Monday 25 September 2023

Review - Delicate Condition by Danielle Valentine

Delicate Condition by Danielle Valentine
Publisher: Viper
Release date: 17 August 2023
Back cover blurb: Anna Alcott is desperate to have a family. But as she tries to balance her increasingly public life as an indie actress with a gruelling IVF regime, she starts to suspect that someone is going to great lengths to make sure that never happens. Crucial medicines are lost. Appointments are moved without her knowledge. She's sure she's being followed. And when she finally does get pregnant, someone breaks into her house and steals the ultrasound photograph of her baby. But despite everything she's gone through, not even her husband is willing to believe that someone is playing twisted games with her. Then her doctors tell her she's lost the baby. Despite her grief, Anna ignores the grave-faced men lecturing her - because she can still feel the baby moving, can see the toil it's taking on her weakened body. Isolated in a remote snowbound town, Anna is sure that whoever has been following her is closing in on her and her unborn child. And as her symptoms become more terrifying, she can't help but wonder what exactly is growing inside her... and why no-one will listen when she says that something is horribly wrong.

I have to be honest, I'm not really sure where to start with this one. It's a lot of things, all at once: Original. Cultish. Odd at times. Gripping.

Okay so let's try and start at the beginning...

Anna Alcott is desperate to have a baby. But her career as an actor has just taken off massively, and her gruelling IVF treatment regime is suffering as a result.

Then finally, the moment that she and her husband have waited for for years. She's pregnant! Both are ecstatic, and Anna knows that she should maybe try to take a bit of a break from her career, but that is now almost impossible as the rising star that she is.

Then the unthinkable happens and Anna knows that she must take a break despite what her agency tells her. She has lost the baby to miscarriage. Devastated, Anna wonders exactly what she needs to go through to finally become a Mother.

Until she feels the baby move. 

Hopeful Anna begins to take better care of herself, and tries to convince her husband and doctor that the baby is still inside her. In turn they begin to show concern for her mental health. Anna is terrified that they will try to take the baby away, so moves to a remote location where no one can hurt her.

At least it should be safe...

This is where I can't really say too much more, as I'll start giving things away. This novel may not to be everyone's taste, but it is an emotional rollercoaster of a ride and tackles some difficult subjects really well.

I'm intrigued by this author's work and look forward to seeing what might be next.

Delicate Condition is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops.

Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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