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The Secret Mother

Narrated by: Katie Villa
Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (283 ratings)

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Summary

"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 pause-resisting psychological thriller with a twist that will make you wonder if you can ever trust anyone again. If you loved Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, and The Sister this book will have you hooked. 

©2017 Shalini Boland (P)2017 Bookouture

Critic reviews

Absolutely addictive and brilliant with an end I didn't see coming. This is one book you have to read and it gets 5 huge stars from me!!!!Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Wow, wow, wow! What a fantastic book! The book starts with a bang… from page one and believe me, it doesn’t let up throughout the book and keeps you gripped until the very end!Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

Oh yes, yes, yes, yes this was my kind of read, I really have taken this and added it to my top 10 this year, it’s a screaming from the rooftops fantastic read, if you love a good thriller… if you love to stay up all night reading because you simply can't switch your mind off from a book, this is it, you found it, don't look any further… so fast paced it leaves your breathless. One of the best psychological thrillers that I have read that has shocked me, left me dribbling for me and wanting more from this author.’ Read Along With Sue, 5 stars

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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.

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brilliant

fabulous, on edge of seat story. well written well read. highly recomended this brilliant book

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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!

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A sort of feel good book

I say this because it is and it isn’t. You sort of know what’s going to happen, but you don’t if that makes sense.

I enjoyed this book even though parts of it made me really annoyed with certain people. And I sort of knew how it would end but there was a twist or two, which I always like.

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good read

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

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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.

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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

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Outstandingly good read

The best read in a very long time . The narrator was incredible , such read with such emotion when . Truly a must read

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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

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  • 02-01-18

Brilliant Read

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A good story with excellent narration.
Some suspense thrillers introduce a lot of unnecessary characters whose purpose is purely to divert the readers attention/suspicion. They add nothing to the story and can be irritating. The Secret Mother doesn’t do this.
I fully empathised with Tessa and couldn’t wait to have her plight resolved.

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  • susan
  • 17-01-18

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

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  • Mystical Lady
  • 13-04-18

Another WOW

This author is amazing! Both of her books took hold of me right from the start. I highly recommend this book. I don't want to give anything away but I can guarantee that you won't be disappointed. 10+ stars 😀😀😀😀

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  • Ashley graham
  • 25-04-18

beautifully written

I didn't want it to end,but the ending was perfect. nail biter for sure. love!

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  • Jenn
  • 08-11-17

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.

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  • Ella
  • 27-12-18

This was the best book of the Year!!<br />Love it!

Everybody read. I could not put it down. You will Love it ! Twist and turns.

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  • YOANKA
  • 13-06-18

Will grip you from the very beginning! Excellent story line! A must Listen

Not many books grip me from the very beginning. This one had an excellent story line with a great narrator! And the end will blow you away! Great book! Totally recommend it!

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  • JenniferLOVESThrillers
  • 04-05-18

Mystery Loves Do Not Like Loose Ends

This story had potential BUT there were parts of the plot that were never addressed. I found this to be quite lazy and amateur style writing.

Also the main plot was WAY too easy to figure out. So overall, this book wasn’t much of a mystery and the main character was pretty clueless. I figured things out way earlier than the actual main character did and that is why I’m giving this one a low score.

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  • Jolene
  • 30-06-19

Another Shalini Boland ‘WOW’

I LOVE her books. An incredible writer & fabulous narrator too. Full of suspense right to the end!

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  • Camille
  • 23-06-19

Simply Breathtaking

Loved each turn and twist in this suspenseful read. A real page turner for sure!

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  • Cosette C.
  • 13-05-19

Great Read

I loved listening to this book. the Narrator is wonderful and the story is amazing. I really enjoyed trying to figure out what was going on and what had happened. This book kept me guessing and kept my interest from beginning till end.

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