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The Secret Mother By Shalini Boland The Secret Mother 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 any She doesn t know who the little boy is or how he got t

  • Title: The Secret Mother
  • Author: Shalini Boland
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  • Page: 484
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  • The Secret Mother By Shalini Boland 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 any.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 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 any.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 ownTessa 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 dangerous than Tessa realises An absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller with a twist that will make you wonder if you can ever trust anyone again.
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    1. Mary Beth on said:

      4.5 stars Tessa Markham has just finished visiting the cemetery at the graves of her two twins She visits them a lot, to try to get over her grieving One twin dies at birth and the other dies a few days later When she comes home, she sees a little boy in her kitchen, and he asks her, Are you my Mummy Tessa lives alone She no longer has any children She then calls her ex husband and he comes over and calls the police She then becomes a suspect of abducting the child She has to prove her innocence [...]

    2. Susanne Strong on said:

      4.5 Stars rounded up Brilliantly Done.Could you imagine coming home and finding someone in your kitchen Would your reaction change if that someone were an innocent little boy who asks Are you my mummy I sure can t One day however, that s exactly what happens to Tessa Markham who comes home to find a little boy named Harry sitting in her kitchen She has no idea who he is or how he got there.Once she calls the police however, they think she kidnapped him Her past, you see, it s a colorful one and [...]

    3. Hajar Benmazhar on said:

      But he s wrong The past isn t over It s catching up This book should come with a warning because once you get into it, you wouldn t be able to get out I came home from the cemetery and found a little boy called Harry in my kitchen Yes That s what happened Isn t it When the narrator herself isn t sure of what she did or did not, this is where the fun begins I guess it s a possibility, but I just don t know who to trust Me too, sister It was quite hard for me to trust any of the characters at firs [...]

    4. Sarah Joint on said:

      Whew I haven t read a book in one sitting in awhile This one was devoured before bed when I only planned to get through about 25% of it It certainly keeps you reading I definitely should have heeded the warnings from several reviews of this book written by friends don t start unless you have time to finish I had time, I just got way less sleep than I should have There s never really a good time to stop, this story takes no breaks.This is the fourth book I ve read from Shalini Boland, and I think [...]

    5. BIBLIOMANIAC MJ on said:

      Beware of this book It will take you hostage from the first word to the lastyou can forget about your to do list, this gripping read will make itself a priority above all else When Tessa, who lives alone, arrives home after visiting the graves of her twin children, she is shocked to discover a little boy in her kitchen, asking her are you my mummy Who is this child and how did he manage to get into her house Upon contacting the police, Tessa soon comes under suspicion of child abduction When eve [...]

    6. ReadAlong With Sue on said:

      Oh yes, yes yes yes yes, this was my kind of read, I really have taken this and added it to my top 10 this year, its a screaming from the rooftops fantastic read, if you love a good thriller, if you love to guess what happens next, 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.This is so fast paced it leaves your breathless One of the best psychological thrillers that I have read that has shock [...]

    7. Carrie on said:

      Tessa Markham has been living alone since she and her husband had split up after the loss of their son When Tessa arrives home from work one night to what should be an empty house only to find a little boy in her kitchen she has no clue what she should do When the little boy ask Tessa if she is to be his new mother Tessa knows she must find out just who this boy is and where he s come from Once the police arrive at Tessa s home she finds herself answering their questions over and over again No o [...]

    8. Pauline on said:

      The secret Mother by Shalini Bolton was a excellent psychological thriller I was hooked from the very first page until the last page I really liked the character of Tessa and I did not want to put the book down and read it in one day I will be looking forward to reading books from this author I would like to thank NetGalley and Bookouture for my e copy in exchange for an honest review.

    9. Louise Wilson on said:

      When Tess Markham arrives home after visiting the graves of her twins, she finds a little boy in her kitchen who asks her are you my Mummy She does not know the child and she has no idea how he got into her house After contacting the police, Tessa comes under suspicion of snatching the boy She has to fight to prove her innocence but even the people closest to her are questioning the truth.It took me a while to see where this story was going but it did not spoil the book for me as it is an edge o [...]

