Today I am thrilled to be one of the bloggers kicking off the blog tour for The Mother’s Mistake by Ruth Heald. Happy publication day Ruth!
About the book:
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.
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?
An atmospheric, chilling and absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller about a mother’s worst nightmare. Fans of K.L. Slater, Shalini Boland and The Girl on the Train will love the twists, turns and gasp-worthy shocks of this stunning debut from Ruth Heald.
The book starts with a chilling prologue, told in the point of view of an unknown character, where the reader is faced head on with the tragic death of a child. Right from this moment, I knew I was going to be taken on an emotional journey and I definitely was! The story then picks three years later.
Leaving their hectic lives in London behind for a quieter life in the countryside, life should be perfect for Claire, Matt and their new born daughter Olivia. But the move is not as perfect as Claire hoped. The cottage they have moved to, was Matt’s grandmothers and as it still holds her possessions, Claire struggles to make it feel like home. Her mother-in-law Ruth, who used to be so lovely to her, has turned cold, which has started to cause tension in her marriage to Matt. But the worst of it is that Claire is not bonding with Olivia. She starts to feel so alone, and with his focus on opening a new business, she can’t rely on Matt. Ruth’s sudden coldness also means she can’t turn to her. To makes matters worse Ruth re-introduces Matt’s ex-girlfriend Sarah into the mix and somehow convinces him to hire Sarah as his new receptionist.
Then Claire meets single mother Emma. The two quickly bond and Emma becomes someone Claire can confide in. However, Claire is still struggling, and things feel like they are going from bad to worse. Matt is working late every night with Sarah and soon Claire cannot handle the stress of looking after Olivia. She then slips back into depression and paranoia, which was one of the reasons they moved to start afresh. Then Claire receives a hateful note, that says she does not deserve her daughter. Fearful that a tragic mistake from her past is coming back to haunt her, this could just be the last straw that is going to tip her over the edge.
We are also given a subplot told from the perspective of another unknown character, that adds another layer to the story. A woman who is being psychically abused by her husband, you wonder where this is heading but never fear, it is all tied up in a thrilling finale and you are not left hanging.
Ruth excels in how to get a reader’s attention right from the start, and she does not let go until the final page. I can’t wait to see what else she comes up with next in the psychological thriller genre.
If you love a story that will have you hooked right from the start and keeps you enthralled throughout, then this is definitely the book for you.
Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Ruth Heald for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Mother’s Mistake in exchange for an honest review.
All opinions are my own and are not biased in anyway.
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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The Mother’s Mistake is available to buy now!
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Thank-you to Noelle Holten for a spot on this blog tour.