The Secret Mother

The Secret Mother

Shalini Boland / Oct 23, 2019

The Secret Mother 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 Not any She doesn t know who the little boy is or how he got t

  • Title: The Secret Mother
  • Author: Shalini Boland
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  • 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 Not any.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 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 Not any.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 ownTessa 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 dangerous than Tessa realises An absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller with a twist that will make you wonder if you can ever trust anyone again Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Kindle Edition, 244 pages Published November 9th 2017 by Bookouture More Details ASIN B0751GJLRN Edition Language English Other Editions 6 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Secret Mother, please sign up Popular Answered Questions This question contains spoilers view spoiler Angela was able to get into Tessa s house because she had seen Carly letting herself in, so she knew where the spare key was kept Why was Carly letting herself into Tessa s house hide spoiler like 5 months ago See all 2 answers Arvind This answer contains spoilers view spoiler I was going to ask the same question One of quite a few plot holes hide spoiler flag Why cant I 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child She has to prove her 4.5 stars Tessa Markham has just finished visiting the cemetery at the graves of her two twins She visits them a lot, to try to get over her grieving One twin dies at birth and the other dies a few days later When she comes home, she sees a little boy in her kitchen, and he asks her, Are you my Mummy Tessa lives alone She no longer has any children She then calls her ex husband and he comes over and calls the police She then becomes a suspect of abducting the child She has to prove her innocence Her ex husband thinks she is unstable and has just had enough of Tessa.The only person who believes her is her boss This has become a total nightmare for Tessa She does not know how this child got there, and doesn t know him Tess begins not trusting herself Journalists are following her everywhere and harassing her Her neighbor is also a journalist She is trying to clear her name.How did this little boy get there This was a very gripping and addicting read I finished it in two days It was full with twists and turns I could not put it down It is a page turner Once you start this make sure you have a lot of time because you won t want to put this down I did find it a little predictable but I didn t figure out the motive and the story behind it It was so shocking I was glued to the pages It was like a thrill ride.I loved the characters I really became to know them very well My heart went out to Tessa and I couldn t stand her ex husband Scott I also loved the writing style I have read a lot of psychological thrillers lately and this one is one of the best thrillers If you don t believe me look at the ratings 4.15 rating with 305 reviews That should be able to tell it all.I want to thank Netgalley, Bookouture and the author for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 131 likesLike see review View all 69 comments Nov 08, 2017 Susanne Strong rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves netgalley, 2017 five star books 4.5 Stars rounded up Brilliantly Done.Could you imagine coming home and finding someone in your kitchen Would your reaction change if that someone were an innocent little boy who asks Are you my mummy I sure can t One day however, that s exactly what happens to Tessa Markham who comes home to find a little boy named Harry sitting in her kitchen She has no idea who he is or how he got there.Once she calls the police however, they think she kidnapped him Her past, you see, it s a colorful 4.5 Stars rounded up Brilliantly Done.Could you imagine coming home and finding someone in your kitchen Would your reaction change if that someone were an innocent little boy who asks Are you my mummy I sure can t One day however, that s exactly what happens to Tessa Markham who comes home to find a little boy named Harry sitting in her kitchen She has no idea who he is or how he got there.Once she calls the police however, they think she kidnapped him Her past, you see, it s a colorful one and no one believes her Thereafter she has to fight to prove her innocence as even her husband from whom she s separated, think she s guilty After the press attack her, Tessa s life is completely torn apart and things go from bad to worse Tessa however, can only think about one thing Harry Shalini Boland s The Secret Mother sucked me in immediately I read the book in one sitting and I hardly ever do that any I was in a frenzy to finish and couldn t wait to get to the very end None of the characters in this novel are even remotely trustworthy Shalini Boland did a spectacular job in making me question each character and their actions I admit that I even questioned poor little Harry How s that for fantastic writing The Secret Mother is now the third novel that I ve read by Shalini Boland and it is her best yet and that, my friends is saying something I loved The Girl from the Sea and liked The Best Friend In my humble opinion however, The Secret Mother far surpasses Ms Boland s prior novels the writing is sharper, crisper and clever I was glued to this book and could not tear myself away and that did not happen previously While I had an idea as to what was going to happen in the end, it did not hinder my interest, nor was I disappointed in anyway In short, if you are looking for a fabulous mystery suspense, please do yourself a favor and check this one out, you won t be disappointed Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Shalini Boland for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review Published on NetGalley Twitter and Facebook on 11.8.17 Will be published on on 11.9.17 flag 105 likesLike see review View all 42 comments Nov 09, 2017 Sarah Joint rated it really liked it review of another edition Whew I haven t read a book in one sitting in awhile This one was devoured before bed when I only planned to get through about 25% of it It certainly keeps you reading I definitely should have heeded the warnings from several reviews of this book written by friends don t start unless you have time to finish I had time, I just got way less sleep than I should have There s never really a good time to stop, this story takes no breaks.This is the fourth book I ve read from Shalini Boland, and Whew I haven t read a book in one sitting in awhile This one was devoured before bed when I only planned to get through about 25% of it It certainly keeps you reading I definitely should have heeded the warnings from several reviews of this book written by friends don t start unless you have time to finish I had time, I just got way less sleep than I should have There s never really a good time to stop, this story takes no breaks.This is the fourth book I ve read from Shalini Boland, and I think she s definitely one to watch She just signed with one of my favorite publishers, Bookouture, so I see many immensely readable books to come.Tessa s story is heartbreaking she s a mother without children Her little girl died not long after she was born, and her little boy passed