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Publisher's Summary

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 best-selling author of The Girl Before....

"[JP] Delaney takes domestic suspense beyond its comfort zone.” (Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review)

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 actually his son - he is the Lamberts', switched at birth by an understaffed hospital while their real son was sent home with Miles and his wife, Lucy. For Pete, his partner Maddie, and the little boy they've been raising for the past two years, life will never be the same again.

The two families, reeling from the shock, take comfort in shared good intentions, eagerly entwining their very different lives in the hope of becoming one unconventional modern family. But a plan to sue the hospital triggers an official investigation that unearths some disturbing questions about the night their children were switched. How much can they trust the other parents - or even each other? What secrets are hidden behind the Lamberts' glossy front door? Stretched to the breaking point, Pete and Maddie discover they will each stop at nothing to keep their family safe.

They are done playing nice.

©2020 JP Delaney (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"When it comes to ordinary families faced with terrifying dilemmas, there is no one better than JP Delaney. He is King of Thrillers, and Playing Nice is his best book yet. His chilling, compelling and oh-so-real books force us to confront our darkest fears - and question how far we would go to protect those we love.... Brilliant." (Fiona Cummins, author of Rattle)

"A nightmarish scenario drives this gripping psychological thriller...Genuinely surprising twists reveal just how far a parent will go for the sake of a child. This is domestic suspense at its most unsettling.” (Publishers Weekly)

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A real page turner!

This ranks among the very best psychological thrillers in my expanding audible library. I stayed up well past midnight listening-- I just couldn't imagine going to sleep before finding out how things ended. Fast-paced, engaging and suspenseful, this one's a winner!

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The Best!!

This book was amazing! I have been listening to at least one book a week over the past year and this story is by far the best book I have listened to. The story immediately pulled me in and I found myself listening whenever I could get a chance. It is full of twists and turns and kept me enthralled until the very last chapter.

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Another Great Book By JP Delaney!

NO SPOILERS!! I tore through JP Delaney's newest psychological thriller and I'm left wanting more. It was so good. I have listened to their entire book collection and I've never been disappointed. In a sea of mediocre authors JP's work always stands consistently excellent, engrossing and unique. Playing Nice has plenty of thrills and mystery.

I recommend this to anyone that enjoys domestic thrillers.

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Absurd beyond words

I love a book with twists and turns. I have no problem with implausible plots- separated at birth story? Great! Sign me up. However, this book is a hundred torturous chapters of idiocy. I can't say much without giving away the plot, but with the primary focus of the book being on toddlers, you would expect the author to have some grip on how toddlers function, and drawing coherent pictures of people and castles, and telling detailed stories (when their speech is allegedly delayed), and being sent through the grocery store aisles alone to pick fruit is nowhere on the list. Other absurdities? A murder has no witnesses, so detectives promptly close the case; a person puts one child at profound risk to save another, and the victim child's mother basically says "no sweat;" a man puts his finger IN SOMEONE'S ASS IN A COURTROOM and no one says a peep; a child is stolen in broad daylight, with witnesses everywhere and no one calls the cops. It goes on and on. Are these good reviews written by monkeys? If Theo was my kid, I'd want to swap too, but still, this book, in the words of Jean Ralphio, was The WORRRST!

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Premise is too implausible

A stranger knocks on your door, says your kid is his and you...don’t call the cops and a lawyer and immediately get a restraining order? I can’t suspend disbelief to this level.

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Amazing... one of my favorite top five books ever

This book is so amazing... the characters are living breathing .... the story is .... WHAT!!!!!!!........ Narrators so Great !!! I want a thousand more books this fabulous !!!

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I cannot believe how good this book is!!!

Stop reading reviews and start this book NOW!!! You will NOT regret it! I’d give it 10 stars!

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Suspenseful and intense but worth it

Very well written great narration. Surprising I’m so many ways. Very in depth understanding of human beings

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WRONG TITLE

This book should be renamed "The 2 stupidest people in the World!" How could it have made it past editors or even friends of the author without someone pointing out that NO ONE would react this way to this situation. No One! It is preposterous.

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Don't bother

Book had an interesting storyline but the ending was terrible. It was too unrealistic too. Skip

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