The Secret Mother
A gripping psychological thriller that will have you hooked
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‘Absolutely addictive and brilliant with an end I didn't see coming. This is one book you have to read and it gets 5 huge stars from me!!!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
'Are you my mummy?’
Tessa Markham returns home to find a child in her kitchen. He thinks she’s his mother. But Tessa doesn’t have any children.
She doesn’t know who the little boy is or how he got there.
After contacting the police, Tessa is suspected of taking the mystery child. Her whole life is turned upside down. And then her husband reveals a secret of his own…
Tessa isn’t sure what to believe or who to trust. Because someone is lying. To find out who, she must confront her painful past. But is the truth more dangerous than Tessa realises?
An absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller with a twist that will make you wonder if you can ever trust anyone again. If you loved Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and The Sister this book will have you hooked.
What readers are saying about The Secret Mother:
‘Wow, wow, wow! What a fantastic book! The book starts with a bang… from page one and believe me, it doesn’t let up throughout the book and keeps you gripped until the very end!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars
‘Oh yes, yes, yes, yes this was my kind of read, I really have taken this and added it to my top 10 this year, it’s a screaming from the rooftops fantastic read, if you love a good thriller… if you love to stay up all night reading because you simply can't switch your mind off from a book, this is it, you found it, don't look any further… so fast paced it leaves your breathless. One of the best psychological thrillers that I have read that has shocked me, left me dribbling for me and wanting more from this author.’ Read Along With Sue, 5 stars
‘Wow, wow and wow! What a read! Gripping from start to end and a very clever plot that keeps you guessing all the way. I loved this book ... didn’t want it to finish.’ Nicki’s Book Blog, 5 stars
‘Utterly gripping to the last page and full of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. A fantastic thriller!' Sarah A. Denzil, author of #1 bestseller Silent Child
‘Another five-star winner from this author… Kept me gripped from the very first page… An absolute must read… Wish I could have given it more than just 5 stars!’ Bookseller Review, 5 stars
‘I was on the edge of my seat… This has to be one of the most suspenseful books I have ever read! I felt the hairs on the back of my neck go up and my heart raced a mile a minute.’ Touch My Spine, 5 stars
‘An absolutely brilliant story, I was so hooked, loved every minute of it, I couldn't put my kindle down as I needed to know the ending, and what a brilliant ending it was!!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Wow! What a thrilling ride! Enough twists to keep me guessing until the very end, this one took the idea of a curve-ball and brought it to a whole new level. The end was incredible. I've read some fantastic psychological thrillers lately, but The Secret Mother blew them all out of the water. Really, honestly, pick up this one.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘When a book captures you from the very first page and doesn't let go to the very last, you read it in one sitting as you can't put it down and then feel very satisfied when you have finished it then you know it is a special book. This is one of those books! ... I totally recommend. 5 big shiny stars.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Absolutely loved this amazing book! ... One of the best psychological thrillers I have read!’ Renita D’Silva, 5 stars
I’m not crazy...just allow me to prove it
The Secret Mother is a psychological thriller that will have you questioning every character, every behavior, every reaction, and every action.
Tessa’s character was emotionally unstable. Tessa lost her babies, lost her husband, and was accused of abducting a young boy. Tessa has a long list of questionable actions that the police wanted answers to. The press and journalists wanted a story from her. Tessa wanted answers herself. She attempts to find out the answers on her own, then with the help of a neighbor. Essentially all these actions formed a mysterious and dramatic set of circumstances at unfolding the truth.
Tessa and Scott are separated living separate lives. For a year and a half Tessa has been drowning in grief while Scott moved forward. Each coping with the pain differently.
Tessa’s emotional state of mind was a cause for concern for the police, her husband, her boss, her neighbor, and the press. Understandably so with her prior actions and behaviors after losing her son, it’s no wonder Tessa has suffered a breakdown in life. Her husband abandoned her when she was coping with the loss.
Tessa’s only friend is a journalist. The one person who used to have her back and unconditional support, her husband, has started a new life leaving her to cope and grieve by herself. Aside from her grieving Tessa dealt with some strange circumstances involving a five year boy who showed up sitting in her kitchen. This sparked a lot of attention from the police and the press causing interruptions at her work and home.
Ben her boss and owner of the garden center she works at has been a positive attribute through the press nightmare. He has her back proving support and understanding.
Scott had Tessa convinced she needed therapy to cope with her mental instability and depression. Scott couldn’t see beyond her grief and gave up hope. Tessa’s fragile state of mind had her convinced she’s a mess of emotions not ready to trust another man. Scott’s unwarranted support creates doubts in Tessa’s mental state of mind.
Scott and Tessa had a strong marriage up until the death of their babies. Both grieving and coping in different ways, pushed them apart. The once strong bond was weakened by this devastating circumstance. Instead of working together to share the burden of their loss their coping styles forced distance in their relationship.
Depression became Tessa’s only means at surviving. Tessa wanted to continue remembering her babies by visiting the cemetery and staring at photos while Scott wanted to forget their memories by moving forward.
Shalini had me guessing from the beginning. I only discovered the truth just as Tessa was discovering it. I had my hunches but nothing substantial.
This story illustrated how a once strong marriage couldn’t withstand the dark circumstances of life proving not all relationships are meant to last forever. This couples solid foundation began to crack when a hardship fell upon them.
The Secret Mother
Don’t usually read mysteries, but saw the reviews and didn't see anything else that interested me. Once into the story I couldn’t put it down.
*spoilers* Not sure how this book became #1 on the top charts, unless it’s because of the low price. The premise was good and it could have been a great, suspenseful read, but I found it to be very predictable and poorly written. I ended up skimming through entire paragraphs of superfluous, annoying yammering just to get to the point. It may also have helped to not have the outcome given away in the title...that alone proves that this author is not the best at employing the element of surprise.