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Substitute by Susi Holliday – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Four Stars

4-gold-stars copy

RELEASE DATE:  12 August 2021

Format: E-ARC

Pages: 318

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Source: NetGalley


Three people live. Three people die. You make the choice.

Like any mother, Chrissie wants to protect her family. She would do anything to keep them safe. So when a mysterious stranger turns up at her door, offering to prevent the deaths of the people she loves, it sounds too good to be true. The only problem: she must choose someone to die in their place. A substitute.

When her daughter Holly has a terrible accident, Chrissie has no option but to enter the programme. In that horrifying moment, she would do anything to save her. But even after Holly makes a miraculous recovery, Chrissie is convinced it’s just a coincidence. After all, who can really control the laws of life and death?

But as the dangers to her family escalate and her chosen substitutes begin to disappear, Chrissie finds herself in an underworld of hidden laboratories and secretive doctors. And the consequences of playing by their rules are far deadlier than she ever imagined…



Thank you so much to Thomas & Mercer for sending me a copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review!

What if you could prevent your three most loved people from dying, but you had to choose substitutes to take their place? When Chrissie is offered this deal, she thinks someone is playing a prank on her. That is until one of her three chosen loved ones is in an accident. They survive, but her substitute does not.

Scientist, Michael, has been working on a cell regenerating drug in the hope he can cure cancer. His lab partner sees a different path though – what if they could cure death?

Told in alternating points of view and time, Chrissie in the current day and Michael years earlier, The Substitute is a suspenseful morality thriller that leaves you asking ‘what would I do?’  I enjoyed the slow reveal of Chrissie’s past that connected the dots as the story progressed.

With plenty of twists and tense moments, I was engrossed in this one from the start. This was my first book by this author, but I’ll be checking out some of her others shortly!

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