    10. Amy on said:

      4.5 5I think it s becoming and difficult to come up with a premise that instantly hooks the reader these days, especially in a psychological thriller but The Secret Mother instantaneously hooked me from the moment I finished the first chapter Can you even imagine coming home one day to find a child that s not yours just hanging out This is exactly what happens to Tessa and it s all the painful as her children have passed away, I swear this poor woman has been put through the wringer I felt so [...]

    11. Barbara on said:

      Landscape architect Tessa Markham has been touched by tragedy What should have brought great joy giving birth to fraternal twins turned out to have sad consequences Her daughter Lily died at birth and her son Sam died three years later from acute lymphoblastic leukemia Shortly after Sam s death Tessa kidnapped an infant in a pram, and when apprehended claimed she found the baby unattended and was taking him to the police station The story seemed sketchy but Tessa was known to be grief stricken a [...]

    12. Linda Strong on said:

      Tessa Markham heads for home after a day of work and stopping by the cemetery to spend some time with her twin babies as she does every week.Much to her surprise, there is someone in her house and she lives alone Astonishingly she finds a young boy sitting at her table, drawing pictures Looking up, he says Are you my mummy.And so begins Tessa s descent into a nightmare She s being accused of kidnapping this boy Even though she vehemently denies it, the police know she s done it before, but there [...]

    13. Eva on said:

      Tessa returns home after visiting her children s graves at the cemetery, only to find a little boy in her kitchen asking her if she is his mummy Tessa has no idea where the child came from or how he even got into her house When she contacts the police, she s quickly suspected of child abduction and even those close to her don t believe her version of events.Make sure you have a free afternoon when you start reading this one because you won t want to put it down It s a very gripping, fast paced a [...]

    14. Angela Marsons on said:

      Well, I readokay devoured this book in about five hours straight Yes, I was only going to have an hour before I cooked tea but that plan was well and truly scuppered and it was Pot Noodles all round The opening chapter hooked me and reeled me straight in Where the hell had this kid come from and what was in Tessa s past Too many questions to be answered and ones I couldn t possibly ignore to cook The pace of this book was tremendous and tense I found Tessa to be authentic, believable and real, a [...]

    15. Joanna Park on said:

      Before reading The Secret Mother i felt in a bit of a reading slump I just couldn t motivate myself to do much reading Whether this was because of moving and a lot of other things happening I could t say but The Secret Mother helped me break this slump as I couldn t stop reading it I have to be honest, it wasn t one that grabbed me right from the start but the I read the intrigued I became as and odd things came to light I soon found that I was racing through the pages eager to find out and [...]

    16. Book Addict Shaun on said:

      I m conflicted about how I felt about this one As a psychological thriller it fell flat because there was little to no suspense, I can t imagine there s a reader who will pick this up and not work out the plot before the halfway mark and if there is then they mustn t read many psychological thrillers Even from the opening scenes it was kind of obvious what might have happened, but I was surprised at just how obvious it was as the story progressed Character wise I actually felt like the book was [...]

    17. Mandy White on said:

      Such a fantastic book I read most of this in one night only stopping when I couldn t keep my eyes open any longer I got sucked up into the story and couldn t wait to find out what happened next I really felt for Tessa and hoped that everything wpuld turn out alright for her Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for a copy of this book to read and review

    18. Diana on said:

      2 5 I usually give 5 stars to everything Shalini Boland, but this time the plot was quite previsible for me I mean, when we know that a certain someone worked in a certain place it was clear for me what all was about Before I was thinking that she was making us doubt of the sanity of the main character so as not to be clear if she had really abducted the child or not, and I was expecting some of her usual twists, so I was surprised when all turned to be so lineal Maybe it is because I was expect [...]

    19. Li'l Owl on said:

      Tessa Markham comes home to find a little boy in her kitchen.He looks up as I enter the room, his chocolate brown eyes wide We stare at one another for a moment Are you my mummy the little boy asks I bite my bottom lip, feel the ground shift I grasp the counter top to steady myself Hello, I say, my heart suddenly swelling Hello And who might you be You know I m Harry, Tessa tries to remain calm while she gently asks Harry questions about how he came to be in her kitchen, Harry insists that he d [...]

