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 anymore.

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.

4 stars****

I can’t say enough about this book. I actually had previously not finished a book by this author and was unsure how much I would enjoy her writing a second time around. Shalini Boland nailed this I don’t think anyone could have written it better. I am glad I didn’t pass over this book and that just goes to show you not to judge a book by it’s cover (or anything else).

You spend so much time wondering about Tessa’s mental state and how could a child get into her house if she didn’t help him get in. If you habitually walk off with other people’s children why would anyone think the truth could be otherwise. This book is every person’s nightmare brought to life. You are either the kidnapper or you are running the risk of losing your child. Either everyone believes you are delusional or you spend all your time not believing others.

Most of this book I consumed being suspicious of everyone and everything, from Tessa to her neighbors and ex husband, Scott. While at the same to feeling horrible for Tessa and Scott as details slowly unfolded of all the ways they suffered loss as a couple. There are so many emotions and side stories going on here that you feel completely drawn in. None of the characters seem one dimensional and everyone has additional backstories. This could almost become a series all on its own. You want to see what brought everything together.

This is a book I will never forget reading and I will be looking to see more in the future from Shalini Boland.

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