.

I confess, after The Perfect Wife, a story of which I was NOT a fan, I honestly didn't have high hopes going in. However, since I really enjoyed The Girl Before, I was absolutely willing to give J.P. Delaney another shot.

I'm so glad I did!

This book is everything I never knew I wanted. Swapped baby stories are
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Jessica (BlogEared Books)
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to #netgalley and #randomhouse for the complimentary ARC for an unbiased review.

4 stars

This is the first book I've read by JP Delaney but will not be my last. What a roller coaster! Quick premise overview: 2 babies are switched in NICU (intensive care) and Peter and Maddie find out when their son is 2 years old. The biological parents of Theo- Miles and Lucy have Pete and Maddie's biological son who suffered from developmental delays.

Miles tells Peter and Maddie about the baby
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Bandit
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J.P.Delaney and I didnt always get along, in fact his first few books I found to be about as mediocre as popular thrillers get and then he went and wrote The Perfect Wife, which was freaking excellent, almost as if written by another person altogether. Which is to say, the second I found his latest on Netgalley, I made a request. Just had to find out for myself what he does next, if the quality holds up and so on. And Delaney managed to surprise me yet again by switching gears completely. Which ...more
Abi
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I couldn't put this down! From the first page I was immediately enthralled and needed to know what happened next! This was so fast paced and the situation was so unique. This is one of the most unique thrillers I've ever read!
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QUICK TAKE: I absolutely loved this twisted thriller about two couples who accidentally switched babies at birth. Super dark and captivating and hard not to put yourself in the characters' shoes as to what you would do in a similar situation. the ending is a little quiet, but overall I really enjoyed this one...probably my favorite of JP Delaney's.
Renee
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-netgalley
Confession time! I read 99% of my ARC/DRCs in order by publication date. All my March reviews are complete and April's will be done before April Fools' Day. So why only 99%? Because of books like Playing Nice by J. P. Delaney. I first discovered this author when I read and loved The Girl Before and my Kindle was burning up in my hand knowing that this July release was downloaded and not patiently waiting to be next. So I stayed up too late and read this as fast as I could absorb what was going ...more
Nan Williams
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
Whew! Not for the faint of heart! Not for the tenderhearted, either! This story about 2 infants switched at birth in the NICU hospital was very, very intense. Being a [tenderhearted] mother and grandmother, I put the book down several times just to breathe deeply and wonder if I could actually make it through the horrors these parents were enduring. And I guess, thats what denotes the writer as a really superb one when the reader so totally identifies with the characters, he/she is feeling ...more
Leanna Marie
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One mind-numbing day, one couple gets informed by another couple that their now two-year old boys were seemingly switched while in the NICU.. and here begins the story about psychopaths, psychological abuse, nature vs. nature, and murder. They are seemingly two very different couples, but when it comes to their children, they will show how similar they really can be..

Another brilliantly shaped novel by JP Delaney! A subtle, yet mind-blowing psychological thriller that keeps my 5 star ratings for
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Melissa In The City
This was one of those take your breath away, edge of your seat books that you wonder after if you even remembered to blink! NOTE: Don't blink! Theres a few OMG - WHAT THE WHAT moments and a twist you won't want to miss!
JP Delaney is awesome and Playing Nice is just what we need in 2020 for psychological thrillers.
All the twisted and mysterious stars for Playing Nice!
Thank you to the author, publisher and #Netgalley for my free ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Highly recommend!
Georgette
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense, mystery
Couldn't put it down! Much better than the last one by Delaney, which was really out there. This is a return to creepy, spooky form.
Nicole ☠ "psychological" thrill me❗
i Am so torn over this book! 80% of me loved this twisted and original psychological thriller while the other 20% unfortunately was yelling at the main character for being so unbelievably naive. And that ending...? I wanted more! Overall I found that once I was properly introduced to all the characters and was only a short ways in to the book, I had easily figured the big who dun it. Thank god for that final twist at the end which in my opinion was a game changer!!!! So back to the 80%- I did ...more
Michael David
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has sent my anxiety through the roof, and I still feel my heart beating more rapidly than normal at the dark, frustrating, and seemingly plausible tale author J.P. Delaney weaves.

Pete and Maddie are in a long term relationship and have a son they love, a two-year old named Theo. Imagine their surprise when one day theres a knock at the door from a man named Miles, as well as his lawyer, saying their child is actually his, and the child him and his wife have been raising for the past
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Donna Beiderman
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4.5
Playing Nice
J.P. Delaney
Publication date 7/28/20

This book is a parents worst nightmare!! Imagine a stranger knocking on your day with information that will change your life from this point on. Switched at birth - how could this happen in this day in age? The families decided to get to know one another, the original plan gets twisted and this thriller takes a crazy turn. You will question every character in this story. All the characters are complex and you will not be able to put this book
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Paula
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!! It is so good!! Read it but it is best not knowing anything about it! Definitely put it on your radar! This book is not coming out until July, but get on the list, because you do not want to miss it!!

J.P.Delaney has written several psychological thrillers. I have read all of them, and this one is the best! I was impressed with how the story progressed and the style of writing. I don't really want to give anything away, so really...just read it!!