away years later after an illness Her husband left her She left the job that she loved Now she s a former landscape architect working at a garden center that barely pays the bills, visiting the graves of her children every Sunday alone One Sunday she expects to come back to the same old depressing empty house but there s a little boy in her kitchen He calls her mummy Where did he come from Charmed but confused and alarmed, Tessa calls her husband, who rushes over and calls the police Little Harry is taken away, but that one word struck something long dead in Tessa s heart why was he in her home, and why would he call her mummy If finding a missing child in her home wasn t enough cause for suspicion from the police, Tessa becomes increasingly unstable and obsessed with finding out where he came from The public thinks she s a child abductor The press follows her, hounding her both at home and work Her husband thinks she s having a breakdown and begins to treat her as if she s just a bother Her journalist neighbor just wants a story The only person she thinks she can turn to seems to be Ben, her boss He s kind and understanding, and doesn t act like she s lost the plot But for us, it s not entirely clear if she has or notI figured things out a little early I am, after all, an experienced armchair detective but wasn t sure if I was right I needed to know, and couldn t put the book down Another great read by Shalini Boland, one you should plan on getting lost in for a couple of hours I received an ARC of this book from Net Galley and Bookouture, thank you My review is honest and unbiased. flag 77 likesLike see review View all 39 comments Nov 06, 2017 BIBLIOMANIAC MJ rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves netgalley Beware of this book It will take you hostage from the first word to the lastyou can forget about your to do list, this gripping read will make itself a priority above all else When Tessa, who lives alone, arrives home after visiting the graves of her twin children, she is shocked to discover a little boy in her kitchen, asking her are you my mummy Who is this child and how did he manage to get into her house Upon contacting the police, Tessa soon comes under suspicion of child abductio Beware of this book It will take you hostage from the first word to the lastyou can forget about your to do list, this gripping read will make itself a priority above all else When Tessa, who lives alone, arrives home after visiting the graves of her twin children, she is shocked to discover a little boy in her kitchen, asking her are you my mummy Who is this child and how did he manage to get into her house Upon contacting the police, Tessa soon comes under suspicion of child abduction When even those closest to her question her innocence, one begins to wonder if Tessa is indeed losing it.You ll be unable to turn your mind off from this one, constantly pondering and speculating as to what will happen next This tale was very well thought out, providing everything you d want in a good book teasing questions you just HAVE to know the answers to characters you ll be rooting for and others that just rub you up the wrong way a dazzling ending that did not disappoint I absolutely loved this one, I just had to give it ALL the stars It was a no brainer that it made my top 10 for the year.Congratulations to Shalini Boland on a fantabulous read, I was thoroughly entertained by every page So looking forward to reading much much by this author Many thanks to Netgalley, Bookouture and of course the author for an advanced copy in exchange for my unbiased opinion The pleasure was all mine flag 64 likesLike see review View all 17 comments Oct 31, 2017 sue rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves family drama, net galley, psychological thrillers, mystery Oh yes, yes yes yes yes, this was my kind of read, I really have taken this and added it to my top 10 this year, its a screaming from the rooftops fantastic read, if you love a good thriller, if you love to guess what happens next, 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.This is so fast paced it leaves your breathless One of the best psychological thrillers that I have read that has sho Oh yes, yes yes yes yes, this was my kind of read, I really have taken this and added it to my top 10 this year, its a screaming from the rooftops fantastic read, if you love a good thriller, if you love to guess what happens next, 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.This is 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 from this author Tessa comes home and finds an angel has delivered a young boy to her home whilst she was out, hes sat there, yes sat there in her kitchen drawing and colouring in.There is an ex husband, she calls him, but there are mitigating circumstances surrounding her past with her husband that puts Tessa in danger of being accused of abduction.Is Tessa going mad, some would think so, even her readers aren t sure.I have just come across this author and I need to catch up on her other books, I will most certainly be doing that.My thanks to the author, to Bookoutour and to Net galley for my copy flag 60 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Nov 03, 2017 Carrie rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley Tessa Markham has been living alone since she and her husband had split up after the loss of their son When Tessa arrives home from work one night to what should be an empty house only to find a little boy in her kitchen she has no clue what she should do When the little boy ask Tessa if she is to be his new mother Tessa knows she must find out just who this boy is and where he s come from Once the police arrive at Tessa s home she finds herself answering their questions over and over again Tessa Markham has been living alone since she and her husband had split up after the loss of their son When Tessa arrives home from work one night to what should be an empty house only to find a little boy in her kitchen she has no clue what she should do When the little boy ask Tessa if she is to be his new mother Tessa knows she must find out just who this boy is and where he s come from Once the police arrive at Tessa s home she finds herself answering their questions over and over again No one seems to believe that Tessa just found the boy in her home and it quickly turns into suspicion of her snatching the boy herself Tessa even begins to question her own sanity knowing she d been battling depression since the loss of her child but she is determined to find out just what is going on The Secret Mother by Shalini Boland is a highly addictive psychological thriller with just the perfect combination of a flawed main character and engaging story to keep the pages turning Tessa pulled me into her world rather quickly and made me want her to find out just what had happened and how the child had come into her life The reason I m not giving The Secret Mother a full five stars is due to the fact that fairly early on in the story I had my suspicions as to how it would work out which were pretty spot on There was one little detail in the wrap up I wasn t a huge fan of but the fact that I still found myself completely engrossed in the book and not wanting to put it down regardless shows just how great the writing was in this book I d definitely recommend checking this one out to the fans of a good thriller I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For reviews please visit flag 44 