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    A great read, you won’t want to put

    I found this book to be slow to start with me, and I have learnt that I like a book to hook me from that first page, I want it to be fast paced, but once I started through a few chapters, the pace picked up a bit. So many secrets and so many lies. I couldn’t feel sorry for some of the characters, because they had ruined lives, through lies. The one person I actually felt for was Martha, because her life dramatically changed, her father Greg had left when she was 9, she hadn’t seen or heard from him since then. Her mum Fran was an alcoholic, obese, diabetic who didn’t seem to look after herself, and seemed to rely on Martha a lot. Martha loses her job when her boss Pete dies, Martha is devastated not just at the loss of her job, but at the loss of Pete as he had been like a father to her. Martha has to go home and tell her mum now that she won’t be bringing any money in. She knew it was also going to be tough to get another job, because her mum had moved them years ago to a village in the backend of nowhere down near Cornwall, they couldn’t afford a car and Martha had failed her driving test 3 times. The only person Martha feels she can confide in is Izzy, who listens, and when Martha is taken into hospital for her diabetes and a heart attack, Izzy comes to Martha’s aid. The story is told from several points of view mainly Martha and Fran, the timescale jumps a couple of times but that is easy to follow and is necessary for the story to be explained. But there are so many secrets and lies, but as each one comes out, it leaves even more questions. This is a complex story, with a web of lies that need unravelling, and it wouldn’t be a psychological thriller if it didn’t have that twist at the end that you just didn’t see coming. I enjoyed this once I had got into the story. Thank you to #netgalley and #bookouture for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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    Her Mother's Lies

    To discover that the father she believed to be hers was actually not Martha's must have been gutting enough but as the narrative develops her life seems very dark. I read in the hope of the light at the end of the tunnel.
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    Great Read!

    Great story line about Martha, a young adult whose boss has just died and she is out of a job now. She lives with her alcoholic mum who is an illustrator who is now doing more drinking than working. Martha always wondered why her father left suddenly when she was 9 and they suddenly had to move to where they did not not anyone. Martha's mother, Fran, suffers a heart attack and little by little Martha realizes that her mother has lied to her over the years about their family dynamics. There are lots of surprises in this book. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of this very good book in exchange for an honest review.
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    A Cracking Read!

    Having enjoyed Rona Halsall's The Honeymoon so much I knew her next book was a one I needed to read. The title and tagline were both pretty alluring, too. Training to be an animal nurse, twenty-something Martha lives with her mum, Fran, in their remote, pretty cottage in the Cornish countryside and will do anything for her. Fran spend her time painting illustrations. One day, Martha sees a strange message on her mother’s phone—apparently from her estranged father. Following a series of very traumatic events, one of which was the sudden death or her boss at the vets where she works and a downturn in the general health of Fran who suffers from alcoholism, Martha searches for her long-lost father, Greg and find out why he just disappeared from their lives. Greg deserted them both fifteen years ago when Martha was a nine-year-old. When Martha catches up with him in Wales, he makes a shattering revelation. He is not her father. Martha is determined to find out what exactly her mother has been hiding from her and with help from her friend, Izzy, Martha sets out to reveal the truth Rona Halsall delivers an unrestrained and exuberant story of with a toxic concoction of lies, secrets, grief, deceit, loss and the lengths parents will sometimes go to, in order to protect their children. Her Mother's Lies is beautifully plotted, a cracking story and a book I revelled in all the way through. As enthralling as I knew it would be, the author did a brilliant job of slowly drawing me into the plot, capturing and commanding my attention with her superbly drawn characters and their secrets, while adding in clever twists designed to throw me. It brought no disappointments and everything was well wrapped up with no loose ends in the fabulous finale. A riveting, stellar and exemplary thriller that I'm delighted to recommend. I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my request, from Bookouture via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
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    Good Read

    The first two-thirds were slow for me and then all of a sudden it took off. I liked the author's style and writing, the characters are all unreliable and not very likeable. All in all, a good read.

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