Your husband took his own life. Tell the truth and destroy what is left of your family. Or keep a secret that will tear you apart. What would you do?
Olivia and David were the perfect couple with their whole lives in front of them. When beautiful baby daughter Zoe came along, their world seemed complete.
But now David is dead and Olivia's world is in pieces. While she is consumed with grief, her mother-in-law Ivy is also mourning the loss of her son. Both women are hiding secrets about the man they loved. Secrets that have put the family in danger.
Something was very wrong in Olivia and David's marriage. Can Olivia and Ivy break their silence and speak the truth? A mother should protect her child, whatever the cost, shouldn't she?
©2016 Kelly Rimmer (P)2016 Bookouture
WOW!!! I did not see that coming.
I enjoyed this book the story seems all normal and quite uneventful until a certain point and then I was left with my mouth open. I actually had my hand over my mouth as it took me that much by surprise. I didn't realise that I was that emotionally engaged in the story. This is a must read if you like a good twist at the end of a book.
I also loved how Australian this was and it was then easy to relate to.
My first book of K. Rimmer's, and I thought it was going to be like a few other books out now-a-days; had the feeling of 'Girl on a Train' to begin with. However, I prefer this story much more.
I continued on and I was greatly surprised by the well written plot and twist. All neatly interwoven, the characters you either loved greatly, or despised intensely because of the depth that was given to them.
I look forward to reading more of Kelly's stories, and wouldn't be surprised if this became a movie.
You've done it again Kelly Rimmer! Once again I just could not walk away from your latest masterpiece for a moment! A Mother's Confession was unbelievable... a gripping novel with a huge curveball that I wouldn't have expected for a second! Loved every little bit!
"Seeing what we want to see."
Four stars for a book of surprises. And the biggest surprise is saved for the end of the book. My heart and soul ached while reading A Mother's Confession, realizing I know people who are so similar to each of the characters. I found that scary while fearing there were times I should have spoken up. Seems each main character had good and bad traits, and I found myself understanding why. I recommend this book for almost everyone.
"best audible book since girl on a train"
I loved this book, the narration was beautiful! story was engrossing! with a twist I did not see coming. best book I've listened to.
"Much Better Than Expected"
This story and narration were excellent! Never imagined the twist at the end. Although the story did move a little slow, I really enjoyed Brigid Lohrey's performance of each character, and the story unfolded in a way that held my attention and interest. Also, was quite interesting to see the multiple ways that some of the characters used denial as a coping mechanism. The twists did not feel contrived and were well integrated into the story. Emotionally gripping. Sad story, yet shows hope for the future. Don't give up. Hang in there, because you won't be sorry.
"Ending I Never Saw Coming"
The twist of the story surprised me. the narration at times was very whiney and annoying, but also very appropriate to the character being portrayed. I think the narration really contributed to a character in really did not like.
"Wow! Just wow!"
This book really hit home. I was involved in an abusive relationship, though no where as severe as this one. I could really relate to the struggles to try to make sense of a relationship that continued to go wrong regardless of what you did. I will listen to this one again, and probably again. Should I suspect someone is in an abusive relationship, I will give them this book. Excellent story and excellent narrator. Thanks, Audible!
"Highly recommend this book"
I reluctantly listened to this book. it was hard not getting angry at the wife for not leaving this relationship but the anger quickly turned to sympathy as the mother in laws character came out. I could not quit listening. Nobody knows the reasons why a person stays in an abusive relationship, or why a person becomes so abusive. Fear for her and everybody she loved was her reason and for good reason.
"You will never guess the end!"
I loved the Austrailian accents! The voices were great and you could tell all the characters from one another. The story is fantastic. Has to be told. I cried a lot. And DO NOT DRIVE while listening when you get to around chapters 34, 35 and 36. There is a part that will blow your mind and I had to pull off the road to calm myself down! I just loved the ending. It was a happier ending and I can't help but think, what happens to these characters next? I was really enthralled by the book. Excellent!
The voices were so good!
I have to say toward the end around chapter 34 to 38 it was very moving!
So many tears at the end as I look at my daughter. Beautifully written with great narration.
"Interesting read but dragged quite a bit"
I'm not sure, but I think I would've enjoyed this more had it got to the point a bit sooner. A lot of the constant back and forth was unnecessary. And the narrator's interpretation of Ivy was obnoxious. It wasn't necessary to try and give them different voices if she couldn't pull it off.
"Bittersweet and Complete, not too Heartbreaking"
This story was not as bittersweet and heart-wrenching as its described - in a good way. Yes, the story was not as heart-wrenching as its described - in a good way, it was more bittersweet as a whole, definitely strong, important moments of heartbreak but with realistic resolution. Sentiments of this book: difficulty of marriage, domestic abuse, familial sacrifice, self-preservation, loss and deceit and if I had to rename the book I would call it, The Mother's Realization or The Mother's Reality. This story is a combination of the two books "Who We were Before" By Leach Mercer and “Behind Closed Doors” By B. A. Paris in terms of certain aspects such as central issues.
"A beautiful, yet heart breaking read"
Words are difficult to express how I feel right at this moment. Such a beautifully written yet heart breaking read. A thought provoking book that touched my heart - silent tears rolled down my cheeks as I listened to the reality that was Olivia and Zoe's lives. A must read for every woman - a book that'll make you thankful for the lives we live, or a book that may just give you strength to live better lives for yourselves. Thank you so much @bookouture and Kelly Rimmer for this beautiful book.
Very very gripping and a really book.
I couldn't stop listening and then didn't want it to end.
"absolutely loved it!"
brilliantly written, characters you grow to like, dislike and understand.
excellent unexpected twist to the end of the story.
so pleased that I chose to give an in known author a listen. will definitely be looking for more of her books.
"I loved this book."
Great story, moves along brilliantly.
Seb - the glue in the background that holds the story together.
Olivia. Well read and she is the main character, I believe.
If I had been able to. I spent far too long listening to it when I should have been sleeping!
The only comment I have is that I thought the intonation of the reader's voice when reading the character of Ivy was a little annoying. The Australian accent and the attempt at "posh" was irrating, but did not detract from the overall experience.
"There but for the grace........"
Compelling story, well read.
A lesson to us all
Can't recommend it highly enough.
One of the best books I have listened to.
What an amazing story. Had me drawn in from the very beginning. I couldn't stop listening.
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