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Oct 31, 2017 Louise Wilson rated it really liked it review of another edition When Tess Markham arrives home after visiting the graves of her twins, she finds a little boy in her kitchen who asks her are you my Mummy She does not know the child and she has no idea how he got into her house After contacting the police, Tessa comes under suspicion of snatching the boy She has to fight to prove her innocence but even the people closest to her are questioning the truth.It took me a while to see where this story was going but it did not spoil the book for me as it is an e When Tess Markham arrives home after visiting the graves of her twins, she finds a little boy in her kitchen who asks her are you my Mummy She does not know the child and she has no idea how he got into her house After contacting the police, Tessa comes under suspicion of snatching the boy She has to fight to prove her innocence but even the people closest to her are questioning the truth.It took me a while to see where this story was going but it did not spoil the book for me as it is an edge of your seat plot line None of us like to hear when children go missing and we all hope for a happy outcome from it, and this is what keeps us turning the pages in this book, we need to find out the answers This book is well written and thought out I just loved it.I would like to thank NetGalley, Bookouture and the author Shalini Boland for my ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 41 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Oct 15, 2017 Pauline rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves netgalley The secret Mother by Shalini Bolton was a excellent psychological thriller I was hooked from the very first page until the last page I really liked the character of Tessa and I did not want to put the book down and read it in one day I will be looking forward to reading books from this author I would like to thank NetGalley and Bookouture for my e copy in exchange for an honest review flag 40 likesLike see review Nov 12, 2017 Amy rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves netgalley 4.5 5I think it s becoming and difficult to come up with a premise that instantly hooks the reader these days, especially in a psychological thriller but The Secret Mother instantaneously hooked me from the moment I finished the first chapter Can you even imagine coming home one day to find a child that s not yours just hanging out This is exactly what happens to Tessa and it s all the painful as her children have passed away, I swear this poor woman has been put through the wr 4.5 5I think it s becoming and difficult to come up with a premise that instantly hooks the reader these days, especially in a psychological thriller but The Secret Mother instantaneously hooked me from the moment I finished the first chapter Can you even imagine coming home one day to find a child that s not yours just hanging out This is exactly what happens to Tessa and it s all the painful as her children have passed away, I swear this poor woman has been put through the wringer I felt so awful for her, even when I wasn t entirely sure if she was a totally reliable narrator I really don t want to dive too deep into the plot because this is one hell of a tangled and twisted tale but I loved the way Boland created tension here, it was that awesome kind of mounting intensity and the scenes where Tessa was alone in her house while the press was waiting outside like a pack of vultures were so nailbitingly good Tessa is relentless in her pursuit for the truth even when it seems like everyone around her thinks she s crazy and clinging to the past and for the life of me I couldn t decide if she was in fact sane or not This was an excellent psychological thriller filled with uneasiness, doubt and a huge pack of lies, I loved it flag 35 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Nov 28, 2017 Barbara rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves women of mystery 2017 Landscape architect Tessa Markham has been touched by tragedy What should have brought great joy giving birth to fraternal twins turned out to have sad consequences Her daughter Lily died at birth and her son Sam died three years later from acute lymphoblastic leukemia Shortly after Sam s death Tessa kidnapped an infant in a pram, and when apprehended claimed she found the baby unattended and was taking him to the police station The story seemed sketchy but Tessa was known to be gr Landscape architect Tessa Markham has been touched by tragedy What should have brought great joy giving birth to fraternal twins turned out to have sad consequences Her daughter Lily died at birth and her son Sam died three years later from acute lymphoblastic leukemia Shortly after Sam s death Tessa kidnapped an infant in a pram, and when apprehended claimed she found the baby unattended and was taking him to the police station The story seemed sketchy but Tessa was known to be grief stricken and clinincally depressed, so no charges were filed.Now, a couple of years later, Tessa is separated from her husband Scott, working at Villa Moretti Garden Center , and living alone So it s a shock when Tessa returns home one afternoon to find a little boy who says his name is Harry in her kitchen Harry is calmly coloring pictures and says that Tessa is his new mummy Not wanting to face the police on her own, Tessa calls her estranged husband Scott who immediately insinuates she snatched the child Unfortunately the police have a similar reaction, and Tessa teeters on the edge of being charged with abduction while the cops investigate.Tessa s nosy neighbor Carly is a freelance journalist, and it doesn t take long for articles to appear online, with the headline Did Tessa Markham abduct a five year old boy From here on, Tessa s life becomes a nightmare Packs of journalists camp outside her home and workplace, and she can t put a foot outdoors without being chased by reporters and snapped by photographers The newspeople harass Scott as well, and he blames his wife for all the trouble.Wanting to clear her name Tessa decides to launch her own investigation to learn how Harry came to be in her house To say about the plot would be a spoiler.The book is billed as a psychological thriller, but in truth there s not much suspense Most readers will probably work out the secret about Harry well before it s revealed in the story Thus, interest in the book must be maintained by the characters, some of whom are compelling and believable than others Tessa is an engaging protagonist, consumed by grief yet trying to get on with her life She enjoys tending the plants at work though it s a far cry from landscape architecture and dreams of reconciling with Scott Tessa is a loner, but gets on well with her boss Ben Moretti who runs Villa Moretti s garden store and caf For his part, Ben is a nice guy with a soft spot for Tessa He provides her with coffee and cinnamon danish or wine and lasagna on occasion, and is always there when Tessa needs a hand Ben s the hero of the book Tessa s husband Scott is an unsympathetic charactera complete asshole He s disdainful of Tessa s concerns, suggests she s mentally disturbed, and refuses to believe a word she says When Tessa practically begs him to hear her out, he refuses He s a totally unlikable person That said, I don t find Scott to be a credible character Even an estranged husband wouldn t be that dismissive of his wifecially when she s going through