    20. Laura on said:

      I ve become a firm fan of Boland after thoroughly enjoying The Girl From The Sea, and her latest novel continues to impress and intrigue me Tessa is in her mid thirties and living a rather solitary existence after her marriage breakup and the death of her twin babies One Sunday afternoon, she returns home to find a young boy at her kitchen table and he claims she is his mother.What I liked about this book is that it wasn t too taxing, as some psychological reads can be Think of it as an introduc [...]

    21. Karen on said:

      This beautiful little boy is calling me his mummy And yet I don t know him I ve never seen him before in my life Who is Harry, a boy who mysteriously appears in Tessa s kitchen, calling her mummy Although she reports the boy s appearance immediately, the police and Tessa s estranged husband Scott don t believe her and plant the seed that Tessa snatched the boy off the street The couple lost two young children several years before one at birth and one at the age of 3 and Scott thinks Tessa is sti [...]

    22. Shalini on said:

      A good author is one who writes a book with well etched characters, where the story and plot lines flow and generally the reader is left feeling happy A great author is the one who captures the reader s attention from first page, pulls the reader into the story, where each emotion of the character is felt and the book reads like a movie, each chapter is a scene of the movie And Shalini Boland is a great author Her book pulled me in from the first page and she took me on an intriguing journey I f [...]

    23. Philomena Callan Cheekypee on said:

      This is a fantastic read Apart from stopping to feed the family I pretty much read this in one sitting Tessas whole life changes when she gets home one day and finds a little boy in her house He s calling her mummy but Tessa knows her kids are no longer alive He says that an angel left him there Things get worse when the police and even her ex husband doubt her Then Tessa starts doubting herself Well if your told something enough you may believe it.This story is a gripping read Is Tessa losing i [...]

    24. Claire Wilson on said:

      When Tessa returns home from tending the grave of her children, the last thing she expects is to come home to find a young child in her home and calling her mummy Tessa turns to her estranged husband and the Police, but quickly becomes the main suspect of child abduction After all, she s done it before Good read with good premise 3 stars

    25. Stacey Camp on said:

      4 Stars In practice, my mind is fragile Anything out of my carefully constructed routine could tip me over the edge, and I don t quite trust myself with this kind of change I don t know if I ever will The end of the semester is always crazy for professors and students alike, and this semester is no different for me So when a book keeps me up at night that means I must really, really like it, which was the case for Shalini Boland s The Secret Mother I read it in less than 24 hours because I could [...]

    26. ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆ on said:

      I want to thank NetGalley and Bookouture for providing me with an e ARC in exchange for a honest review I appreciate this opportunity.Title The Secret Mother Author Shalini Boland Publication Date 11 9 2017Page Count 241 PagesSynopsis Tessa is a seperated and grieving mother After the deaths of her two children and her seperation she focuses on work to cope with her grief After Tessa gets home from work she comes home to a little boy in her kitchen The little boy is just sitting there coloring a [...]

    27. Denise on said:

      Tessa Markham comes home one evening to find a strange 5 year old boy in her north London terraced house Harry is sitting at the table drawing a picture of a woman and a little boy standing next to a train It s you and me, he says I drew it for you because you re my mummy Tessa has no children any longer her little boy and girl lie in the cemetery When she calls the police, it sets off a flurry of publicity and suspicions that she has abducted the child become unhinged The police return Harry to [...]

    28. Renita D'Silva on said:

      I absolutely loved this amazing book So thrilling and fast paced So many twists that I did not see coming Love this author s writing style Original and amazing a truly stunning tale One of the best psychological thrillers I have read Cannot wait for by this superb author

    29. Sarah Denzil on said:

      Tessa Markham comes home one day to find Harry, a five year old boy with a sweet nature, sitting in her kitchen How did he get there And why does he think Tessa is his mummy Shalini Boland is an expert at making the reader feel uncomfortable, and that s exactly how I felt as Tessa is accused of abducting Harry, pulling her into a media circus that fragile Tessa struggles to deal with Unable to even trust the main character, The Secret Mother is utterly gripping to the last page and full of twist [...]

    30. Heather~ on said:

      this book is a solid 5 I ve never read any of Shalinis books before and I was not disappointed I m not even kidding, I did not guess the ending I was on the edge of my seat through the whole book she s a very good writer I will most definitely be checking out of her books.

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