#BookReview: The Night they Stole my Baby by Darren O’Sullivan @JoffeBooks @darrensully #psychologicalthriller

Hi everyone! Today, I have a review for an eBook from an author new to me, Darren O’Sullivan.

This is a gripping read with lots of twists, which I picked it up via Joffe Books ARC >>>

About the Book:


Book cover in dark, tension filled blues. The Night they Stole my Baby by Darren O’Sullivan My baby is due in two weeks. Hand on my bump, I swear to my little girl, I won’t be anything like my mother.

I’m walking home after the perfect baby shower, enjoying the cool summer evening breeze. I can’t wait to rest my aching feet.

I’m almost at my door when the world goes black.

I wake with a blinding pain in my head. Beeping of machines in background. I open my eyes to a white room.

Panic jolts through me. I reach down to my bump, to where my baby should be. But she’s not there.

Then my fingers find a rough line of stitches.

Someone has taken my baby.

Out of me.


My Review:


Many thanks to Joffe Books for this free eARC.

Gripping, emotional, and an absolute must read!

‘She ran deep into the wildlands, as fast as her legs would carry her, stumbling over the uneven ground, frosty and hard from the harsh winter night. At first her bare feet hurt, almost as much as the gash that trickled crimson down her thigh, then they burned, then she felt nothing at all.’ … from this wonderful atmospheric opening, the story grabs the reader by the throat and doesn’t let go until the end.

I cannot imagine what this young woman endured, both as a child and then as a new mother who has her baby stolen whilst she’s in a coma. The plot, pacing, premise, character development, and excellent prose all make this an absolutely compelling read.

Here are some lines that stayed with me …

‘It was in the eyes, a hatred only one Mother ever showed. Emily was standing in front of Monster Mother.’ … OMG, this had me on the edge of my seat!

And …

‘It provided comfort on a bed of nails.’

And …

‘[…] memories flooded in so vividly I felt like I was eleven all over again. They tried to wash me away, back to a time that still hurt so badly, still impacted me so greatly, but I swam against the tide, waded until I was back in the present.’

This is the type of story that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading. Whilst I had a good idea who was the culprit from early on, the many twists and turns had me doubt and second guess myself so many times. The penultimate scene had me forgetting to breathe.

As you can guess, I give 5 stars for this book and would give 10 if I could. Go buy this book!



NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.


I’d love to hear what you think of this review. Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you soon 💕🙂


For anyone interested, here are the Amazon links … (The book releases today!)

UK … https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08R8XRTB2/

US … https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08R8XRTB2/

I’m travelling tomorrow, so if I’m late with any comments which arrive after early evening (UK time) today, I’ll get back to you as soon as possible … pinky promise! Thanks all 💖🤗

32 Comments on “#BookReview: The Night they Stole my Baby by Darren O’Sullivan @JoffeBooks @darrensully #psychologicalthriller

  1. Thanks for the introduction and the review, Harmony. This sounds like a very thrilling and also fast pacing read. I am giving five of five points. 😉 Best wishes, Michael

    • You’re so welcome, Michael. Thanks for the five points! 😉Keep well. Hugs 🤗💕🙂

    • That’s fantastic! I’m sure you’ll love it, Kymber 🤗💕🙂

  2. Ten stars if possible? That’s a strong endorsement, Harmony! This sounds like a book you’d want to read in one sitting.

  3. Wow, Harmony, you have me hooked! This sounds like a gripping read and as a mother, I can only begin to imagine the horror of finding your baby stolen. Thank you for sharing. I will be keeping this one on my radar.

  4. Great review, Harmony! You have me worried and curious about this one:)

  5. What a wonderful review, Harmony! The book seems unputdownable. Definitely on my ‘to read’ list..

  6. My first question would be, Who did the author have to kill to get a review like this?
    This is a great review Harmony, written by someone who knows just how to pique a reader’s Interest. Yes, I know that’s your job but you just do it so well. This is not my normal type of reading but even I might get this,
    On a personal note, I hope you’re well and traveling OK. Huge Hugs as usual friend of mine.

    • 🤣🤣🤣Oh, David, you had me struggling to not spit out my coffee when I read your first question!!!
      I’m thrilled you loved the review that much, and I always enjoy your compliments and support. Huge hugs to you too, my friend. We travel tomorrow, so 🤞🤞🤞