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  • Engrossing & Captivating!

    An engrossing and captivating read which started out light and got very dark very quickly! Scarlett is a new mum who, on the face of it, has it all; handsome husband, pretty baby, house in the Cheshire countryside, high-flying job in Manchester and - to top it all off - a successful blog. Life is golden until, that is, someone posts a video online from her past when Scarlett's life was a lot less than perfect. Everyone she interacts with has seen the shaming video except her mum friends. So who spilt the beans? I eased into this thinking it would be on the lighter side but, boy, was I wrong! We all have things from our past (don't we?) that isn't common fodder but Scarlett's is a whopper. It's very easy to put yourself in her place and empathise. This is a good read which flows easily throughout, displaying a surfeit of emotions from a well-drawn character. I liked that the chapters were headed with who was currently narrating - that makes reading a lot less of a guessing game! With a cracking twist at the very end, The Baby Group is an enjoyable and unpredictable read and Caroline Corcoran is definitely an author I would read again. Recommended, and well worth 4*.

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  • Chilling & Gripping

    The Baby Group is an excellent domestic thriller by new-to-me author, Caroline Corcoran. In this novel, Scarlett lives with husband Ed in a small town in Cheshire, England. The thirty-five-year-old wife and mother has an outwardly perfect lifestyle and is ready to return to work after maternity leave, following the birth of little Poppy. Over the last twelve months, her circle of friends has changed and she now sees more of her antenatal class pals, Cora, Emma and Asha. When someone sends a shocking video of her to everyone she knows, the only people who claim not to have seen it are these three friends. Now Scarlett must work out how well she knows the people in her life, especially her friends. Full of undercurrents, this was a cleverly plotted page-turner by Caroline Corcoran and I found myself playing mind games with the main character on many occasions. The narrative was from the perspectives of Scarlett and an unknown individual, which helped to maintain the high levels of ambiguity and intrigue. The author painted a tremendously good picture of all of the characters and I enjoyed her descriptive writing style. Often tense and atmospheric, I was taken through a gamut of emotions including vexation, shock and disgust and there were some great twists added, too. Distrust, family dynamics, anxiety, the power of the internet, and suspicion all had a place in this fabulous and compulsive thriller. Deeply layered and strongly character-driven, this masterful tale provided many misdirection moments along the way and I was taken by surprise by the most satisfying ending. The epilogue capitalised on this ending, with some details revealed that I definitely didn’t expect. The Baby Group is one not to be missed. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Avon Books UK via NetGalley at my request, and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

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