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Summary

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

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A beautiful, yet heart breaking read

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Not what i expected....

Read the other reviews and thought I'd give it a go. Ploughed through, not really seeing why the raves reviews, BUT then i got it and some. What a book. I was planning to go out this morning but still too upset and moved to leave the house. Brilliantly performed and a horribly tragic story. Just use your credit. Go on. And brace yourself.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Very Moving

Seldom does a work of fiction move me to tears but this one certainly succeeded. It took a while for me to comprehend the true tragedy
of the story, so stick with it and have the hankies to hand !

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Stay with it, especially if you've suffered abuse

I chose this because I've read her other books and I know she looks deeply and knowledgeably into the subject, plus I've suffered abuse and studied it myself.
I agree with other reviews, it does feel like it drones on a bit, but stay with it, all the detail is necessary , it's a cracking story.

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worth a listen

took a while to get used to the narrator but once you get used to her the story itself is very good

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A great read

A very well paced read with a tragic twist revealed near the end. I was sad to finish it.

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I did finish it, but it was an ordeal...

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.



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good story loved the twist

great storyline with an unexpected twist, leaves you thinking what would i do and how would i cope. only bad point is the narrator's voice

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Loved it

Very very gripping and a really book.
I couldn't stop listening and then didn't want it to end.

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  • laatkins
  • WOKINGHAM, United Kingdom
  • 01-02-17

absolutely loved it!

brilliantly written, characters you grow to like, dislike and understand.
excellent unexpected twist to the end of the story.
Very insightful.
so pleased that I chose to give an in known author a listen. will definitely be looking for more of her books.

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  • Ray Chanley
  • 21-12-16

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.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • M. Ryder
  • 30-01-17

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.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Marianne
  • 31-03-17

Warning!!

Do NOT read the review titled "A Mother and/or Woman's Worst Nightmare"!!! She gives away the whole book, and even the twist at the end!!

That being said, I loved this book!! Loved, Loved Loved!!! I fell in love with some characters, and absolutely despised others! keeps you guessing!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Jf13
  • 11-02-17

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Linda G. Strickland
  • 27-12-16

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!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Debbie Pearce
  • 04-05-17

Great story

Great story but the narrator was horrible. Had to force myself to continue listening. After the first few chapters the book grips you so you want to get to the end. But, the narrator is almost unbearable.

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  • Christie D. Nielsen
  • 26-12-17

quirky book

This Was a good listen although it could have done with a little more editing. post of it seemed to drag and I think we were able to understand the personality of the lead character from the third or fourth chapter. However That being said, be in for a surprise ending that you will never see coming!!

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  • Gordon
  • 11-03-17

Good story, could have been a couple of hours shorter

I liked the story, the characters, the twist... just seemed to drag a little bit. Would recommend still

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • JK907
  • 17-02-17

Bittersweet and Complete, not too Heartbreaking

This story was not as bittersweet and heart-wrenching as its described - in a good way. Yes, the story was not as heart-wrenching as its described - in a good way, it was more bittersweet as a whole, definitely strong, important moments of heartbreak but with realistic resolution. Sentiments of this book: difficulty of marriage, domestic abuse, familial sacrifice, self-preservation, loss and deceit and if I had to rename the book I would call it, The Mother's Realization or The Mother's Reality. This story is a combination of the two books "Who We were Before" By Leach Mercer and “Behind Closed Doors” By B. A. Paris in terms of certain aspects such as central issues.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • James R Terry, II
  • 16-02-17

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful