Author : Sanjida Kay
Title : My Mother’s Secret
Pages : 361
Publisher : Corvus
Publication date : March 5, 2018
Lizzie Bradshaw. A student from the Lake District, forced to work away from home, who witnesses a terrible crime. But who will ultimately pay the price?
Emma Taylor. A mother, a wife, and a woman with a dangerous secret. Can she keep her beloved family safely together?
Stella Taylor. A disaffected teenager, determined to discover what her mother is hiding. But how far will she go to uncover the truth?
And one man, powerful, manipulative and cunning, who controls all their destinies.
Here’s a fabulous example of how to take a simple premise and turn it on its head. How by just being in the wrong place at the wrong time, your whole world can come crashing down around you and your life will change forever.
The chapters in this novel switch between Emma, Lizzie and Stella. Emma leads a rather nice and comfortable life with her husband and two daughters, until one day she spots a man and her past catches up with her. Emma has been keeping a humongous secret that is slowly revealed throughout the story and I obviously can’t say any more about that because that would ruin the entire plot for you.
Personally, I thought it was rather obvious from the start what that secret was and I did feel some things were rather predictable but there is something so beautiful and absorbing in the way Sanjida Kay writes, that it didn’t matter one bit to me. As in her previous books, the characters in this story are all incredibly realistic and believable and it’s easy to imagine how one event can change the course of your life so dramatically. It makes you wonder what you would do. How do you choose between the life you have now and the one you could have had?
While Lizzie’s circumstances are heartbreaking, to say the least, I must say the stand-out character for me was Stella and Sanjida Kay brought this hormonal teenager to life perfectly. And yes, there is a bit of a twist that I didn’t see coming at all, which also made me rethink the entire story and enormously appreciate the way the plot was crafted. This is another gripping and compelling novel by this author and I look forward to more by her in future!
My Mother’s Secret is available in the UK in ebook format!