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The Wrong Mother | [Sophie Hannah]

The Wrong Mother

Sally Thorning is watching the news with her husband when she hears an unexpected name: Mark Bretherick. It’s a name she shouldn’t know, but last year Sally treated herself to a secret vacation—away from her hectic family life—and met a man. After their brief affair, the two planned to never meet again. But now, Mark’s wife and daughter are dead—and the safety of Sally’s own family is in doubt.
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Publisher's Summary

Sally Thorning is watching the news with her husband when she hears an unexpected name: Mark Bretherick. It’s a name she shouldn’t know, but last year Sally treated herself to a secret vacation—away from her hectic family life—and met a man. After their brief affair, the two planned to never meet again. But now, Mark’s wife and daughter are dead—and the safety of Sally’s own family is in doubt.

Sophie Hannah established herself as a new master of psychological suspense with her previous novel, Little Face. Now, with accomplished prose and a plot guaranteed to keep listeners guessing, The Wrong Mother is Hannah’s most captivating work yet.

©2010 Sophie Hannah (P)2010 Penguin

What the Critics Say

"Paced like a ticking time bomb with flawlessly distinct characterization, this is a fiercely fresh and un-put-downable read." (Publishers Weekly)

"Shockingly (and refreshingly) blunt riffs about the violent emotions of motherhood and the familial yearnings of men, along with chilling and darkly funny revelations about lust and loyalty, make this novel one of the season's most absorbing reads." (O Magazine)

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    Sharon Hood River, OR, United States 08-21-12
    Sharon Hood River, OR, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Loved and hated"

    Wow. Just finished this book...and let me say, the negatives notwithstanding, I read it pretty steadily all the way through. The pros: excellent writing, excellent narration, excellent pacing. The cons: *I disliked the main protaganist, Sally, from the beginning; none of her decisions/actions, from start to finish (the last one almost made me abandon the book) were logical or comprehensible, and therefore I disliked her. *There were 3 five-year-old girls involved, all of whom were extremely precocious, manipulative and unlikable, (has anyone read that old book "The Bad Seed"?) and it made me wonder what the author's experience with children has been -I've known lots of 5 year old girls, and only one met that criteria and she was much less accomplished). *It started to drag a littlle towards the end, like the author was spinning out the story to get the right number of words.
    Overall: very readable, and kept me tuned in right to the end, so it deserves 4 stars.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Toby Portsmouth, NH, United States 08-15-12
    Toby Portsmouth, NH, United States 08-15-12 Member Since 2010

    Anglophile. Prefer only British fiction and mysteries. Good translations of Italian, too.

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    "A cannot stop listening read"
    What made the experience of listening to The Wrong Mother the most enjoyable?

    That it was so very, very well-written and the suspense kept going and building until the very end. I read lots of British mysteries and this one kept me guessing throughout. Great detail and dialogue.


    What other book might you compare The Wrong Mother to and why?

    Perhaps a P.D. James or a Reginald Hill, but it is unique book and difficult to make a comparison accurately.


    What does Elizabeth Sastre bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is a brilliant narrator. I have already downloaded the next in the series. By the way, can you please get ALL of Hannah's novels? Three is not enough.


    If you could rename The Wrong Mother, what would you call it?

    the Dirty Secrets of Motherhood


    Any additional comments?

    As with any good mystery, the characters were believable and with human frailties. I look forward to more of Simon and crew. The British really know how to write a perfect mystery. I can't get enough.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Columbia, TN, United States 12-02-10
    John Columbia, TN, United States 12-02-10 Member Since 2009
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    "The Wrong Mother and a Confused Lisitener"

    The book started off with imagination grabbing interest. The plot really caught my interest. My problem was with the transitions. I found it difficult to know which character was speaking. If some editing could have been used to let the listener know who was speaking it would have helped me. I wish some of the characters had been more developed. I had to use my imagination to fill in some gaps. Maybe that is what the author intended, but it was distracting. The ending did wrap most things up, but was a paragraph or two of to much information for me. The narrator did a great job and was pleasant to listen to. I am null on a recommendation for this book. Please vote and let me know if this review helped.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    TERRI KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 02-17-11
    TERRI KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 02-17-11 Member Since 2009
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    "A LITTLE TOO "ENGLISH""

    I was distracted by the complete English"ness" of this book... It was OK, but not great. It didn't keep my interest well.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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