‘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
This serviceable psychological thriller from British author Boland (The Girl from the Sea) falls short of its promising setup. Grief over the death of young twins has ruined the marriage and career of Tessa Markham. One day, Tessa returns to her north London home to find a boy of five or six sitting in her kitchen. "Are you my mummy?" he asks. She phones her estranged husband, but he's reluctant to help. She next calls the police, who soon come to suspect her of child abduction. Meanwhile, Tessa's aggressive journalist neighbor betrays her trust, and a mysterious woman begins to stalk her. Tessa turns to her handsome boss for help in solving the mystery, but it's finally up to Tessa herself to track down the boy's parents. Unfortunately, the predictable plot generates little suspense, and most readers will have figured out the ending long before the heroine. Still, those looking for an easy-to-read vacation novel will be satisfied.
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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.
The Secret Mother (Borland)
This book was very exceptional compared to other books online and off. I read a lot so it is hard for me to find books that are great Authors. This is one of those books. The characters, story, and the one thing that makes it stand out the most is the human emotional turmoil. Not just with one character but the whole interaction is real. Also it does not fill a whole chapter with boring sex scenes. Written almost word for words each time. All the authors have to do is hit highlight clip move the cursor to a new chapter, hit paste and the chapter is taken care of not only in the book you’re reading but all in the series.
Also the author is good at finding misspelled Wordsworth has a great, no awesome proof reader who I encourage you to give a raise!
To sum it up there are good strong characters with real emotions that flow from the pen of Borland. There are no sentences that are written poorly where you need to read them several times, no boring sex scenes identical to the last three that took up almost while chapters. It’s real, believable, emotional and could have come straight from a diary of someone’s life. For me it was a page turner to the end but I wanted to read slow, and savor the one of the few good books I have read in a long time. Exceptional job Borland I Hope you keep your talent firmly in your pen and don’t lose your grin. Thanks for the great read.
This book was amazing, seriously could not put it down once I started reading it.