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A Mother’s Confession – Kelly Rimmer

Psychological Thriller 5*s
Psychological Thriller
5*s

I picked this book up purely on the recommendation of a couple of other book bloggers who (strongly) hinted at a heart-breaking book; it is but not in the sense that phrase is usually referring to, this is no romantic light fluffy story, it is something far darker. This was a book that in turn chilled me to the bone, whilst the brilliant device of a mother telling the tale of her little boy’s birth onwards whilst his wife looks back on the life she shared with him as a man, had me absolutely hooked.

We know straight off that there has been a tragedy. David is dead, his wife Olivia is struggling with her grief, her daughter Zoe the only daily contact she has with the world outside her front door. She is too paralysed to talk to her former colleague who delivers a daily monologue through the front door to her, although she keeps her appointments with her grief-counsellor, the contents of these are delivered to the reader with a force that at times took my breath away.

David and Olivia were one of life’s fortunate couples, they were well-off, professionals living in a beautiful house, close by to his mother which was handy for babysitting, but the tragedy of David’s death has blown apart the careful construction of the perfect couple, the secrets can no longer be contained.

Ivy is mourning the loss of her son by remembering key episodes of his life from his birth through to the present day. Ivy is a mother who pushed her child to the fore, a woman who lived her life through her son’s achievements and as a result is lost, and perhaps unable to face up to what has happened.

Set in Australia the small town setting is an inspired device to allow us to experience the different viewpoints of the locals, particularly as David’s father owns the local grocery store. Olivia, and perhaps Ivy, have their versions of David challenged by those who only know part of their tale. We the readers are the fortunate ones because through both women we get to see the truth.

The depth of characterisation and in particular the development of Olivia’s as she moves from the first numbing days of grief to one where she begins to contemplate returning to work was superb. There was not one single moment when I disbelieved her actions, her words or thoughts. I was willing her along her difficult journey to an ending which simply had me stunned.

Ivy is a different sort of mother, one who holds some outdated and therefore seemingly outlandish views, a difficult woman to like especially when her actions have caused Olivia so much pain, but, controversially she has her reasons and so I still had a smidgen of sympathy for this blinkered woman, not a lot, but I felt that as the author has given us a little of her background, it would almost be rude to dismiss her as a total witch.

This book had me completely riveted, I did not want to part with it as I needed to know what was going to happen. The author pulled me in from the off, and each bit of information added to the rising feeling of dread in this book where it was obvious something terrible was going to be revealed, but quite what wasn’t apparent until it was upon me.

If you like books that let you run the gamut of emotions, a book that is pitched at just the right pace so that you are not fighting against the feeling that the author is withholding information as a ploy to fill the book, don’t dismiss this book. The cover doesn’t do justice to the power of the words inside A Mother’s Confession.

I received my copy of A Mother’s Confession from the publishers Bookouture. This unbiased review is my thanks to them and the talented author Kelly Rimmer, another author whose back catalogue I will now be exploring.

First Published UK: 27 October 2016
Publisher: Bookouture
No of Pages: 352
Genre: Psychological Thriller – domestic
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Posted in Weekly Posts

This Week in Books (December 14)

This Week In Books

Hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found my Wednesday post gives you a taste of what I am reading this week. A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words

At the moment I am reading The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena a book I nearly read earlier in the year but was worried that I would be too angry with the parents and so chose something else instead. I’m feeling calmer now and have things in perspective, this is after all fiction.

The Couple Next Door

Blurb

You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race upstairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She’s gone.

You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there.

What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit? NetGalley

I have just finished Belinda Bauer’s The Facts of Life and Death, another amazing book by this talented author.

the-facts-of-life-and-death

Please see yesterday’s post for the synopsis and an excerpt.

Next I am planning on reading A Mother’s Confession by Kelly Rimmer, I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book which is great because I’m not too keen on this cover!

a-mothers-confession

Blurb

He’s dead and I’m safe, but I’m still scared. Sometimes I actually miss him, but then in the very next breath I find that I hate him so much that I hope there is a hell, just so that he can be suffering like he left me here to suffer.’

Olivia and David were the perfect couple with their whole lives in front of them. When beautiful baby daughter Zoe came along, their world seemed complete.

But now David is dead and Olivia’s world is in pieces. While she is consumed with grief, her mother-in-law Ivy is also mourning the loss of her son. Both women are hiding secrets about the man they loved. Secrets that have put the family in danger.

