The Secret Mother: A gripping psychological thriller that will have you hooked

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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

'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 unputdownable 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.

What readers are saying about The Secret Mother:

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

Wow, wow and wow! What a read! Gripping from start to end and a very clever plot that keeps you guessing all the way. I loved this book ... didn’t want it to finish.’ Nicki’s Book Blog, 5 stars

Utterly gripping to the last page and full of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. A fantastic thriller!' Sarah A. Denzil, author of #1 bestseller Silent Child

Another five-star winner from this author… Kept me gripped from the very first page… An absolute must read… Wish I could have given it more than just 5 stars!’ Bookseller Review, 5 stars

I was on the edge of my seat… This has to be one of the most suspenseful books I have ever read! I felt the hairs on the back of my neck go up and my heart raced a mile a minute.’ Touch My Spine, 5 stars

An absolutely brilliant story, I was so hooked, loved every minute of it, I couldn't put my kindle down as I needed to know the ending, and what a brilliant ending it was!!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Wow! What a thrilling ride! Enough twists to keep me guessing until the very end, this one took the idea of a curve-ball and brought it to a whole new level. The end was incredible. I've read some fantastic psychological thrillers lately, but The Secret Mother blew them all out of the water. Really, honestly, pick up this one.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘When a book captures you from the very first page and doesn't let go to the very last, you read it in one sitting as you can't put it down and then feel very satisfied when you have finished it then you know it is a special book. This is one of those books! ... I totally recommend. 5 big shiny stars.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Absolutely loved this amazing book! ... One of the best psychological thrillers I have read!’ Renita D’Silva, 5 stars

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Publisher
Bookouture
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Published on
Nov 9, 2017
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Pages
244
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ISBN
9781786813176
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Crime
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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‘WOW... captivating... I could not put it down… worth more than 5 stars and has to be one of the best psychological thrillers I have read so far.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Don’t take my baby.’

Kirstie Rawlings is jolted awake by a child crying. Racing upstairs to check on her new-born, she is plunged into every parents’ worst nightmare. She hears an unknown voice in the baby monitor, saying: ‘Let’s take the child – and go.’

Is someone trying to steal her little girl?

In the bedroom, her daughter is safe asleep in her cot. Is the voice coming from a nearby house? But there aren’t any other children living on her quiet country road…

The police don't believe her. And neither does her husband.

Kirstie knows something isn’t right. She thought she could trust her neighbours, now she isn’t sure.As she unravels the secrets of the people living on her street, Kirstie’s perfect life begins to fall apart.

Because someone is hiding a terrible lie. And they will do anything to stop Kirstie uncovering the truth. But is the danger closer to home than she thinks?

From the top ten bestselling author of The Secret Mother, this completely gripping psychological thriller will make you wonder what really goes on behind closed doors. And will keep you guessing from the first page until the final shocking twist.

What readers are saying about The Child Next Door:

‘OMG. What a phenomenal book! I read this book in 24 hours because I could not put it down.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Gripping, exciting… it had me hooked immediately and didn’t let up until the epilogue, which I guarantee will make you gasp and shiver. LOVED this book. 5 stars.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Wow! This book was intense from the start… the ending blew me away… shocking, mind blowing, creepy and intense… the sort of book that you can't put down… I loved this book, I lapped up every page, it definitely deserves 5 stars. It's a cracking read!’ Bonnie’s Book Talk, 5 stars

‘OMG!!! The story grabbed me from the first chapter, and instantly set my teeth on edge! Don’t forget to read to the very last word though because that ending… WOW, completely unexpected!!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

‘What a book! I predict this will be one of the top reads for 2018… a page-turner with a surprise ending I did not see coming.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘A gripping psychological thriller that leaves you never knowing who to trust from one minute to the next… You won't rest until you get to the end!’ Thoughts From Irene, 5 stars

‘Has you hooked from the very first page and literally doesn't let you go... Starts with a bang and every mother's worst nightmare…’ It’s All About Books, 5 stars

‘OMG that ending did NOT expect that. It blew me away. I had been tossed all over the place trying to figure out what was going on… ending had me gasping loudly. I was still thinking of it when I awoke this morning.’ Read Along With Sue, 5 stars

‘BOOM, my whole evening just disappeared! There is literally so many twists and turns towards the end. It was brilliant! I loved every minute of it…The Child Next Door is without a doubt a page turner of a read that will have you gripped.’ By the Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars

