You'd always recognise your own child. Wouldn't you?
Deborah O'Connor read English at Newnham College, Cambridge before going on to become a television producer. Having worked on everything from The Big Breakfast to Big Brother she produced the BAFTA award-winning poetry documentary Off By Heart and is currently the head of factual development at TV production company, CPL. Born and bred in the North-East of England, she now lives in East London with her husband and three-year-old daughter.
It's gripping, it's disturbing and it's a page-turner * Goodreads Reviewer * If there is a Plot Twist Award, it belongs to My Husband's Son. I never saw it coming, and I had to reread the ending three times to make sure I had not gone crazy. If you are looking for a fast-paced story with a gob-smacking twist, look no further, get this book * Chocolatenwaffles' Blog * A stunning and unexpected ending will have you thinking about this book for a long time * Goodreads reviewer * This was a really unique missing child story and I was engrossed from beginning to end. I was surprised at how quickly I read this book. I was determined to figure out who did what and why but had no luck in figuring it out and was surprised at what really happened (...)this was a really well written debut novel. A gripping and well-paced psychological thriller. And I was really shocked at the ending. Wow...what an epilogue (...)I really did enjoy this novel and I look forward to more from Deborah O'Connor * Goodreads reviewer * When the truth, and its aftermath are revealed, readers will be left gasping. I admit, I had to go back and reread one section, because I couldn't quite believe it. This was an ending I never saw coming! * For the Love of Books * OMG.....That final twist is jaw dropping (...) I would put this one in my top ten reads of the year.I will be very interested to see what Deborah O`Connor comes up with for her second book because the twist in this one is going to be very hard to beat * Goodreads reviewer * Unique and gripping debut psychological thriller! * Goodreads reviewer * A gripping page turner -- Tracy Fenton * TBC (The Book Club) * This is one of the best debut books I have ever read * Amazon.co.uk * It was impossible to put down and I would definitely be interested in reading more by Deborah O'Connor * Goodreads reviewer * This is another blooming cracking Debut book with, what I have to say is my top ending so far this year (out of 152 books). Brilliant. Never saw that coming and very brave * Amazon.co.uk * My Husband's Son is a compelling debut from Deborah O'Connor. It is a twisted, almost voyeuristic suspense novel that will really keep you guessing until the end (...) it is the first book of many, I am sure, in a very successful writing career for Deborah O'Connor * Swirl and Thread * A fabulous read * Postcard Reviews * My Husband's Son by Deborah O'Connor is the best novel I have read this year. In fact it was so good I literally could not put it down, and finished it in one sitting. Everything about it is worthy. From the narrative written in first person, the plot and the ending * Goodreads reviewer * Wow! I really enjoyed My Husband's Son by Deborah O'Connor. This was one rollercoaster ride of a book! A true delight of a psychological thriller! (...) it is an amazing book! Way to go Deborah O'Connor for lingering in my head long after the story ended! * Low and Proud Book Junkie * The characters in this book are complicated and flawed, and so very human * A Bookaholic Swede * Absorbing, moving and with a stunning twist in its tail, this is a story that will leave your heart broken, your nails bitten and your brain whirring... -- Pam Norfolk * Lancashire Evening Post * The smartly layered twists in this psychological thriller will keep you gripped * The Sunday Mirror * This is an interesting debut thriller (...) The skill of the book is enabling the reader to identify with the emotions the characters are feeling even if, fortunately, you have never had to experience a similar situation yourself * All Things Bookie * The characters are determined, relentless, consumed and damaged. The plot is dark, captivating, and full of multiple twists that took me on an emotional roller-coaster ride, through moral and ethical dilemmas, until an extremely unusual end that I just didn't see coming. It is a slow burning story with an insidious undercurrent, that got under my skin and stayed there. The book is well paced with many secret side plots that kept me thinking and guessing but, to me, the best thing about it was the moral dilemmas that it threw up and which I am still thinking about a few days after I have finished it * Breakaway Reviewers * If you love a thriller with an excellent twist, this is definitely the one for you * Hello Magazine * I really did enjoy this and I'm really glad I picked it up (...) I found this to be so gripping that I finished it in two days - I just couldn't put it down -- Rosy Ferry (YouTuber) * Sparkles Books * This is a well-written suspenseful debut that will take readers by surprise, not least in its ending * The Sun * The ending... it's suitably tantalising, twisty and ambiguous enough to make a shudder run down my spine! (...) This is an extremely competent and convoluted psychological chiller to satisfy even the most warped mind * BeadyJans Books * This first novel is an accomplished piece of work (...) This good novel follows the contemporary fashion for 'human story' thrillers, in which ordinary people are confronted with unusual and testing circumstances. This one takes its readers on an interesting journey -- Philip Womack * Literary Review * The last third of the novel moves faster, reveals the broad answers, and the conclusion is interesting, yielding food for thought * Michelle Shine * Books with Allie - 'The secrets in this book makes it a very interesting reading (...) The ending shocked me (...) and the plot was great. The author did a great job and keeps the reader really engaged (...) the characters were also great. The best part for me was the relation between the characters (...) if you are a fan of thrillers I'd definitely recommend picking this one up (...) it is also very well written and kept me engaged the whole time -- Alice Morgan * Books with Allie * 'Deborah's debut novel is gritty, seedy and the ending totally shocked me. It got right under my skin and I couldn't shake off the feelings it evoked in me for days. A fantastic debut novel, I can't wait to read more by Deborah in the future.' * Bloomin Brilliant Books * 'O'Connor will make you question your own prejudices, and it's in the moral complexities that My Husband's Son really comes alive. No matter what you feel about the main characters, this is a book you'll want to see through to the end.' * Crime Review * A good thriller, eerie and full of suspense (...) I love it when a character can evoke such a strong response in a reader * The Quiet Knitter *