Your husband took his own life. Tell the truth and destroy what is left of your family. Or keep a secret that will tear you apart. What would you do?
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?
©2016 Kelly Rimmer (P)2016 Bookouture
Words are difficult to express how I feel right at this moment. Such a beautifully written yet heart breaking read. A thought provoking book that touched my heart - silent tears rolled down my cheeks as I listened to the reality that was Olivia and Zoe's lives. A must read for every woman - a book that'll make you thankful for the lives we live, or a book that may just give you strength to live better lives for yourselves. Thank you so much @bookouture and Kelly Rimmer for this beautiful book.
I'm surprised that other readers found the much heralded twist a surprise - there were enough clues! I think this,would have made a good story if it was about half as long - far too.laboured for me.
I love family sagas, like discovering different authors and escaping in a story, prefer listening while I do all the boring chores!
brilliantly written, characters you grow to like, dislike and understand.
excellent unexpected twist to the end of the story.
so pleased that I chose to give an in known author a listen. will definitely be looking for more of her books.
Great story, moves along brilliantly.
Seb - the glue in the background that holds the story together.
Olivia. Well read and she is the main character, I believe.
If I had been able to. I spent far too long listening to it when I should have been sleeping!
The only comment I have is that I thought the intonation of the reader's voice when reading the character of Ivy was a little annoying. The Australian accent and the attempt at "posh" was irrating, but did not detract from the overall experience.
"Seeing what we want to see."
Four stars for a book of surprises. And the biggest surprise is saved for the end of the book. My heart and soul ached while reading A Mother's Confession, realizing I know people who are so similar to each of the characters. I found that scary while fearing there were times I should have spoken up. Seems each main character had good and bad traits, and I found myself understanding why. I recommend this book for almost everyone.
"best audible book since girl on a train"
I loved this book, the narration was beautiful! story was engrossing! with a twist I did not see coming. best book I've listened to.
"Much Better Than Expected"
This story and narration were excellent! Never imagined the twist at the end. Although the story did move a little slow, I really enjoyed Brigid Lohrey's performance of each character, and the story unfolded in a way that held my attention and interest. Also, was quite interesting to see the multiple ways that some of the characters used denial as a coping mechanism. The twists did not feel contrived and were well integrated into the story. Emotionally gripping. Sad story, yet shows hope for the future. Don't give up. Hang in there, because you won't be sorry.
"Ending I Never Saw Coming"
The twist of the story surprised me. the narration at times was very whiney and annoying, but also very appropriate to the character being portrayed. I think the narration really contributed to a character in really did not like.
"Wow! Just wow!"
This book really hit home. I was involved in an abusive relationship, though no where as severe as this one. I could really relate to the struggles to try to make sense of a relationship that continued to go wrong regardless of what you did. I will listen to this one again, and probably again. Should I suspect someone is in an abusive relationship, I will give them this book. Excellent story and excellent narrator. Thanks, Audible!
"Highly recommend this book"
I reluctantly listened to this book. it was hard not getting angry at the wife for not leaving this relationship but the anger quickly turned to sympathy as the mother in laws character came out. I could not quit listening. Nobody knows the reasons why a person stays in an abusive relationship, or why a person becomes so abusive. Fear for her and everybody she loved was her reason and for good reason.
"You will never guess the end!"
I loved the Austrailian accents! The voices were great and you could tell all the characters from one another. The story is fantastic. Has to be told. I cried a lot. And DO NOT DRIVE while listening when you get to around chapters 34, 35 and 36. There is a part that will blow your mind and I had to pull off the road to calm myself down! I just loved the ending. It was a happier ending and I can't help but think, what happens to these characters next? I was really enthralled by the book. Excellent!
The voices were so good!
I have to say toward the end around chapter 34 to 38 it was very moving!
"A Mother and/or Woman's Worst Nightmare"
Would you listen to A Mother's Confession again? Why?
No, but I don't listen to books more than one time, so no direct reflection of this book.
Any additional comments?
This book touched my heart in a very personal way as when I was in high school I was in an abusive relationship that reminded me very much of what olivia went through, but I am very thankful I was able to get out before it was too late. Unfortunately for Olivia, she paid a price much too high. Her husband killed himself along with her daughter.
Olivia is not able to cope and for a large portion of the book she is in denial that her child has passed away, so she is carrying a bear around thinking it is her child even going as far as searching out daycares for her baby so she is able to return to work.
There is one twist that I won't tell you about, but it's a good one!
"Very moving and relatable "
I loved it, big characters and great narration, I couldn't stop listening. There is an interesting twist at the end.
"I am always fooled by this kind of story"
I was loving this sad story. Getting lost in the tragedy is always a sign that I will enjoy the book. I was fooled by the suicide. At first I thought it had to be a natural death, then did she do it? Then, it was just a dream, before the end I knew it was real and meant to hurt her. I didn't see the truth until the very very end. I am very gullible though. This is a heartbreaking story in a very abusive marriage. He learned from his father, She hid the truth because she was ashamed and embarrassed. In the end the torn edges will eventually be cleaned up.
Not one of my favorite books, but not a waste of time.
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