‘Thrilling, intense. Readers of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl will love Shalini Boland.’ Red Adept

‘Absolutely loved this, easily 5 stars from me… shocked me right up to the last page!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘I am struggling to put into words exactly how good this book is… downright chilling… I truly can't wait for her next one!! I have no doubt that this will be in my top reads of 2017! 5 MASSIVE stars.’ Goodreads reviewer

‘Gave me goosebumps, made my heart race and my blood run cold… it is pure genius… A very easy five stars from me, I'd give it more if I could.’ Goodreads reviewer

‘Wow! What a book!... So many twists, none of which I saw coming!... One of the best thrillers I have read!’ Renita D’Silva

Christopher would never hurt anyone. Not intentionally. Even after everything that’s happened I still believe that...

Christopher Harris is a lonely boy. A boy who has never fitted in to his family. Who has always felt something was missing from his life. 

Until one day, when he discovers a suitcase in his family’s attic. Inside the suitcase is a letter. Inside the letter is a secret about his mother that changes everything.

What price would you pay for the perfect family? 

Christopher finally has a chance at happiness. A happiness that he will do anything to protect… 

An unputdownable thriller about the lies we tell and the secrets we keep, Mother will hold you breathless until the very last page and leave you reeling. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, The Sister and Apple Tree Yard.

What readers are saying about Mother:


‘I absolutely loved this book… the story was pure genius.’ ANGELA MARSONS #1 bestselling author of Silent Scream

‘S.E. Lynes has the ability to create a dark, looming suspense with absolute finesse – subtle, but chilling. It creeps up on you until you find yourself devouring the pages.’ Novels and Teacups

‘I finished Mother yesterday evening and am still reeling… I was hooked from the start… I can't wait to see what S.E. Lynes has in store next!’ Goodreads reviewer

‘Has you holding your breath and gasping with shock at every new revelation… 5 stars from me, but I would give more if possible!!’ Goodreads reviewer 

'Utterly gripping.’ Ignite Books

‘The twists and turns of the story! This is a book packed with “didn’t see that coming” moments.’ In the Reading Corner

‘The ending took me completely by surprise and kind of summed up the whole book with a loud “WOW” as I read the last word… exciting, dark, fast paced and thrilling.’ Goodreads reviewer 

‘Mother ticked every single box for me… it had the perfect mix of spine-chilling intrigue, suspense and unease… I found myself completely consumed by this book.’ Chapter in My Life

‘You need to read this book… creepy and unpredictable, you definitely have to experience it for yourself… truly a dark, twisted, addictive psychological thriller.’ A Haven for Book Lovers

‘Oh this book! What an emotional rollercoaster ride it is… a deliciously dark, unsettling and clever read.’ Brew and Books Review

‘Amazingly gripping… I loved it.’ Postcard Reviews

You made a promise to your sister. It could destroy your daughter.

 

The Daughter 


15-year-old Rosie lies in hospital fighting for her life. She’s trying to tell her mother what happened to her, but she can’t speak the words out loud. 

The Mother


Toni is a doting and over-protective mother, terrified for her daughter’s life. Having lost her husband in a tragic accident, Toni has dedicated her life to keeping Rosie safe from harm. She needs to know what secrets Rosie has been keeping, and how she ended up in a hospital bed – but Toni has a secret of her own…

The Pact


Thirty years ago, Toni and her sister Bridget made each other a promise: never to speak of their childhood; to protect each other without asking for help from others, no matter what…

 

But in order to save Rosie, Toni may have to break her lifelong promise to her sister… and open doors to her past she hoped would remain closed forever. 

 

The Pact is a chilling psychological thriller about the lies we will tell to save our children. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, Apple Tree Yard and The Sister.

