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The Secret Mother Audiobook

The Secret Mother

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Publisher's Summary

"Are you my mummy?"

Tessa Markham comes 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 comes under suspicion for snatching the child. She must fight to prove her innocence. But how can she convince everyone she’s not guilty when even those closest to her are questioning the truth? And when Tessa doesn’t even trust herself...

©2017 Shalini Boland (P)2017 Bookouture

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    Carole UK 26/11/2017
    Carole UK 26/11/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "really great story. not predictable. gripping"

    I loved this book. couldn't put it down it was so gripping. The narrator was perfect.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kate 19/12/2017
    Kate 19/12/2017
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    "A good read!"

    I enjoyed this book - although it was a bit far-fetched at times! Nonetheless, I kept going so it can't have been too bad!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chrissie 28/11/2017
    Chrissie 28/11/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent"

    Another must read book. I couldn't put in down. Superbly narrated and brilliant storyline with a twist. Highly recommend.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    scatty 08/01/2018
    scatty 08/01/2018 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing"

    I had already guess the ending so far thought the book, which was beautifully written and beautifully narrated too,I would reccomennd this book to anyone,its a very emotional book and did i mention amazingly well written

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patreesha United Kingdom 24/02/2018
    Patreesha United Kingdom 24/02/2018 Member Since 2017
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    "A Wonderful Book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Mother the most enjoyable?

    I loved - okay not a great word to describe this book but I really enjoyed listening to every word and once again lucky I put it on the sleep timer.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything. It kept me guessing right the way through to the end. What did I like best? That I kept on guessing wrong and the ending was a real surprise - but a nice siurprise.


    What does Katie Villa bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Her intonations right through this book were really good and made a slight different. Sometimes I just like listening to books and this was one of them.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. In fact I did listen to it in one day. It was a really good book that kept me guessing right to the end. I disliked her husband more and more as he appeared in the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nina 26/01/2018
    Nina 26/01/2018 Member Since 2016
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    "good read"

    Enjoyed this book . defo worth a listen. although was easy to guess the outcome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kimmie Gosport 25/01/2018
    kimmie Gosport 25/01/2018 Member Since 2015
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    "Real twist great storyline "

    Loved the storyline had you thinking ‘what’s going on’ the ending was fantastic the little boy was so sweet

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    tracey burton 25/01/2018
    tracey burton 25/01/2018 Member Since 2017
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    "Secret mother"

    Fantastic book would tell my family and friends to read this I'm so glad things work out for her

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hayley London, United Kingdom 22/01/2018
    Hayley London, United Kingdom 22/01/2018 Member Since 2012
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    "Nice listen "

    I’m not a 100% sure of the genre however I really enjoyed this book, it was just a nice listen! I wouldn’t say it’s particularly challenging or has a lot of twists that are unexpected but I actually cared about the main character and it’s been a while since that has been the case in many books I’ve read lately.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. Anel Laurens London, UK 18/01/2018
    Mrs. Anel Laurens London, UK 18/01/2018 Member Since 2015
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    "Predictable ending but nice story "

    I enjoyed the story a lot - it was quite predictable but enjoyable to listen to

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • JK907
    Seattle, WA
    08/11/17
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    "Held my interest"

    This was one of the author’s better books - but not by much. There were certain events that were not very plausible. However, if the book was longer with more detail, character development, and backstory, it would’ve been significantly more believable. I maintained interest throughout, even though I predicted the outcome.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • susan
    17/01/18
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    "wonderfully entertaining book"

    I absolutely loved it. the story was fantastic. I could hardly wait to listen between chores. in fact I skipped some so I could curl up and listen again. and the narrator was amazing. I'm going to look for another book by these 2 brilliant women right now. Thank You!! Susan Straathof

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Debbie De
    Georgia
    19/11/17
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    "umm..."

    I am a fan of Shalini and I found this a little diffrent from Shalini Bolands other thrillers. When I saw this novel I immediately grabbed for it. I have listened and enjoyed the narration. I had a problem with the storyline it was good however it wasnt her best work.
    It felt a tad bit forced. I'll look forward to a much better thriller next time I'm sure of it.
    Official Review: DeAnn DeVille

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dana
    17/02/18
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    "It was..interesting "

    As others have said around the end of the book it is predictable. I can say that there were a few turns i didn’t see coming which is why I gave it 4 stars out of 5. I had a few predictions of what might be going on but it wasn’t confirmed until maybe 3 or 4 chapters to the end. I’m kind of over the woman with a shaky past so no one believes her theme. Overall, still enjoyable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mommietothree0
    Dallas,Tx
    03/02/18
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    "Everything I Wanted"

    I really like how this author wrote this book. There were so many surprising turns that It really held my attention. Also, unlike so many books these days, it actually had an ending. All the loose ends were tied up. You weren't left wondering what was happening. A good read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Courtney
    25/01/18
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    "What twist? Predicting this one was easy "

    Okay a quick little listen that did not make me say wow...in fact it was very predictable. I well written book...it could certainly happen but just not enough pizazz for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heather Anderson
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    21/01/18
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    "Pleasant surprise "

    I almost gave up on this one fairly early on. It seemed like the protagonist was going to be just another self-destructive female lead with no backbone. Wrong. Turns out to be a good plot and very likable characters. Well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • natasha osbourne
    14/01/18
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    "Pretty Good Read"

    I enjoyed this book and the narration, the suspense was just right! Will definitely check out this author again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SUSAN MURPHY
    30/12/17
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    "Guesses the plot from the beginning. Good story, but a cliche from others I’ve read. No “surprise ending “. Great reader!"

    A cliche from beginning to end, though masterfully read. I would rate the storyline unremarkable, due to others I’ve read with the same plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chardae Jones
    26/12/17
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    "Overall, a gripping story"

    While some points of the story were predictable, it was a thrilling well-written piece that kept your attention. A good read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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