Day two of the blog tour for ‘The Mother’s Mistake’ by Ruth Heald, and the glittery, Bookouture tour bus stops with me, TWG! Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC – here is my review:
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?
What does TWG think?
Forgiveness is a tough one, isn’t it? People usually say that, to move on from something, you have to learn to forgive the person involved. But what happens if that person involved is…yourself? How can you forgive yourself for something when guilt overrides any logical thinking? Like I say, it’s a tough one and unfortunately for Claire, that was exactly the situation she found herself in.
Moving to the countryside was supposed to be a fresh start for them all. A new home, a new baby, a new life – what’s not to like? Claire’s relationship with her mother in law is hanging by a thread, and it doesn’t help that Claire cannot get one minutes’ peace from her sticking her nose in as the mother in law lives next door!
‘The Mother’s Mistake’ is such a satisfying and gripping novel – I wasn’t expecting the storyline to be what it was at all! Ruth Heald nails the psychological element of the book, and at times I felt like my head was spinning out of control due to not knowing which way to turn. Who do I believe? What do I believe? I really didn’t know.
This story is told via different points of view which, in my opinion, increases the depth of the novel as I felt I got to see different sides to each of the characters. I would say that, at times, the pace was a little bit too slow and unforgiving, however when the storyline peaked it blew the slowness out of the water.
‘The Mother’s Mistake’ is a very, very impressive read which kept me on my toes until the very end. It’s clear that Ruth Heald is a talented writer who knows which buttons of her readers she needs to push in order to get a reaction. This book was definitely one of those buttons!
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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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