Apple Of My Eye by Claire Allan

Genre: Psychological Thriller
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 5/5

About The Book

Just how far is a mother willing to go?
When a mysterious note arrives for six months pregnant Dr Eliana Hughes, she begins to doubt every aspect of her life – from her mixed feelings about motherhood to her marriage to Martin, who has become distant in recent months.
As the person behind the note escalates their campaign to out Eli’s husband as a cheat, she finds herself unable to trust even her own instincts, and as pressure builds, she makes a mistake that jeopardises her entire future.
Elsewhere, someone is watching. Someone who desperately wants a baby to call their own and will go to any lengths to become a mother – and stay a mother.

My Thoughts

This book will be published within a month, so you should make a pre-order or mark your calendar for the 24th of January to run to the bookshop, this is not only a very good book; twisted, chilling and dark; but it talks about tabu themes that are never mentioned in the books. I highly recommend you to read Apple Of My Eye, you’ll be delighted.
First of all the story is told between two characters, Eli and Louise, one is heavily pregnant and the other has lost her child during the pregnancy. Their lives will be linked in a dangerous way making this story nail bitting, but their stories are real and touching, making the reader to want to hug both characters and tell them everything will be fine.
Eli is not having a good pregnancy, she is having Hyperemesis Gravidarum, a prolonged and severe nausea and vomiting that keeps her on the edge all times, so when she starts receiving some anonymous letters regarding her marriage, she can only think the worse. I really liked Eli and all her story, she doesn’t feel happy to be pregnant, her illness makes her sad and without energy to do anything and her husband is always working, so you can totally emphatize with her when she decides to take a few days off and stay with her mother. Eli is a strong woman, she doesn’t know yet how to love her daughter, but she knows she has to fight for her and discover who wants to harm her.
It was refreshing to read about a character that didn’t have a happy pregnancy and was scared of how she was feeling about her unborn child. I could totally understand her, it has to be difficult to be happy and open minded while being ill all time, you have to admit it.
Louise is not a likeable character, but reading her story makes it easy for the reader to understand her thoughts. It would not been easy having an abortion after another, and the last one on the 33th week making her loose all the hopes forever to have the opportunity to try it again. Of course she needs a lot of help, but it seem that no one near her can understand her pain and loneliness, stillborn is still a tabu on our society. I think hospitals and midwifes try really hard to help all mothers and their own problems, but if the people around them don’t try to understand them and help them, it would be helpless.
While we read both stories we get hooked on the story, making the reader eager to know who is really behind all this hunting plot and hope there will be a happy ending!
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About The Author

Claire Allan is an Irish author who has previously written women’s fiction. Apple of My Eye is her second psychological thriller following 2018’s Her Name Was Rose.