such a trauma.The journalist Carly Dean is annoying and intrusive, so she s quite realistic Some of Carly s behavior, though, is outright illegal and there should be consequences IMO.Other secondary characters add interest to the story, and keep the action moving.I was disappointed with the mystery, which is easy to figure outwith no major suprises Also, one plot point is not satisfactorily resolved Tessa repeatedly tries to discover why Harry s dad waited four days to report the child missing, but she never gets the answer And I want to know In the end, I found this novel unsatisfying However, I m in the minority and many people love the book So, if you find the premise intriguing, you might want to read the story and judge for yourself Thanks to Netgalley, the author Shalini Boland and the publisher Bookouture for a copy of the book.You can follow my reviews at flag 31 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jul 28, 2018 Lisa rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves psychological thrillers Tessa Markham is a grieving mother who visits the graves of her twins to cope with her loss, she returns home to find a little boy in her kitchen asking ARE YOU MY MUMMY this sends shockwaves through her she rings Scott her ex husband tells him to come home quicke police turn up at Tessa s accuse her of taking the boy, Tessa vehemently denies this Scott who is now living a new life with Ellie who is expecting their first baby Scott thinks she is delusional manic , t Tessa Markham is a grieving mother who visits the graves of her twins to cope with her loss, she returns home to find a little boy in her kitchen asking ARE YOU MY MUMMY this sends shockwaves through her she rings Scott her ex husband tells him to come home quicke police turn up at Tessa s accuse her of taking the boy, Tessa vehemently denies this Scott who is now living a new life with Ellie who is expecting their first baby Scott thinks she is delusional manic , tells her to see a therapist, Tessa s rage consumes her as Scott does not believe her, so Now with the help of Ben Moretti Carly a journalist they try find out the truth Tessa s innocence.Its when she remembers something about the twins birth the premise really sends your head in a spin, there were so many twists turns it did my head in, thought I d picked out the protagonist but once again Ms Boland takes you in another direction THOUGHTSI absolutely loved every minute of this the pacing was right up there, loved all characters the author plotted a well crafted Psychological thriller that will keep you turning the pages I could not put this down.I have already bought The Silent Sister NO am not reading it now but bought it for a later date, recommended for Psychological fans 5 brilliant Stars flag 26 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Nov 27, 2017 Lil Owl rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves mystery crime suspense thriller, psychological suspense thriller, stand alone, uk author setting, owl s kindle own read Tessa Markham comes home to find a little boy in her kitchen He looks up as I enter the room, his chocolate brown eyes wide We stare at one another for a moment Are you my mummy the little boy asks I bite my bottom lip, feel the ground shift I grasp the counter top to steady myself Hello, I say, my heart suddenly swelling Hello And who might you be You know I m Harry, Tessa tries to remain calm while she gently asks Harry questions about how he came to be in her kitchen, H Tessa Markham comes home to find a little boy in her kitchen He looks up as I enter the room, his chocolate brown eyes wide We stare at one another for a moment Are you my mummy the little boy asks I bite my bottom lip, feel the ground shift I grasp the counter top to steady myself Hello, I say, my heart suddenly swelling Hello And who might you be You know I m Harry, Tessa tries to remain calm while she gently asks Harry questions about how he came to be in her kitchen, Harry insists that he didn t run away and he s not lost She tries again And who did you come with I ask The angel I think I must have misheard him Who The angel brought me here She told me that you re my mummy The angel He nods Harry, darling, what s your mummy s name You re my new mummy I have to stay here now Questions swirl around with the growing panic in Tessa s mind Because he s not mine I don t have a child Not any Tessa knows she must call the police but she s dreading doing so She knows what will happen The suspicions and accusations of kidnapping The whispers and sideway looks She won t be believed Not after what happened before Now Tessa is on her own as she tries to prove she s not only innocent of taking Harry, but she s not lost her mind, either Or has she This is my first book by Shalini Boland and it won t be my last From the very beginning I found myself unable to put it down The characters are well done and I found myself rooting for Tessa while despising her husband and others like him The story is certainly feasible and moves along at a quick pace with lots of action There are plenty of twists that made me feel as if I were in Tessa s place, constantly questioning who could be trusted I felt like I was in Tessa s mind as the tiny clues state clicking slowly into place and the realization of the truth begins to come together The twist at the end was brilliant Overall The Secret Mother is a great novel that I definitely recommend flag 24 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 18, 2017 Book Addict Shaun rated it it was ok review of another edition I m conflicted about how I felt about this one As a psychological thriller it fell flat because there was little to no suspense, I can t imagine there s a reader who will pick this up and not work out the plot before the halfway mark and if there is then they mustn t read many psychological thrillers Even from the opening scenes it was kind of obvious what might have happened, but I was surprised at just how obvious it was as the story progressed Character wise I actually felt like the book w I m conflicted about how I felt about this one As a psychological thriller it fell flat because there was little to no suspense, I can t imagine there s a reader who will pick this up and not work out the plot before the halfway mark and if there is then they mustn t read many psychological thrillers Even from the opening scenes it was kind of obvious what might have happened, but I was surprised at just how obvious it was as the story progressed Character wise I actually felt like the book was very strong in terms of our main character Tessa Her disbelief at finding a child in her home and then her shock at the police and seemingly everybody around her assuming that she stole the child was palpable The journey that she goes on for answers though is full of so many plot holes I lost count of them It all just became a bit of a cliche and whilst I can t go into detail about why, I was annoyed that the basis was there for a really strong story and we had a great character in Tess, but those around her were just so predictable The ex who refuses to believe her The typical reaction from members of the public The news hungry journalist And her knight in shining armour boss It was all just very much a typical thriller but without the thrill and with nothing original to set it apart from others in the genre Having said all that I did have this read in just over a day and I enjoyed reading it and wanted to read on At times the writing