Something was very wrong in Olivia and David’s marriage. Can Olivia and Ivy break their silence and speak the truth? A mother should protect her child, whatever the cost…shouldn’t she? NetGalley

Have you read any of these? What do you think of my choices?

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave your links, answers or any other random comments about books in the box below.

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Weekly Wrap Up (November 20)

Weekly Wrap Up

As I write this we are preparing for storm Angus which is getting ever closer to the Channel Islands so hopefully all is well and he’s passed over without causing too many problems – but I’m quite happy with the warning to all Islanders to ‘Avoid outside activity’ which sounds very much like stay inside and read a book!

Cleopatra Loves Books got a quote inside the paperback edition of Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard, a book that has seriously put me off considering a cruise… ever! Even better I am sharing with so many other lovely book bloggers

inside-distress-signals

This Week on the Blog

I started off the week with a five star review for Another Day Gone by Eliza Graham. I don’t understand why this author isn’t more widely celebrated, and this story of a past atrocity and the London bombing was both compelling and thought-provoking.

My extract post on Tuesday featured Belinda Bauer’s latest book, The Beautiful Dead; there are few books that have such an attention grabbing opener!

On Wednesday I was able to brag about a truly wonderful week of reading ahead, featuring Beryl Bainbridge and the fabulous Val McDermid.

On Thursday I posted my review of In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings. Having seen so much praise heaped on this book I bought a copy back in March and sadly it was bumped of the schedule at least twice – it was amazing and I awarded my second five stars for the week.

My review on Friday was for The Stranger In My Home by Adele Parks. I’d always passed this author’s books by without checking out the synopsis; they weren’t what I’d assumed and this is a compelling tale of two babies switched at birth with a dark undertone…

Yesterday saw me reviewing my third book by Beryl Bainbridge of 2016 having only ‘discovered’ her writing earlier this year, I am making up for lost time – Sweet William is a misleading title. William is not sweet but Bainbridge managed to make me judge Ann quite harshly as his willing victim.

This Time Last Year

I discovered a book that is probably one of my favourite reads of all time. This was an accidental find having half-watched a bit of a TV drama and decided (as always) that I’d rather read the book – and I did! The book being The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley which seems to have been a set read for most schools in the UK, except mine. It’s ok, I do think I probably appreciated the nuances far better now than I would have as a teenager but really… why were we not given this one to read?
You can read my review here.

The Go-Betweeen

Blurb

‘The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there’
When one long, hot summer, young Leo is staying with a school-friend at Brandham Hall, he begins to act as a messenger between Ted, the farmer, and Marian, the beautiful young woman up at the hall. He becomes drawn deeper and deeper into their dangerous game of deceit and desire, until his role brings him to a shocking and premature revelation. The haunting story of a young boy’s awakening into the secrets of the adult world, The Go-Between is also an unforgettable evocation of the boundaries of Edwardian society. Amazon


Stacking the Shelves

Two additions this week… First up a request that was granted by NetGalley which I suspect from the  fantastic review written by Jo of My Chestnut Reading Tree will be incredibly emotional – A Mother’s Confession by Kelly Rimmer.

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Blurb

He’s dead and I’m safe, but I’m still scared. Sometimes I actually miss him, but then in the very next breath I find that I hate him so much that I hope there is a hell, just so that he can be suffering like he left me here to suffer.’

Olivia and David were the perfect couple with their whole lives in front of them. When beautiful baby daughter Zoe came along, their world seemed complete.

But now David is dead and Olivia’s world is in pieces. While she is consumed with grief, her mother-in-law Ivy is also mourning the loss of her son. Both women are hiding secrets about the man they loved. Secrets that have put the family in danger.

Something was very wrong in Olivia and David’s marriage. Can Olivia and Ivy break their silence and speak the truth? A mother should protect her child, whatever the cost…shouldn’t she? NetGalley

I also received a copy of The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer who has turned her hand away from Vampires and towards a thriller. I’m intrigued to try this one out although I’m not entirely sure the underlying plot is one that I will enjoy.

the-chemist

Blurb

She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning.
Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.
When her former handler offers her a way out, she realises it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires makes her situation even more dangerous.
Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of. Amazon

PicMonkey Collage TBR

TBR WATCH

Since my last post I have read 3 books and managed to gain just 2, but… disaster struck and I miscounted 1 book last week, so my TBR is still standing at 178 books!

94 physical books
68 e-books
16 books on NetGalley

What have you found to read this week?