The Mother’s Mistake – Ruth Heald / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @RJ_Heald


Everyone makes mistakes. But does everyone deserve to be forgiven?

She runs past the tinkling of children’s laughter that fills the park. Heart hammering, feet stinging, she reaches the riverbank, her breath catching in her throat. And then she sees…

Three years later.

Claire has everything she’s always wanted. A new-born baby. A doting husband by her side. A picturesque home in the countryside.

But behind closed doors, Claire’s life is falling apart. Her husband is barely ever home, she’s struggling to bond with her baby girl, and she swears that she is being watched in the remote, lonely cottage.

And when a threatening note is posted through her letterbox, saying she doesn’t deserve her daughter, it’s clear that someone knows about the terrible mistake that Claire made – someone won’t let her forget it. Three years ago, she would have known who to turn to. But now she no longer recognises those closest to her, or the person she’s become. Who can she trust?

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My review

Wow! This book kidnapped me and held me hostage. There was no escaping. I just could not put it down.

The author certainly opened a big can of psychology and poured a rich emotional sauce over it.

She lets us wander around in the culprit’s mind and the whole way through you wonder who the ‘italic person’ is. You feel for her as well as for Claire.

How will this come together? Is there a connection between them? And if there is, which one?

OMG, I am so jealous of you all, the future readers of this book, because you still have to start with this gem, but I can’t complain of course. I already was under it’s spell and I loved it. 5 shiny stars.

Thank you, Ruth Heald, Bookouture and Netgalley.


About the author

Ruth Heald is a psychological thriller writer from a suburban Buckinghamshire town. She studied Economics at Oxford and then worked in an eclectic mix of sectors from nuclear decommissioning to management consulting.

Seeking a more creative environment, she found a role at the BBC and worked there for nine years before leaving to write full time. Ruth is fascinated by psychology and finding out what drives people to violence, destruction and revenge. She’s married with one daughter and her novels explore our greatest fears in otherwise ordinary, domestic lives.

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Twitter: @RJ_Heald.