The Secret Mother – Shalini Boland

‘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.

My Review: This is the second book I have read by this author and once again I was instantly gripped from the start.

The Secret Mother is a superb psychological thriller told entirely through the main character Tessa Markham. A grieving woman, separated from her husband and trying to cope with the tragic death of her child when she returns home one afternoon from the cemetery to find a young boy in her kitchen asking “Are you my mummy?”.

And so begins the sad and heartbreaking tale of who this young boy is, why he has appeared in her kitchen and is Tessa responsible for abducting him as the press and police start to investigate.

The emotions Tessa experienced were so plausible that as a mother it was painful to read at times. Her loss and grief were so raw and her ex-husband couldn’t be less supportive if he tried.

This was a real page turner for me, I had absolutely no idea where the story was going and was left shocked by the reveal at the end.

A thoroughly fantastic book which I personally found hard to put down.

About the Author: Shalini Boland is the bestselling author of psychological thrillers ‘THE GIRL FROM THE SEA’ (reached No 1 in the US Audible charts), ‘THE BEST FRIEND’ (No 2 in the US Audible charts), ‘THE MILLIONAIRE’S WIFE’, ‘THE SECRET MOTHER’ (No 4 in the US Kindle charts).

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Shalini 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).

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