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Monday, April 25, 2022

Not Your Child by Lis Angus (VBT: Book Review / Contest Giveaway)

In association with Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book tour event for Not Your Child by author Lis Angus!

Book Review

Not Your Child by Lis Angus
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: April 18, 2022
Format: Paperback - 322 pages
               Kindle - 2065 KB / 286 pages
               Nook - 600 KB
ISBN: 978-1509241187
BNID: 2940160797465
Genre: Suspense / Thriller

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.

Book Description:

When Ottawa psychologist and single mother Susan Koss discovers that a strange man has been following her twelve-year-old daughter Maddy, she fears he’s a predator. But it’s worse than that. The man, Daniel Kazan, believes Maddy is his granddaughter, abducted as a baby, and he’s obsessed with getting her back.

Susan insists on a DNA test to disprove Daniel’s claim, but the result is one she can’t understand or explain: it says she’s not Maddy’s mother.

Then Maddy vanishes. Susan’s convinced Daniel has taken her, but he has an alibi, and two searches of his house turn up nothing. The hunt is on—police are on full mobilization, and Susan fears the worst.

Book Excerpt:

As I was putting on my coat, the doorbell rang. I looked out the window.

What the hell?

Daniel Kazan stood on my doorstep.

I went cold. How dare he? I flung open the door. “What are you doing here?” I exploded.

Confronting him, I saw that he was a few inches taller than me, and exuded a tense energy that raised my hackles. He raised his hands, palms out, a placating expression on his face. As if he were trying to calm me down or reassure me.

“I just want to talk to Hannah. I came early to catch her, before she leaves for school.”

I squared my shoulders. “Get out of here! You've been told to stay away from us!”

His face was in shadow. “I think it’s fair to want to see Hannah. I’ve waited a long time.”

The guy is nuts. “She’s not Hannah—she’s my daughter. Maddy.”

“You’re keeping her from me.” He was leaning toward me, and I had to keep from falling back. I couldn’t let myself seem weak. If he thought he’d intimidated me, what would be his next move?

My heart pounded. My hands were curled tight, my nails biting into my palms. “Damn right I’m keeping her from you. Now get off my porch before I call the police!”

What if he wouldn’t leave? I should call for help—but my phone was inside, and I didn’t want to leave him on the porch unattended.


Excerpt from Not Your Child by Lis Angus. Copyright 2022 by Lis Angus. Reproduced with permission from Lis Angus. All rights reserved.

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My Book Review:

In Not Your Child, author Lis Angus weaves a riveting suspense thriller that easily draws the reader in following single mother Susan Koss as she deals with a mother's worst fear: a man claiming that her twelve year old daughter Maddy is his long-lost granddaughter, and her determination to prove him wrong. 

Set in Ottowa, Canada, and told in alternating first person narrative by Susan and the third person narratives by Maddy and Daniel Kazan, the reader follows this harrowing tale as Susan is determined to prove that she is Maddy's mother, while Maddy deals with the confusion that surrounds Daniel's claim that she is his long-lost grandaughter.

This captivating tale is rich in detail and vivid descriptions, has intriguing and suspenseful twists and turns, that will have the reader experiencing the full gamut of emotions, with no other option than to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next.

As a diehard fan of suspense thrillers, I must admit that this story exceeded my expectations. The dark intensity of the storyline and the complexity of Susan, Maddy and Daniel's story kept me thoroughly riveted, engrossed, and guessing as the pieces to the puzzle come together.

With a complex and realistic cast of characters, the author does a phenomenal job of delving into the tangled web of Susan's undying mother's love and Daniel's obsessive quest to find the grandaughter he lost eleven years ago. The author transports the reader into this fast-paced white-knuckle storyline with her creative interweaving of a psychological cat-n-mouse game between the characters that leaves the reader's heart palpitating until the surprise ending leaves them emotionally spent. It just doesn't get any better than this!

Not Your Child is one heck of an adrenaline rush that is a must-read for the true diehard suspense thriller junkie!


About The Author

Lis Angus is a Canadian suspense writer. Early in her career, she worked with children and families in crisis; later she worked as a policy advisor, business writer and editor while raising two daughters. She now lives south of Ottawa with her husband.

Contest Giveaway

This is a giveaway hosted by Partners in Crime Tours for Lis Angus. See the widget for entry terms and conditions. Void where prohibited.


Virtual Book Tour Event

Tour Schedule:

04/01 Guest post @ The Book Divas Reads

04/02 Review @ Savings in Seconds

04/03 Showcase @ Nesies Place

04/04 Review @ Nanasbookreviews

04/05 Review @ The World As I See It

04/10 Review @ Pat Fayo Reviews

04/11 Guest post @ Novels Alive

04/12 Interview @ I Read What You Write

04/13 Review @ Book Reviews From an Avid Reader

04/13 Review @ Novels Alive

04/13 Showcase @ Books, Ramblings, and Tea

04/14 Review @ Lynchburg Reads

04/15 Review @ Socrates Book Reviews

04/16 Showcase @ Books Blog

04/17 Showcase @ Our Town Book Reviews

04/18 Showcase @ Silvers Reviews

04/19 Review @ flightnurse70_book_reviews

04/20 Review @ Quiet Fury Books

04/21 Review @ tea. and. titles

04/22 Showcase @ Celticladys Reviews

04/23 Review @ addictedtobooks86

04/24 Review @ Margaret Yelton

04/25 Review @ Jersey Girl Book Reviews

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04/27 Review @ 5 Minutes for Books

04/28 Guest post @ Author Elena Taylors Blog

04/29 Review @ A Room Without Books is Empty

04/30 Review @ One More Book To Read


  1. Great review! This one does sounds like a very good read!

  2. Thanks for this great review! I'm glad you enjoyed the book.

    1. Thank you for the opportunity to feature Not Your Child on my blog.