The Mother Next Door by Leah Mercer / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @leahmercerbooks

I glance over at Lou’s house as I pull onto my drive, surprised that it is still in darkness. Lou and the kids should have been home from school long ago. I should be preparing a delicious meal for my children as they tell me about their day. But Lou’s car is nowhere to be seen…The night is drawing in and Lou has still not returned. I try not to panic, but deep down I know something is wrong. Lou is the most dependable friend. Our children are at the same school. We always help each other out, and she cares for my two like only a mother can.As a storm rages outside and local news reports tell everyone to stay indoors, a feeling of deep dread starts to swell. Then the call comes. The police have found Lou’s car, with my children’s schoolbags still inside along with Lou’s phone. But they are nowhere to be seen.Clutching my husband’s hands, willing our children to be found safe and sound, I try to silence the voice inside my head. I’ve not been honestI’m being punished for what happened all those years ago.And then I get Lou’s message and I know that if I want to see my children again, I need to tell the truth to everyone I love.What I don’t yet know is that Lou has been keeping her own dark secret. And once the storm passes, nothing will ever be the same again.




Bullies … you find them everywhere. At school, in your workplace, in the gym,.. They have different backgrounds and different ages. They can be men or women. 

Bullies are always surrounded by ‘friends’. Not because those ‘friends’ love the bully so much. Oh no, it’s rather the opposite. They are happy the bully’s viciousness is addressed to someone else and they support the bully because they fear they will be next if they don’t. 

Bullies have a long ‘career’. They start from a very young age often and even when they have become adults, when push comes to shove they rediscover their inner bully. 

Why do people become a bully? It’s often because they are jealous of someone or they have to hide frustrations and bullying becomes a second nature.

There are different kinds of bullying. It’s never good of course, but some actions are rather harmless. Others can go way to far and when it goes very, very wrong, the bully still takes the lead in order to protect himself.

You can hide a dark secret for many years, but one day someone will make you come clean…

You never know who your neighbour is. They can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Which one will the mother next door be…?

A very enjoyable book that begins very promising and kept me alert the whole time. An easy read with short chapters that keeps the pace going. 5 stars

Thank you


About the author

Leah Mercer was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the east coast of Canada. Her first ambition was to be a journalist, but after completing a master’s in journalism, she soon realised she preferred anything other than reporting the news. After trying her hand at public relations, teaching and recruitment in various countries around the world, she finally settled in London and returned to writing… fiction, this time. Her first two novels, Who We Were Before and The Man I Thought You Were, were shortlisted at the UK’s Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards. Leah loves books, running and visiting historic houses with her husband and their son.


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