was strong and because I mostly liked Tess and knew what was going to happen I wanted to get to that point I didn t want the time I d spent reading this book so far to be wasted Witnessing everyone being horrible to her, seeing the pain and confusion that she was in made me want to read on and reach the end I am glad that I did, but of course can only rate a book in terms of the enjoyment I took from it and the thrills it provided as a psychological thriller and unfortunately they were few and far between I would not hesitate to pick up another book by Shalini Boland but wouldn t recommend this one to fans of psychological thrillers flag 24 likesLike see review May 08, 2018 Malia rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves mystery suspense, netgalley The Secret Mother is my second book by Boland, but it won t be my last She writes good characters and engaging, not too grim mysteries, which I have found engaging from start to finish in both cases Recommended Find reviews and bookish fun at to Netgalley for supplying me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 19 likesLike see review Nov 17, 2017 Angela Marsons rated it it was amazing review of another edition Well, I readokay devoured this book in about five hours straight Yes, I was only going to have an hour before I cooked tea but that plan was well and truly scuppered and it was Pot Noodles all round The opening chapter hooked me and reeled me straight in Where the hell had this kid come from and what was in Tessa s past Too many questions to be answered and ones I couldn t possibly ignore to cook The pace of this book was tremendous and tense I found Tessa to be authentic, believable an Well, I readokay devoured this book in about five hours straight Yes, I was only going to have an hour before I cooked tea but that plan was well and truly scuppered and it was Pot Noodles all round The opening chapter hooked me and reeled me straight in Where the hell had this kid come from and what was in Tessa s past Too many questions to be answered and ones I couldn t possibly ignore to cook The pace of this book was tremendous and tense I found Tessa to be authentic, believable and real, as were all the other characters and both lovely Ben and donkey brain Scott were drawn brilliantly I found this book to be a thrilling, exciting ride right up to the final twist which left me open mouthed Totally satisfying and highly recommended flag 18 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Nov 29, 2017 Linda Strong rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley 2017, read in 2017 Tessa Markham heads for home after a day of work and stopping by the cemetery to spend some time with her twin babies as she does every week.Much to her surprise, there is someone in her house and she lives alone Astonishingly she finds a young boy sitting at her table, drawing pictures Looking up, he says Are you my mummy.And so begins Tessa s descent into a nightmare She s being accused of kidnapping this boy Even though she vehemently denies it, the police know she s done it before Tessa Markham heads for home after a day of work and stopping by the cemetery to spend some time with her twin babies as she does every week.Much to her surprise, there is someone in her house and she lives alone Astonishingly she finds a young boy sitting at her table, drawing pictures Looking up, he says Are you my mummy.And so begins Tessa s descent into a nightmare She s being accused of kidnapping this boy Even though she vehemently denies it, the police know she s done it before, but there were no charges brought.Her estranged husband is living with his pregnant girlfriend they think she s still grieving the death of her children and won t believe her denies of taking this child Her friends won t believe her The police won t believe her The media is camped on her front door Tessa isn t sure who she can trust but she knows instinctively that something just isn t right And who is the woman who seems to be following Tessa Somebody is lying and finding the truth may be dangerous than she knows.This is a well written psychological thriller featuring credible characters The story line is good, even though a little predictable It s mysterious, but not suspenseful It s a fairly fast read and I would recommend it to anyone who likes this type of book.Many thanks to the author Bookouture Netgalley for the digital copy Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own flag 17 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 05, 2017 Eva rated it really liked it review of another edition 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 pace 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 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 flag 16 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jan 04, 2018 Diana rated it it was ok review of another edition 2 5 I usually give 5 stars to everything Shalini Boland, but this time the plot was quite previsible for me I mean, when we know that a certain someone worked in a certain place it was clear for me what all was about Before I was thinking that she was making us doubt of the sanity of the main character so as not to be clear if she had really abducted the child or not, and I was expecting some of her usual twists, so I was surprised when all turned to be so lineal Maybe it is because I was 2 5 I usually give 5 stars to everything Shalini Boland, but this time the plot was quite previsible for me I mean, when we know that a certain someone worked in a certain place it was clear for me what all was about Before I was thinking that she was making us doubt of the sanity of the main character so as not to be clear if she had really abducted the child or not, and I was expecting some of her usual twists, so I was surprised when all turned to be so lineal Maybe it is because I was expecting another kind of resolution, I don t know I also have to add that I was amazed by the gripping quality of the text, usual on Shalini s books, which makes you devour the book as it impossible to stop reading and how round were all the characters flag 16 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Nov 11, 2017 Joanna Park rated it it was amazing review of another edition Before reading The Secret Mother i felt in a bit of a reading slump I just couldn t motivate myself to do much reading Whether this was because of moving and a lot of other things happening I could t say but The Secret Mother helped me break this slump as I couldn t stop reading it I have to be honest, it wasn t one that grabbed me right from the start but the I read the intrigued I became as and odd things came to light I soon found that I was racing through the page Before reading The Secret Mother i felt in a bit of a reading slump I just couldn t motivate myself to do much reading Whether this was because of moving and a lot of other things happening I could t say but The Secret Mother helped me break this slump as I couldn t stop reading it I have to be honest, it wasn t one that grabbed me right from the start but the I read the intrigued I became as and odd things came to light I soon found that I was racing through the pages eager to find out and discover the secrets behind the little boys sudden appearance in Tessa s kitchen.The author does a brilliant job in slowly increasing the tension int he book, which was so intense at times I had to skip ahead to find out what was going to happen This made it hard to put down and I often found myself trying to sneak a few pages in.I felt a lot of empathy towards Tessa and her predicament Regular readers of my blog and my blogger friends will know that I also lost a child and therefore understood exactly how Tessa was feeling The author does a great job in describing the emotions and behaviour of a recently bereaved mother, so much so that I think I would recommend this book to others just so they could understand about how it feels to lose a child I felt that she was very misunderstood and that no one in her life, at the start of the book anyway, listened to her and let her get her point of view across I did find myself almost screaming at the book because of some of the things she does trying to discover the truth She seems quite a together lady sometimes but when it comes to discovering about the child she doesn t always think straight I think this is quite true to life as I remember being quite capable in some areas but going to pieces over very small things.I m not sure if it is pregnancy hormones but I seem to be reading about a lot of characters I d happily hit at the moment Ellie and Scott are another two that are so well describe that they made my blood boil I hate people who act like that and couldn t believe they weren t sympathetic towards her They were also very real characters as I have, unfortunately, met similar people in real life.The ending was brilliant and very unexpected I had a lot of theories in my head about what would happen and how it would end but none of them proved correct I love it when this happens and an author is able to keep me guessing until the end I also liked that the author included a chapter on what everyone s life was like a few months down the line as it was very interesting to see how it all turned out for each of the characters.This is the first book by Shalini Boland that I have read but it definitely won t be my last and I will look forward to reading from her in the future If you like perfectly plotted thrillers that make you think then you will love this book.Thank you to Kim Nash and Bookouture for giving me a copy of this book and for inviting me on the blog tour flag 14 likesLike see review View 1 comment Oct 17, 2017 Mandy White rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves net galley Such a fantastic book I read most of this in one night only stopping when I couldn t keep my eyes open any longer I got sucked up into the story and couldn t wait to find out what happened next I really felt for Tessa and hoped that everything wpuld turn out alright for her Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for a copy of this book to read and review flag 12 likesLike see review View 1 comment Oct 17, 2017 Shalini rated it it was amazing review of another edition A good author is one who writes a book with well etched characters, where the story and plot lines flow and generally the reader is left feeling happy A great author is the one who captures the reader s attention from first page, pulls the reader into the story, where each emotion of the character is felt and the book reads like a movie, each chapter is a scene of the movie And Shalini Boland is a great author Her book pulled me in from the first page and she took me on an intriguing journey A good author is one who writes a book with well etched characters, where the story and plot lines flow and generally the reader is left feeling happy A great author is the one who captures the reader s attention from first page, pulls the reader into the story, where each emotion of the character is felt and the book reads like a movie, each chapter is a scene of the movie And Shalini Boland is a great author Her book pulled me in from the first page and she took me on an intriguing journey I felt anger, sadness, grief, helplessness, loss, self doubt, the need to know the truth, every emotion that the main character, Tessa, felt The story is simple Tessa walks into her kitchen, there is a child there who asks her, are you my mummy And the story starts Who is the child, Harry Why does he say she is his mother Who has left him there in her home Is Tessa going mad, did she kidnap the child Will the police believe her Why does her ex want her to see a therapist What is the agenda of neighbour journalist Carly Will Tessa ever find the truth All these questions and are answered by the author, Shalini Boland, with her fabulous writing, fantastic story telling and a prose which flows seamlessly The book is non pretentious, does what it is supposed to, and brings suspense and thrill while reading I literally had goosebumps while reading the book And I still have a book hangover What I liked about the author s writing is she writes to the point, all that is needed to add to the story without being frivolous The book is a page turner from the beginning to the end, I read it in 3 hours flat Usually suspense thrillers start slow, take ages to build up then has a finale but this book takes no prisoners from the get go And there is not a moment where the pace slows, I love books like that which do not allow us to think but takes us on a whirlpool of events with full on suspense and thrill, an absolute roller coaster I think Ms Boland, you have done it with this book We have a winner on our hands This was my first book by her and I think both she and I now know that she has a fan in me.I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Bookouture and this is my honest and unbiased opinion flag 11 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 17, 2017 Heather Natureoksdffee rated it it was amazing review of another edition this book is a solid 5 I ve never read any of Shalinis books before and I was not disappointed I m not even kidding, I did not guess the ending I was on the edge of my seat through the whole book she s a very good writer I will most definitely be checking out of her books flag 11 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 14, 2017 Laura rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves four star I ve become a firm fan of Boland after thoroughly enjoying The Girl From The Sea, and her latest novel continues to impress and intrigue me Tessa is in her mid thirties and living a rather solitary existence after her marriage breakup and the death of her twin babies One Sunday afternoon, she returns home to find a young boy at her kitchen table and he claims she is his mother.What I liked about this book is that it wasn t too taxing, as some psychological reads can be Think of it as an int I ve become a firm fan of Boland after thoroughly enjoying The Girl From The Sea, and her latest novel continues to impress and intrigue me Tessa is in her mid thirties and living a rather solitary existence after her marriage breakup and the death of her twin babies One Sunday afternoon, she returns home to find a young boy at her kitchen table and he claims she is his mother.What I liked about this book is that it wasn t too taxing, as some psychological reads can be Think of it as an introduction to the genre The characters are well developed and I enjoy the authors original ideas Tessa s boss, Ben, is an utter cliche handsome, Italian, caring, lets her take long lunch breaks etcetera but nonetheless I did enjoy the storyline, and as ever, the author surprises her readers with how the mystery unravels.I hope Boland continues to write in this format I anticipate I ll be a dedicated reader of her books for some time flag 10 likesLike see review Jun 08, 2018 Jess rated it it was amazing