A Mother's Confession: A heartbreaking story with a breathtaking twist

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Your husband took his own life. Tell the truth and destroy what’s 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?

From the bestselling author of The Secret Daughter and Me Without You comes another emotionally gripping and gut-wrenching read about love, loss and the strength of a mother’s love.

What everyone’s saying about Kelly Rimmer:

'A simply incredible book... gripping and moving this is going straight into my top ten reads of 2016' The Book Club

'I am blown away... I am simply just in awe of this storyMust Read Soon

'What a beautifully written book. Kelly Rimmer completely masters telling the same story from different time and character perspectives.' Big Sis Little Sis

'An emotional read that covers the full scale of human emotions... I do recommend that you have a box of hankies at the ready! Five stars.' Book Literati

'I loved this book... I would recommend this book to everyone but keep in mind that you are going to cry' Leander Library

‘This was a refreshingly different read which I would put in the same vein as Diane Chamberlain but this was even better than some of Diane's latest releases. This is no girl meets boy and falls in love read but rather a heartbreaking, beautifully written story based on true facts… a thought provoking, emotional story not to be missed.’ Shaz’s Book Blog

‘I adored this novel. Absolutely, 100% adored it. Kelly Rimmer is a beautiful writer… The Secret Daughter packed such an emotional, powerful punch, one that I don't think I've felt before that I'll always associate with her novels from now on.’ Becca’s Books

‘Kelly Rimmer did an amazing job of telling such a heartbreaking tale. This story had me laughing, crying and hugging my daughter a wee tighter. I loved this story!’ Steph and Chris Book Reviews

‘This book had me on an emotional rollercoaster from the first words… a story that will stay with you long after you have finished the book.’ Ask a Bookworm

‘This was such a moving story, convincingly told. It is almost as though you are reading a memoir rather than a novel… a really compelling read and would definitely recommend it.’ Portobello Book Blog

‘Full of deep raw emotion and had me hooked until the end.' That Thing She Reads

‘warmed my heart to the very core, and then tore it out and stomped all over it… an unforgettable tale that I couldn't recommend more.' Girls Love to Read 

‘I fell in love with this amazing book after the first sentence and would read it all over again. A wonderful mixture of emotions, real love, secrets, laughter and sadness.’ Sky’s Book Corner 

‘It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that made me ‘ugly cry.’ You know what I mean… big, fat tears rolling down your cheeks leaving you with eyes so puffy you look like you’ve had an allergic reaction…a heartbreaker of a book that has great characters and a gut-wrenching ending that left me feeling a weird mix of bereft and yet hopeful.’ Judging Covers 

Ratings and reviews

27 reviews
Linda Strong
November 1, 2016
Two women loved David. One was his wife who wanted nothing more than to love and be loved. The other was his mother. She was unhappy in her own marriage and made her son the only reason to go on living. When David kills himself, these two women grieved in different ways. This story is told in alternating chapters from these women. Olivia is the wife. She loved David until his dark side started showing. He was abusive and physically battered his wife. Somehow it was always her fault. And she felt shame. So she told no one the hell she was going through. Ivy is the mother. She spent her life controlling every aspect of her son's life. No one was ever going to be good enough for him. She told him time after time he should not let any woman control him ... he deserved better. She also knew of his dark side and did nothing .. except tell her son she deserved it. Both women keep David's dark side secret. For Olivia, it was shame and love for her infant daughter. For Ivy it was to protect her son's reputation. I read this book in one sitting.. actually not moving once I started. It drew me in and kept me captivated, although it was like peeking in someone's windows without permission. My emotions were all over the place. I cheered for the wife who was so determined to go on and be a good mother to her daughter. I watched her fight her own fears, day by day, one after the other. I hated the mother ... how could she see what was happening and do nothing except blame the wife? This is such an exceptionally well written story of love, hate, loss, and a mother's love. One of the best I've read this year. The author tells the story of domestic violence with a steady hand, leaving more to the imagination than spelled out in graphic scenes. There are a few twists and turns, and the ending will astound the reader. Highly recommended. Many, many thanks to the author / Bookouture / Netgalley who provided a digital copy. All opinions expressed are my own.
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A Google user
February 3, 2017
This book was an emotional rollercoaster, and I couldn't put it down. I didn't expect it to go the way it did, but I was so amazed at Olivia's journey of strength and survival. Also the support strangers gave her. This book is definitely worth reading. Domestic violence is a rough topic, but it's not simply about that. Courage and bravery and grief.
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December 27, 2018
I only made it to page 118 and I've decided not to finish the book. I don't know if David was born that way or he became what he was as a result of all that Ivy did for/to him. I applaud the steps Olivia has made so far but I'm disgusted reading Ivy's side and I don't want to read any more of their story. It's a well written book; it's also very distasteful. (Ivy let the puppy incident slide?! Unbelievable! I was nauseous.) I have no interest in whatever else happened to shape David so I'm going to find a happier book.
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