Fact or Fiction: The Wrong Child

Choose a suspenseful psychological thriller, riveting true crime or both! Either way you’ll be drawn into these stories of mistaken identity and desperate families eager for the truth.

Playing Nice by JP Delaney

Playing NicePete and Maddie Riley had the wrong child, or at least that’s what the charmingly apologetic man on their doorstep claimed. Due to an unfortunate mix-up in the NICU, Pete and Maddie’s boisterous 2-year-old son Theo really belonged to Miles and Lucy Lambert. The Lamberts parented Pete and Maddie’s true biological son Davida toddler brain-injured due to complications of prematurity.

After the initial shock and horror, Pete and Maddie were beyond relieved that the Lamberts were happy to keep the status quo. Each family would keep the child they were currently parenting. They would get together for playdates, holidays and vacations. Lucy and Miles could even be Theo’s godfather! It was all so civilized, so amiable, until Pete and Maddie realized playing happy families was the last thing Miles wanted. Switched babies, bad seeds and a diabolical page-turning plot make Playing Nice deliciously wicked fun. 

A Case for Solomon by Tal McThenia

A Case for SolomonIn August, 1912, the swampy woods near Lake Swayze in Louisiana rang with desperate cries of “Bobby!  Bobby!” Hundreds of men searched for the little 4-year-old boy who was missing from the fishing camp. After eight months of agony and many false leads, a boy strongly resembling Bobby both in description and in the circulated photos, was found in the care of a tinker in Mississippi. His jubilant parents rushed to Mississippi and, after some initial hesitation, declared that this little boy was indeed the missing Bobby Dunbar. Ah, but was he? 

The tinker, William C. Walters, stated emphatically that the little boy was Bruce Anderson, the son of Julia Anderson. Little Bruce had been in his care long before Bobby Dunbar went missing. Julia went to Louisiana to see “Bobby Dunbar”and after initial hesitation  she declared this little boy was her Bruce, not Bobby. 

Both sides had numerous witnesses and affidavits to prove their case. Both sides had loving mothers eager to lay claim to the boy. But who was the little boy really? Totally engrossing, A Case for Solomon: Bobby Dunbar and the Kidnapping That Haunted a Nation by Tal McThenia and Margaret Dunbar Cutright, revisits a crime and a question of identity that would take years to be resolved. 

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