The Bad Mother

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That’s what he wants you to think...

A good mother doesn’t forget things.

A good mother isn’t a danger to herself.

A good mother isn’t a danger to her baby.

You want to be the good mother you dreamed you could be.

But you’re not. You’re the bad mother you were destined to become.

At least, that what he wants you to believe...

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About the author

Amanda Brooke lives in Liverpool with her daughter, Jessica, a cat called Spider and a dog called Mouse, and a laptop within easy reach. Her debut novel, Yesterday’s Sun, was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick.

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Publisher
HarperCollins
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Published on
Dec 14, 2017
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Pages
416
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ISBN
9780008219161
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Family Life / General
Fiction / General
Fiction / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
Fiction / Women
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