review of another edition another great gripping psychological thriller the secret mother is twist with a drop of annoyance thrown in to keep you on your toes,It s not to heavy of read and is easy to just keep flipping pages flag 10 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Nov 11, 2017 Karen rated it really liked it review of another edition This beautiful little boy is calling me his mummy And yet I don t know him I ve never seen him before in my life Who is Harry, a boy who mysteriously appears in Tessa s kitchen, calling her mummy Although she reports the boy s appearance immediately, the police and Tessa s estranged husband Scott don t believe her and plant the seed that Tessa snatched the boy off the street The couple lost two young children several years before one at birth and one at the age of 3 and Scott thinks Tess This beautiful little boy is calling me his mummy And yet I don t know him I ve never seen him before in my life Who is Harry, a boy who mysteriously appears in Tessa s kitchen, calling her mummy Although she reports the boy s appearance immediately, the police and Tessa s estranged husband Scott don t believe her and plant the seed that Tessa snatched the boy off the street The couple lost two young children several years before one at birth and one at the age of 3 and Scott thinks Tessa is still psychologically unstable enough from their devastating loss to commit this criminal act Tessa starts to believe he is right So am I The story was riveting as unexpected developments and additional characters meld into the story It kept my wheels turning and speculating At 75%, I finally figured things out and I became frustrated with the na vet of the characters who couldn t seem to connect the dots All was forgiven, however, when I was rewarded with a satisfying reveal I m glad I was along for the ride and able to resist the temptation to flip to the end to get to the truth A very suspenseful and twisty thriller The kindle version of book is currently on sale for only 99 cents flag 9 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 15, 2017 Philomena Callan Cheekypee rated it it was amazing review of another edition This is a fantastic read Apart from stopping to feed the family I pretty much read this in one sitting Tessas whole life changes when she gets home one day and finds a little boy in her house He s calling her mummy but Tessa knows her kids are no longer alive He says that an angel left him there Things get worse when the police and even her ex husband doubt her Then Tessa starts doubting herself Well if your told something enough you may believe it.This story is a gripping read Is Tessa This is a fantastic read Apart from stopping to feed the family I pretty much read this in one sitting Tessas whole life changes when she gets home one day and finds a little boy in her house He s calling her mummy but Tessa knows her kids are no longer alive He says that an angel left him there Things get worse when the police and even her ex husband doubt her Then Tessa starts doubting herself Well if your told something enough you may believe it.This story is a gripping read Is Tessa losing it Her husband thinks she s having a breakdown and doesn t believe anything she says Her neighbour is a journalist and wants a story Who can she trust Can Tessa overcome the obstacles to find out the truth I cannot believe this is my first read by this author After reading this gem I know it won t be the last If your looking for a really well written thrilling read then I highly recommend you 1 click this now flag 9 likesLike see review View 1 comment Apr 21, 2018 J o d i B i b l i o p h i l e rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves thriller, favourite 2018 read WHAT A FUCKING BOOK I absolutely loved it from the very first page to the very last.A great twist I didn t see coming that left me clutching my chest with shock and tears in my eyes.I don t get to read books set in England very much so it s always a lovely change to spend time with English characters and familiar places.This is the second book I ve read by this author and I can so imagine them both being on the TV, like maybe a BBC drama series A proper twisty, suspense and heart felt read tha WHAT A FUCKING BOOK I absolutely loved it from the very first page to the very last.A great twist I didn t see coming that left me clutching my chest with shock and tears in my eyes.I don t get to read books set in England very much so it s always a lovely change to spend time with English characters and familiar places.This is the second book I ve read by this author and I can so imagine them both being on the TV, like maybe a BBC drama series A proper twisty, suspense and heart felt read that I just couldn t put down LOVED IT, LOVED IT, LOVED IT flag 9 likesLike see review Jun 06, 2018 Chloe rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley When Tessa arrives home after visiting her kids graves she finds a little kid Henry in her kitchen asking her Are you my mummy The cops and her ex husband accuse her of kidnapping the boy and soon the media is camped out her front door making her life impossible Tessa knows she has to get to the bottom of this mystery to clear her name but that might prove to be too dangerous as somebody is following and watching her.The Secret Mother is a well written psychological thriller with very well When Tessa arrives home after visiting her kids graves she finds a little kid Henry in her kitchen asking her Are you my mummy The cops and her ex husband accuse her of kidnapping the boy and soon the media is camped out her front door making her life impossible Tessa knows she has to get to the bottom of this mystery to clear her name but that might prove to be too dangerous as somebody is following and watching her.The Secret Mother is a well written psychological thriller with very well developed characters especially Tessa Even though I guessed early on where the book was going it was an entertaining fast read.I would like to thank Bookouture NetGalley for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest and fair review.This and reviews at flag 8 likesLike see review Jan 01, 2018 Joanne Robertson rated it it was amazing review of another edition I can t believe that I ve never read a Shalini Boland novel before I absolutely loved this book and read it from cover to cover in just under 2 hours whilst out having a pre Christmas coffee I m pretty sure I gasped out loud at one point as all the fast paced twists and turns gathered even momentum And I know my jaw definitely dropped firmly to the floor at that shocking moment when everything came together, finally hitting me full on with the truth about why and how that little boy cam I can t believe that I ve never read a Shalini Boland novel before I absolutely loved this book and read it from cover to cover in just under 2 hours whilst out having a pre Christmas coffee I m pretty sure I gasped out loud at one point as all the fast paced twists and turns gathered even momentum And I know my jaw definitely dropped firmly to the floor at that shocking moment when everything came together, finally hitting me full on with the truth about why and how that little boy came to be in Tessa s kitchen I loved Tessa and could feel her pain and distress radiating off the page as she tried to hide herself away, struggling to cope with the tragedies life had thrown at her And I wanted to punch her husband for being such an unsupportive, selfish and dismissive idiot God that man wound me up This fast paced and shockingly addictive page turner held my attention perfectly, keeping me guessing until that final twist was laid bare and giving me chills that I hadn t expected whilst leaving me an emotional snotty mess Absolutely loved it and Shalini Boland now has another huge fan flag 9 likesLike see review Oct 16, 2017 Dani Touch My Spine Book Reviews rated it it was amazing review of another edition I want to thank NetGalley and Bookouture for providing me with an e ARC in exchange for a honest review I appreciate this opportunity.Title The Secret Mother Author Shalini Boland Publication Date 11 9 2017Page Count 241 PagesSynopsis Tessa is a seperated and grieving mother After the deaths of her two children and her seperation she focuses on work to cope with her grief After Tessa gets home from work she comes home to a little boy in her kitchen The little boy is just sitting there c I want to thank NetGalley and Bookouture for providing me with an e ARC in exchange for a honest review I appreciate this opportunity.Title The Secret Mother Author Shalini Boland Publication Date 11 9 2017Page Count 241 PagesSynopsis Tessa is a seperated and grieving mother After the deaths of her two children and her seperation she focuses on work to cope with her grief After Tessa gets home from work she comes home to a little boy in her kitchen The little boy is just sitting there coloring and asks Are you my Mummy Feeling overwhelmed with the grief of her children and this unknown child in her house, she calls her husband Scott Even though they are seperated he agrees to come over and see what is going on Tessa is flooded with emotions but after Scott arives and calls the police things get worse Even though Tessa reported the incident to the police and is cleared, everyone seems to believe because she is a grieving mother that she abuducted the child The reporters stalk her house and work She feels like she s going mad All these emotions and all these things turned on her is making her emotions go into overdrive When Tessa finds out that she may be connected to this child s father, she must find out what s going on Why was this child left in her home and calling her Mummy Is Tessa just a delusional and grieving mother Did she abduct the child Will anyone take her serious Read Secret Mother to find out Review I give this book 5 out of 5 suspenful stars Wow, I was on the edge of my seat with the suspense from this book I felt Tessa s emotions and my heart rate quickened as I read through this enthralling thriller 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 If you are searching for a great suspense I recommend The Secret Mother by Shalini Boland flag 8 likesLike see review View 2 comments previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Deadly Divas Book Lets Talk Spoilers 29 95 Apr 23, 2018 11 34PM Deadly Divas Book Whos reading The Secret Mother 37 103 Apr 20, 2018 08 03AM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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        Hello I write suspense thrillers and dark adventures, and I live in Dorset, England with my husband, two children and our dog I only write reviews for books I enjoy Be the first to hear about my NEW THRILLER RELEASES here Join up to get FREE eBOOK DEALS here Now available THE BEST FRIEND a chilling psychological thrillerTHE GI Hello I write suspense thrillers and dark adventures, and I live in Dorset, England with my husband, two children and our dog I only write reviews for books I enjoy Be the first to hear about my NEW THRILLER RELEASES here Join up to get FREE eBOOK DEALS here Now available THE BEST FRIEND a chilling psychological thrillerTHE GIRL FROM THE SEA a gripping psychological thrillerThe OUTSIDE SERIES a twisty post apocalyptic adventureThe MARCHWOOD VAMPIRE SERIES an epic supernatural adventureA SHIRTFUL OF FROGS


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    1. 4.5 stars Tessa Markham has just finished visiting the cemetery at the graves of her two twins She visits them a lot, to try to get over her grieving One twin dies at birth and the other dies a few days later When she comes home, she sees a little boy in her kitchen, and he asks her, Are you my Mummy Tessa lives alone She no longer has any children She then calls her ex husband and he comes over and calls the police She then becomes a suspect of abducting the child She has to prove her 4.5 stars [...]


    2. 4.5 Stars rounded up Brilliantly Done.Could you imagine coming home and finding someone in your kitchen Would your reaction change if that someone were an innocent little boy who asks Are you my mummy I sure can t One day however, that s exactly what happens to Tessa Markham who comes home to find a little boy named Harry sitting in her kitchen She has no idea who he is or how he got there.Once she calls the police however, they think she kidnapped him Her past, you see, it s a colorful 4.5 Star [...]


    3. Whew I haven t read a book in one sitting in awhile This one was devoured before bed when I only planned to get through about 25% of it It certainly keeps you reading I definitely should have heeded the warnings from several reviews of this book written by friends don t start unless you have time to finish I had time, I just got way less sleep than I should have There s never really a good time to stop, this story takes no breaks.This is the fourth book I ve read from Shalini Boland, and Whew I [...]


    4. Beware of this book It will take you hostage from the first word to the lastyou can forget about your to do list, this gripping read will make itself a priority above all else When Tessa, who lives alone, arrives home after visiting the graves of her twin children, she is shocked to discover a little boy in her kitchen, asking her are you my mummy Who is this child and how did he manage to get into her house Upon contacting the police, Tessa soon comes under suspicion of child abductio Beware of [...]


    5. Oh yes, yes yes yes yes, this was my kind of read, I really have taken this and added it to my top 10 this year, its a screaming from the rooftops fantastic read, if you love a good thriller, if you love to guess what happens next, 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.This is so fast paced it leaves your breathless One of the best psychological thrillers that I have read that has sho O [...]


    6. Tessa Markham has been living alone since she and her husband had split up after the loss of their son When Tessa arrives home from work one night to what should be an empty house only to find a little boy in her kitchen she has no clue what she should do When the little boy ask Tessa if she is to be his new mother Tessa knows she must find out just who this boy is and where he s come from Once the police arrive at Tessa s home she finds herself answering their questions over and over again Tess [...]


    7. When Tess Markham arrives home after visiting the graves of her twins, she finds a little boy in her kitchen who asks her are you my Mummy She does not know the child and she has no idea how he got into her house After contacting the police, Tessa comes under suspicion of snatching the boy She has to fight to prove her innocence but even the people closest to her are questioning the truth.It took me a while to see where this story was going but it did not spoil the book for me as it is an e When [...]


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