A Mother’s Secret

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Of course you trust your family...
But should you?

‘Dark, twisty and addictive. I couldn't put it down’ LISA JEWELL

On the outside, Maddie is a happy young mother, running a charity as well as a household. But inside, she’s exhausted. She knows she’s lucky to have to have a support network around her. Not just her loving husband, but her family and friends too.

But is Maddie putting her trust in the right people? Because when tragedy strikes, she is certain someone has hurt her child – and everyone is a suspect, including Maddie herself...

The characters in this book are about to discover that looks can be deceiving... because anyone is capable of terrible things. Even the most innocent. Even you.

Full of unexpected twists, this is perfect for fans of THE RUMOUR and THE MOTHER-IN-LAW.

’More chilling than GONE GIRL and twistier than THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, this emotional, raw, dark family drama keeps you guessing until the end’ JANE GREEN

‘Truly gripping: the opening is heart-breaking and it never lets up, all the way to a genuinely shocking denouement’ ALEX LAKE

Join the readers already obsessed with A Mother’s Secret:

‘A cross between Jodi Picoult and Gillian Flynn’ Netgalley Reviewer

‘An edge-of-your-seat-wondering-what-is-going-on great thriller!’ Netgalley Reviewer

‘Engrossing, thrilling, never guess the ending’ Netgalley Reviewer

‘Would I recommend it?....Oh yes, 100%’ Netgalley Reviewer

‘A gripping, intelligent plot; realistic and well-drawn characters; a difficult subject tackled extremely well’ Netgalley Reviewer

‘Wow, what a great read! Very well written, it goes between past and present of the characters but this flows so easy throughout the book, lots of twists to keep you page turning! A must read for all psychological thriller fans!’ Netgalley Reviewer

‘WOW! I could not put this down. The writing is superb. There was nothing I didn't enjoy’ Netgalley Reviewer

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About the author

Tess Stimson is the British author of ten novels, including top-ten bestseller The Adultery Club, and two non-fiction books, which between them have been translated into dozens of languages.

Her first "proper" job after graduating from St Hilda's College, Oxford (where she read English) was as a news trainee with ITN (Independent Television News). She reported and produced regional and world stories, travelling to hotspots and war-zones all over the globe.

In 2002, she was appointed Professor of Creative Writing at the University of South Florida and moved to the US. She now lives and works in Vermont with her husband, Erik, their three children, and (at the last count) two cats, three fish, one gerbil and a large number of bats in the attic.

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Publisher
HarperCollins UK
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Published on
Apr 18, 2019
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Pages
400
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ISBN
9780008328702
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Language
English
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Genres
Family & Relationships / Death, Grief, Bereavement
Fiction / Family Life / Marriage & Divorce
Fiction / Family Life / Siblings
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Noir
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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