The Mother's Mistake by Ruth Heald
Kindle Edition, 374 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Bookouture
About the Book:
Everyone makes mistakes. But does everyone deserve to be forgiven? She runs past the tinkling of children’s laughter that fills the park. Heart hammering, she reaches the riverbank, breath catching in her throat as her eyes take in the small body, tangled in the reeds, pale and lifeless. Three years later...Claire’s life is picture perfect. A new home in the countryside. A new-born baby. A doting husband by her side. But behind closed doors, her life is falling apart. And when a threatening note is posted through her letterbox, saying she doesn’t deserve her daughter, it’s clear that someone knows about her past. Someone knows that Claire doesn’t deserve her perfect life. Someone’s going to do everything in their power to destroy it.
This is a first novel by Ruth Heald and it blew me away. This book grabs you at the beginning with a very compelling event, given away certainly by the title. It then hangs on to you through a lot of twists and turns where you’re never sure who’s telling the truth and who is delusional.
The premise was unique to me and the twists and turns were surprising and unexpected. The book was repetitive for a bit and I kind of wanted to take the lead character by the throat and tell her to stand up for herself. So setting aside Claire's extreme gullibility and her being meek, this book finally caught me up in its plot and characters.
The author does a great job of creating suspense and interesting characters. It is quite the page turner and there seems to be one twist after another, because of that, I would definitely purchase more books by this author.
Thank you NetGalley, Ruth Heald, Hogarth and Bookouture for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.
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