Your audiobook is waiting…

The Secret Mother

Narrated by: Katie Villa
Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (959 ratings)
Regular price: $19.95
$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

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

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    569
  • 4 Stars
    266
  • 3 Stars
    99
  • 2 Stars
    16
  • 1 Stars
    9

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    621
  • 4 Stars
    178
  • 3 Stars
    52
  • 2 Stars
    7
  • 1 Stars
    3

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    499
  • 4 Stars
    224
  • 3 Stars
    103
  • 2 Stars
    21
  • 1 Stars
    8
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

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 😀😀😀😀

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

beautifully written

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

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Will grip you from the very beginning! Excellent story line! A must Listen

Not many books grip me from the very beginning. This one had an excellent story line with a great narrator! And the end will blow you away! Great book! Totally recommend it!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

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.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

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.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

The Secret Mother

Loved the reader on the audio.
The story captivated me through and through. I recommend it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic

First class narration
Engrossing storyline and believable characters
Well written and kept me guessing until the end

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Fabulous!

Absolutely love this book! They kept me engaged until the very end! A great story of the struggle and joy!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Wendi
  • Houston, TX
  • 01-14-19

Best Boland Book Yet!

The Secret Mother is a very good psychological thriller. I have been on a Shalini Boland tear lately and I wasn't sure what to expect because the past two weren't the greatest. My faith is restored.

This tale is about a grieving mother who walked into her home after work one day to find a little boy waiting for her. He told her she was his new mother. Perplexed. the woman called her ex husband to come over, and they called the police. Of course, the media had a field day, and accused her of stealing a man's child because of her fragile state after her own two children died (twins, one at birth).

The story progresses and I have to say, I was shocked at the end. It's a great story full of twists and turns and likable characters, and I recommend this to anyone who appreciates a great psychological thriller. It starts out with a bang and keeps you hanging on to the edge of your seat throughout the whole novel. Narration is also excellent!

5 stars

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • 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!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Andrea Spencer
  • 03-05-18

brilliant

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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Patreesha
  • 02-24-18

A sort of feel good book

I say this because it is and it isn’t. You sort of know what’s going to happen, but you don’t if that makes sense.

I enjoyed this book even though parts of it made me really annoyed with certain people. And I sort of knew how it would end but there was a twist or two, which I always like.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Nina
  • 01-26-18

good read

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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful