The Accusation by Zosia Wand
Published: 1st June 2018
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Available on Kindle
Who would you choose if you had to - your daughter or your husband?
Eve lives in the beautiful Cumbrian town of Tarnside with her husband Neil. After years of trying, and failing, to become parents, they are in the final stages of adopting four-year-old Milly. Though she already feels like their daughter, they just have to get through the 'settling in' period: three months of living as a family before they can make it official.
But then Eve's mother, Joan, comes to stay. Joan has never liked her son-in-law. He isn't right for Eve; too controlling, too opinionated. She knows Eve has always wanted a family, but is Neil the best man to build one with?
Then Joan uncovers something that could smash Eve's family to pieces...
Before I read The Accusation Zosia Wand was an unknown author to me, but now she’s on my radar for writing psychological thrillers which are compelling and sensitive, I had the book devoured in just a couple of hours as it’s so gripping.
Eve and her husband Neil are in the final stages of adopting Milly a four-year-old whose had a very traumatic start in life. Everything’s going well until Eve decides to share their happy news with her mother, a mother they moved away from because she hates Neil a mother she’s had no contact with for two years, a mother who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. The fallout from sending one photo is catastrophic and before long Eve’s left questioning everything she ever knew about her mother and about Neil.
This was a fantastic novel which explores love and control in relationships. Eve believes her mother truly loves her and would do anything for her, but it slowly starts to dawn on her that her mothers form of love is always based on control. What starts out as a gentle story about adoption soon turns into a book filled with malice and deception as Eve is pushed to her limits. But who does she trust most her mother or her husband? The two people who are meant to love her unconditionally and one of them is lying.
Joan is a despicable character who will stop at nothing to get what she wants, even if it means ruining her daughter’s happiness. Although she’s her horrific person and does some truly questionable things I still found her the most interesting character in this book. I liked Eve and Neil but felt they were both a little lacking in gumption. Why Eve couldn’t see what her mother was up to was beyond me and I want Neil to have more balls and take control of the situation and throw her out.
The Accusation is a fantastic read which has explored relationships and how they are viewed by different people, especially the dynamic of a mother’s love, it’s a book about adoption and how one small things can have a massive impact on the whole process, it’s a book about domestic abuse and how not all abuse is physical, mental torment can be just as damaging to a person. This is a book I can highly recommend to anyone who is a fan of psychological thrillers and it’s a book which has made me excited for what Zosia Wand will use her fantastic writing skills on next.
About the Author
Zosia Wand is an author and playwright. She was born in London and lives in Cumbria with her family. She is passionate about good coffee, cake and her adopted landscape on the edge of the Lake District. Her first novel, Trust Me, was published by Head of Zeus in 2017.
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