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Publisher's Summary

"Are you my mummy?"

Tessa Markham comes 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 comes under suspicion for snatching the child. She must fight to prove her innocence. But how can she convince everyone she’s not guilty when even those closest to her are questioning the truth? And when Tessa doesn’t even trust herself...

©2017 Shalini Boland (P)2017 Bookouture

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wonderfully entertaining book

I absolutely loved it. the story was fantastic. I could hardly wait to listen between chores. in fact I skipped some so I could curl up and listen again. and the narrator was amazing. I'm going to look for another book by these 2 brilliant women right now. Thank You!! Susan Straathof

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Held my interest

This was one of the author’s better books - but not by much. There were certain events that were not very plausible. However, if the book was longer with more detail, character development, and backstory, it would’ve been significantly more believable. I maintained interest throughout, even though I predicted the outcome.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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beautifully written

I didn't want it to end,but the ending was perfect. nail biter for sure. love!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Another WOW

This author is amazing! Both of her books took hold of me right from the start. I highly recommend this book. I don't want to give anything away but I can guarantee that you won't be disappointed. 10+ stars 😀😀😀😀

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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umm...

I am a fan of Shalini and I found this a little diffrent from Shalini Bolands other thrillers. When I saw this novel I immediately grabbed for it. I have listened and enjoyed the narration. I had a problem with the storyline it was good however it wasnt her best work.
It felt a tad bit forced. I'll look forward to a much better thriller next time I'm sure of it.
Official Review: DeAnn DeVille

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Quite Good

I passed over this one often but finally the good reviews convinced me to try it - glad I did. Altho not terribly original, it was still a good story. The narration was great once I got used to the accent.

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The Secret Mother

A well written and captivating book.
It keeps you interested and guessing what happens next. Overall a good read.
Narrator did an awesome job and made the book even more interesting.

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Mystery Loves Do Not Like Loose Ends

This story had potential BUT there were parts of the plot that were never addressed. I found this to be quite lazy and amateur style writing.

Also the main plot was WAY too easy to figure out. So overall, this book wasn’t much of a mystery and the main character was pretty clueless. I figured things out way earlier than the actual main character did and that is why I’m giving this one a low score.

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Interesting Read!

Kept me engaged to the end. I enjoyed this author. I will seek out some of her other books, too.

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Great Plot

I am a stickler for tying up loose ends. The plot was Wonderful and the story very suspenseful. Great job.

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  • Carole
  • 11-26-17

really great story. not predictable. gripping

I loved this book. couldn't put it down it was so gripping. The narrator was perfect.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Kate
  • 12-19-17

A good read!

I enjoyed this book - although it was a bit far-fetched at times! Nonetheless, I kept going so it can't have been too bad!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Chrissie
  • 11-28-17

Excellent

Another must read book. I couldn't put in down. Superbly narrated and brilliant storyline with a twist. Highly recommend.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Andrea Spencer
  • 03-05-18

brilliant

fabulous, on edge of seat story. well written well read. highly recomended this brilliant book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Patreesha
  • 02-24-18

A Wonderful Book

What made the experience of listening to The Secret Mother the most enjoyable?

I loved - okay not a great word to describe this book but I really enjoyed listening to every word and once again lucky I put it on the sleep timer.

What did you like best about this story?

Everything. It kept me guessing right the way through to the end. What did I like best? That I kept on guessing wrong and the ending was a real surprise - but a nice siurprise.

What does Katie Villa bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Her intonations right through this book were really good and made a slight different. Sometimes I just like listening to books and this was one of them.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely. In fact I did listen to it in one day. It was a really good book that kept me guessing right to the end. I disliked her husband more and more as he appeared in the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Nina
  • 01-26-18

good read

Enjoyed this book . defo worth a listen. although was easy to guess the outcome.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • kimmie
  • 01-25-18

Real twist great storyline

Loved the storyline had you thinking ‘what’s going on’ the ending was fantastic the little boy was so sweet

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  • Trish
  • 01-12-18

Outstandingly good read

The best read in a very long time . The narrator was incredible , such read with such emotion when . Truly a must read

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  • scatty
  • 01-08-18

Amazing

I had already guess the ending so far thought the book, which was beautifully written and beautifully narrated too,I would reccomennd this book to anyone,its a very emotional book and did i mention amazingly well written

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sue
  • 01-02-18

Brilliant Read

Any additional comments?

A good story with excellent narration.
Some suspense thrillers introduce a lot of unnecessary characters whose purpose is purely to divert the readers attention/suspicion. They add nothing to the story and can be irritating. The Secret Mother doesn’t do this.
I fully empathised with Tessa and couldn’t wait to have her plight resolved.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Camille
  • 05-19-18

Secret Mother

I was drawn straight into the story.I agonised with the main character and throughly enjoyed the whole thing!A fantastic suspenseful novel, fabulous story.