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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

What the critics say

"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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One of the best I’ve listened to

Just get it. It held me in suspense until the end. I couldn’t stop listening to it.

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Moving and thought provoking

This book is a must listen. It will really make you think about what constitutes family, and how love can change everything.

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Enjoyed this book

I have never listened to a book by JP Delaney and am so glad I did as the last few books I have listened to by other authors have been disappointing.
I thought the narration was very well done and each of the characters was easy to distinguish. It wasn't so much a psychological thriller, but more of a mystery and trying to figure out how it would end. It ended as I thought it would with a few surprises thrown in. All in all a good listen while driving, walking and completing some chores.
I will definitely be looking for more books by JP Delaney.

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starts slow, phenomenal middle, anticlimactic end

this book started slow. it was terrifying to listen to (as a parent) what NICU families go through. but then it picks up and I couldn't stop listening! the end though felt rushed and I wanted more suspense. performance was great.

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Good Book

The narration was excellent in this book. Clear characterization and tone kept me very much entertained. The story itself was very good and although the storyline was one we have heard before there were enough twists to make it really interesting as well as informative.

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  • Sheila S
  • 2020-07-30

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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  • 2020-08-03

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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  • JenniferLOVESThrillers
  • 2020-09-29

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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  • Erin
  • 2020-08-08

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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  • hannah619
  • 2021-01-01

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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  • Bill
  • 2020-09-25

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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  • Mike Thompson
  • 2020-08-15

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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  • Marie R.
  • 2020-08-09

So, so good!

Interesting plot, I couldn’t stop listening, I finished it in two days. I can’t wait to read more books by this author.

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  • N. K. Hanemann
  • 2021-03-15

Best psychological suspense!

I was so impressed with this book. My fav author in this genre is Ruth Ware but JP Delaney is now tied with Ruth. What I love is the way he puts characters in nearly impossible emotional situations. He reminds me of Jodi Picoult in that way. So excited to listen to the next book. Write faster, Sir!

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  • Jill Beck
  • 2021-03-15

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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