 

What readers are saying about The Pact:

 

'Wow, wow, wow... I absolutely devoured this book. An absolute must read.' Into the Reading Corner


'Oh my! So many twists and turns in this book! I couldn’t stop reading just waiting to see what’s next! Then, oh my goodness, I didn’t see that coming! I literally couldn’t put it down... Exhilarating!' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'S.E. Lynes has become one of my must-read authors... Clear your diary and settle down with The Pact; once you start there's no stopping. Another belter of a book!' Bibliophile Book Club, 5 stars

'WOW I can't stop thinking about The Pact. The author grabbed my attention at the very beginning and brilliantly kept me on the edge of my seat as I tried to figure out what was going on... I would definitely read more from S.E. Lynes and recommend The Pact to anyone who loves a good psychological thriller. Five out of five stars.' Lady J's Bookish Nook 

'A thrilling read, this book has twists and turns galore and I devoured it in one sitting!' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'A brilliant, beautiful book which leaves the reader simultaneously shattered and full of hope… Perfection.' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'Full of tension and shocks. The twists and turns were fired out like a salvo of ammunition and what happened was truly terrible and unthinkable... I loved the fast paced storytelling, the wonderfully crafted characters and the cleverly plotted all action, all guns blazing story. Lovers of modern psychological thrillers will lap up this novel.' Goodreads reviewer

 

‘An unnerving psychological thriller… had me on the very edge of my seat, whilst holding my duvet up covering one eye from the horrors I was reading, but at the same time not able to turn the pages quick enough.’ The Glass House, 5 stars

 

‘I found myself turning faster and faster as I had to find out what was going on… One brilliant book.’ Nicki’s Book Blog, 5 stars

 

‘I didn't want to put it down and by 80% I was knocking it back like tequila… pure genius… I will be shouting it's praise from the rooftops for a long time to come.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Wow! Another amazing, unputdownable, brilliantly written, fast paced and page turning story… One of the best thrillers I have read from an author to watch. Brilliant. Unforgettable.’ Renita D’Silva, 5 stars

‘Full of twists and turns... deliciously creepy thriller which sent chills down my back... kept me hooked right to the very last word!' Stardust Book Reviews, 5 star

 

‘You don't deserve a sister…’

 

Lizzy Beresford is at home alone when she hears a strange noise. Running downstairs to check, she discovers a disturbing letter addressed to her.

 

But who sent it?

 

As Lizzy receives more unsettling messages, she begins to doubt those closest to her – her boyfriend, her neighbours, her friends. Because the mystery sender seems to know everything about her.

 

And they want to destroy her perfect life.

 

Desperate for answers, Lizzy reaches out to her sister, Emma. She used to be her best friend. But they haven’t spoken in years…

 

Surrounded by secrets and lies, Lizzy doesn’t know if she should trust her sister. Is the truth more shocking than Lizzy ever imagined?

 

From the bestselling author of The Secret Mother and The Child Next Door, this absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller will keep you reading late into the night. If you loved Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and The Sister, this book is for you.

 

Why readers are gripped by The Silent Sister:

 

‘Loved it, I literally could not put it down… finished in less than 24 hours, it draws you in from the very first chapter… WOW did not see that end coming whatsoever!!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Wow! What a read!… superb twists… this book is a MUST read… The entire story has you guessing and in suspense.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘A suspenseful and thrilling read that had me hooked and turning those pages. A deliciously dark and twisted read. Shalini Boland is without a doubt the queen of twists.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Talk about a twisty, addictive read!... the twists kept surprising me over and over… A very intense page-turner that deserves five stars.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘An outstanding book full of twists, unexpected turns and leaving you wanting… was immediately hooked… I loved reading it.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Wow… a fast-paced psychological thriller with twists and turns around every corner… what a fantastic ending, I never guessed....’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘What a beaut! Absolutely loved this… So many twists, suspects and red herrings kept me turning the pages… Fantastic.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘There is no way you are going to be able to guess how this ends… a couple of really big twists at the end that I highly doubt you are going to see coming. 5 stars from me!!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘A thrilling, tension filled read that had me flying through the pages… A 'must read' if you enjoy thrillers.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Fabulous… I was blown away by the ending. I did not see it coming.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘WOW... captivating... I could not put it down… worth more than 5 stars and has to be one of the best psychological thrillers I have read so far.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Don’t take my baby.’

Kirstie Rawlings is jolted awake by a child crying. Racing upstairs to check on her new-born, she is plunged into every parents’ worst nightmare. She hears an unknown voice in the baby monitor, saying: ‘Let’s take the child – and go.’

Is someone trying to steal her little girl?

In the bedroom, her daughter is safe asleep in her cot. Is the voice coming from a nearby house? But there aren’t any other children living on her quiet country road…

The police don't believe her. And neither does her husband.

