** advanced copy received via publisher **
Happy publication day to Shalini Boland and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Secret Mother. Many thanks to Kim Nash and Bookouture for the opportunity and the advanced copy, which I received via Netgalley.
Author : Shalini Boland
Title : The Secret Mother
Pages : 241
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : November 9, 2017
‘Are you my mummy?’
Tessa Markham comes home to find a little boy in her kitchen. He thinks she’s his mother. But Tessa doesn’t have any children.
She doesn’t know who the child is or how he got there.
After contacting the police, Tessa comes under suspicion for snatching the boy. She must fight to prove her innocence. But how can she convince everyone she’s not guilty when even those closest to her are questioning the truth? And when Tessa doesn’t even trust herself…
Tessa returns home after visiting her children’s graves at the cemetery, only to find a little boy in her kitchen asking her if she is his mummy. Tessa has no idea where the child came from or how he even got into her house. When she contacts the police, she’s quickly suspected of child abduction and even those close to her don’t believe her version of events.
Make sure you have a free afternoon when you start reading this one because you won’t want to put it down. It’s a very gripping, fast-paced and addictive read. At times, I also found it quite moving and it made me angry as well. A lot of emotions to go through when reading a psychological thriller.
Not only does Tessa have to deal with this suspicion hanging over her head, there’s also the grief over the children she lost. And on top of all of that we get the utterly relentless hounding of the media which doesn’t just affect her but also those around her and you can’t help wondering how anyone is able to deal with that hassle and invasion of privacy.
I warmed to Tessa from the beginning and as the tension builds up and we get closer to the truth, you can’t help but root for her. It’s hard to say any more without giving anything away but I was with Tessa every step of the way as she digs deep to find out the truth and I sat here wondering if there was anyone who could be trusted. There may have been a character or two that weren’t quite as sympathetic but ultimately, the reasons for their behaviour were completely understandable and believable.
Shalini Boland has come up with a well executed and compelling plot that will keep you hooked from start to finish and I look forward to whatever is next.
The Secret Mother is available for purchase now!
Shalini Boland lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing psychological thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).
Shalini’s debut psychological thriller THE GIRL FROM THE SEA reached No 1 in the US Audible charts and No 7 in the UK Kindle charts. Her second thriller THE BEST FRIEND reached no 2 in the US Audible charts and No 10 in the Amazon UK Kindle charts. It also achieved number 1 in all its categories and was a Kindle All Star title for several months in a row. Shalini’s recent release THE MILLIONAIRE’S WIFE reached No 9 in the Kindle UK charts.
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Shalini is also the author of two bestselling Young Adult series as well as an atmospheric WWII novel with a time-travel twist.