Amber
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
JP Delaney does it again with a great read. This book kept me on the edge of my seat and kept me reading. JP Delaney knows how to write a good psychological thriller.
Karen
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
PLAYING NICE
BY J.P. DELANEY

This novel is another psychological thriller written by J. P. Delaney and the pace of this one kept me reading so I finished it in just two sittings. The reason I requested it was because I absolutely loved his first book called, "THE GIRL BEFORE," which was unforgettable while being very realistic. In this narrative he pulls at the heartstrings of the the reader by placing them in an impossible situation. He states in the novel that switched babies in a hospital is
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Stacey Camp
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**5 Stars**

I took a bit of a break from book reviewing due to some health issues and am slowly working my way back to reading and reviewing regularly. When I was approved for J.P. Delaney's Playing Nice , I was super excited to dive in and see what Delaney has cooked up for his readers. I have reviewed his last three books and loved them all.

Playing Nice is a bit of a departure from his last three books. I don't mean this in a negative way - it's just a different type of book that looks deeply
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Lisa's in the  Library
Yall. Hang on, Im gonna say that againbut louder..........YALL!! I just finished an ARC of J.P. DELANEYs PLAYING NICE!!!

I need...No, I demand that yall stop reading this review and take your happy little fingers over to the retail website of your choice and PRE-ORDER THIS BOOK!! Right now. It doesnt release until July, but thats irrelevant. Pre-order it now so you wont forget. Off you go. Meet me back here when you get done. Shoo!!

Are ya back? Has it been ordered? Okay, now you can continue
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Theresa
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Playing Nice by J.P. Delaney
5 Stars

This well written novel is a twisty thriller that you will speed through. It is about a couple who discovers that their toddler, brought home from the hospital 2 years prior, is not their biological child as they believed him to be...the result of two infants switched at birth!
There are many issues brought up in this book that I enjoyed like postpartum psychosis, parenting, law and order, psychopathy, domestic life, etc. I'm always amazed at the amount of
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Michelle
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pete and Maddie had a difficult birth. Their son, Theo, was born prematurely, and they didnt know if he would have any brain damaged later on in life. Lucky for them, he turned out fine. One unfortunate day, Miles and Lucy Lambert showed up at Petes house announcing that Theo was their son. The boys were switch at birth. The couples decided to keep Theo and David routine and home life as normal as possible. However, there was something weird going on with Miles. Hes not the happy-go-lucky, ...more
Kirsten Grier
**I received and ARC Kindle edition from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

Peter is a work at home dad who cares for his 2 yr old son Theo while his wife Maddie earns most of their money working away from home. When Peter's doorbell rings one morning he is horrified to discover that Theo may not be his after all. A man named Miles tells him that their sons were actually switched at some point during their NICU stay. As the two families try to come to terms with what
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Jayme Oldham
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Random House for the ARC of Playing Nice by J.P.Delaney. I have read and enjoyed all of his books and was excited to read his latest psychological thriller.

Pete Riley and his partner, Maddie, make a frightening discovery that their two year old son was switched at birth in the hospital NICU and that another couple has their biological son. When their son Theos biological parents, Miles and Lucy Lambert approach them with this knowledge, all four adults attempt
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Jen
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a wild ride! It was a quick and intense read. It centers on Pete and Maddie, who find out that their son, Theo, was actually switched at birth with the son of another couple, Miles and Lucy. Miles appears in their lives instantly and aggressively, insisting that they join up to sue the hospital, that Theo shares their nanny, and regularly buying Theo gifts and showing up uninvited. The extra attention by Miles, who seems nice in the beginning, begins to make Pete nervous, and the ...more
Jayme Oldham
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Random House for the ARC of Playing Nice by J.P.Delaney. I have read and enjoyed all of his books and was excited to read his latest psychological thriller.

Pete Riley and his partner, Maddie, make a frightening discovery that their two year old son was switched at birth in the hospital NICU and that another couple has their biological son. When their son Theos biological parents, Miles and Lucy Lambert approach them with this knowledge, all four adults attempt
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Sharon C
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I admit it. I love discovering a new novel by J. P. Delaney, who is one of my new favorite writers. Playing Nice is a study in psychological abuse. It begins when Pete Riley discovers a stranger named Miles Lambert at his front door. Miles promptly informs Pete that their baby boys, who were born very prematurely at a private hospital were switched at birth. The boys are now two, so Pete and his partner Maddie and Miles and his wife Lucy need to decide how to handle the situation. Everything ...more
Jen McCarthy
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley for an advanced copy of Playing Nice!

OH MY GOD! I hated this book so much, I loved it!!! Im sure you are asking yourself, what???? What does that even mean?? Well let me tell you... this book made me so angry at so many points that I was reading like a mad woman just to get past the HORRIBLE things that were happening, and hopefully get to the happy ending!! Pete and Maddie are happily minding their own business when Miles knocks on their door. Hes discovered that while in
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Diana
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pete Riley is a stay at home dad of a rambunctious little boy named Theo. One morning while dropping him off at nursery school he notices two men and a woman watching as he picks up his son at school. He at first believed they must be looking at homes in the area until a short time later, there is a knock on his door and its the man he saw. His name is Miles Lambert and he brings the unbelievable news that Theo is actually his son not Petes
While the two families meet and seem to have common
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Bekki
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one gets 5 HUGE stars and goes to my all time favorite shelf!!!! I couldn't put this one down!!!! Holy wow!
Pete Riley opens the door one morning and his world as he knows it is over! Miles Lambert, a total stranger who breaks the devastating news that Pete's two-year-old, Theo, isn't his biological child - he is Miles's, switched with the Lamberts' baby at birth by an understaffed hospital.
And let the roller coaster of emotions begin!! Peter and Maggie, his partner, decide to not swap the
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