Kirstie knows something isn’t right. She thought she could trust her neighbours, now she isn’t sure.As she unravels the secrets of the people living on her street, Kirstie’s perfect life begins to fall apart.

Because someone is hiding a terrible lie. And they will do anything to stop Kirstie uncovering the truth. But is the danger closer to home than she thinks?

From the top ten bestselling author of The Secret Mother, this completely gripping psychological thriller will make you wonder what really goes on behind closed doors. And will keep you guessing from the first page until the final shocking twist.

What readers are saying about The Child Next Door:

‘OMG. What a phenomenal book! I read this book in 24 hours because I could not put it down.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Gripping, exciting… it had me hooked immediately and didn’t let up until the epilogue, which I guarantee will make you gasp and shiver. LOVED this book. 5 stars.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Wow! This book was intense from the start… the ending blew me away… shocking, mind blowing, creepy and intense… the sort of book that you can't put down… I loved this book, I lapped up every page, it definitely deserves 5 stars. It's a cracking read!’ Bonnie’s Book Talk, 5 stars

‘OMG!!! The story grabbed me from the first chapter, and instantly set my teeth on edge! Don’t forget to read to the very last word though because that ending… WOW, completely unexpected!!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

‘What a book! I predict this will be one of the top reads for 2018… a page-turner with a surprise ending I did not see coming.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘A gripping psychological thriller that leaves you never knowing who to trust from one minute to the next… You won't rest until you get to the end!’ Thoughts From Irene, 5 stars

‘Has you hooked from the very first page and literally doesn't let you go... Starts with a bang and every mother's worst nightmare…’ It’s All About Books, 5 stars

‘OMG that ending did NOT expect that. It blew me away. I had been tossed all over the place trying to figure out what was going on… ending had me gasping loudly. I was still thinking of it when I awoke this morning.’ Read Along With Sue, 5 stars

‘BOOM, my whole evening just disappeared! There is literally so many twists and turns towards the end. It was brilliant! I loved every minute of it…The Child Next Door is without a doubt a page turner of a read that will have you gripped.’ By the Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars

‘Thrilling, intense. Readers of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl will love Shalini Boland.’ Red Adept

‘Absolutely loved this, easily 5 stars from me… shocked me right up to the last page!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Full of twists and turns... deliciously creepy thriller which sent chills down my back... kept me hooked right to the very last word!' Stardust Book Reviews, 5 star

 

‘You don't deserve a sister…’

 

Lizzy Beresford is at home alone when she hears a strange noise. Running downstairs to check, she discovers a disturbing letter addressed to her.

 

But who sent it?

 

As Lizzy receives more unsettling messages, she begins to doubt those closest to her – her boyfriend, her neighbours, her friends. Because the mystery sender seems to know everything about her.

 

And they want to destroy her perfect life.

 

Desperate for answers, Lizzy reaches out to her sister, Emma. She used to be her best friend. But they haven’t spoken in years…

 

Surrounded by secrets and lies, Lizzy doesn’t know if she should trust her sister. Is the truth more shocking than Lizzy ever imagined?

 

From the bestselling author of The Secret Mother and The Child Next Door, this absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller will keep you reading late into the night. If you loved Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and The Sister, this book is for you.

 

Why readers are gripped by The Silent Sister:

 

‘Loved it, I literally could not put it down… finished in less than 24 hours, it draws you in from the very first chapter… WOW did not see that end coming whatsoever!!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Wow! What a read!… superb twists… this book is a MUST read… The entire story has you guessing and in suspense.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘A suspenseful and thrilling read that had me hooked and turning those pages. A deliciously dark and twisted read. Shalini Boland is without a doubt the queen of twists.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Talk about a twisty, addictive read!... the twists kept surprising me over and over… A very intense page-turner that deserves five stars.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘An outstanding book full of twists, unexpected turns and leaving you wanting… was immediately hooked… I loved reading it.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Wow… a fast-paced psychological thriller with twists and turns around every corner… what a fantastic ending, I never guessed....’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘What a beaut! Absolutely loved this… So many twists, suspects and red herrings kept me turning the pages… Fantastic.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘There is no way you are going to be able to guess how this ends… a couple of really big twists at the end that I highly doubt you are going to see coming. 5 stars from me!!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘A thrilling, tension filled read that had me flying through the pages… A 'must read' if you enjoy thrillers.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Fabulous… I was blown away by the ending. I did not see it coming.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

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