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  • Heald has a knack for building in her atmosphere

    Claire is a brand new mother who is struggling to connect to her daughter, Olivia. Recently relocated to a family cabin of her husband’s, Claire feels out of touch and increasingly alienated from the world around her. Olivia is impossible to manage, her husband, Matt, is never home, and her nosy mother-in-law appears to be doing everything she can to put a wedge between their marriage. With all the stress she’s under, it’s not surprising then that Claire succumbs to post-natal depression and a resurgence to drink after years of being sober. Her life at the cottage becomes increasingly dark as she begins to fear for both her life and that of her child’s. Is someone stalking her? Is she paranoid? Heald weaves a compelling narrative that makes it difficult to tell who to trust, both for Claire and the reader. As is common with psychological thrillers, Claire is not a reliable narrator. It works well for the plot because a great portion of this story will force the reader to battle with the protagonist. Are we on Claire’s side or not? Do we believe her or do we think she’s losing her grip? As a thriller, The Mother’s Mistake works well on multiple levels. The tension is palpable. It’s hard to know who to trust. And there are enough chilling moments to keep you glued to the page and eager to know what comes next. However, there are a few weaknesses that kept me from giving this a full five stars. I think this book was too long. There were some chapters where the pacing began to slow. At times I felt as if I was being dragged around in circles. Claire would often contend with the same battles over and over again to the point it became repetitive. It could have done with another round of pruning to make it sharper and increase the sense of urgency to find out what was going to happen to Claire and Olivia. I also found the main twist too predictable from an early point in the novel. That said, there was a supplemental twist I hadn’t entirely pieced together that flowed quite nicely. Overall, I was pleased with the outcome because it did feel well-plotted. Still, there was also a sub-plot involving Matt and his ex that took up a significant portion of the story and ultimately didn’t amount to much. I wish it had tied into the main thread more. SHOULD YOU READ IT? Yes. The Mother’s Mistake is a stunning debut into the thriller genre from author Ruth Heald. She knows Claire inside and out, and the story shows it. If you’re someone who reads psychological thrillers on the regular, you won’t be disappointed by this one. Heald has a knack for building in her atmosphere through slow, creeping reveals. When Claire is frightened, you’ll be frightened. When Claire is on the brink of discovery, you’ll have your fingers trembling over the next page in an eager rush to see what comes next.

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  • WOW! A brilliant psychological thriller!

    Wow! What a brilliant psychological thriller! The Mother’s Mistake is thought provoking and chilling with a suspenseful plot and amazing characters about a mother’s worst nightmare. A great book! I will be reading other books by this author. I will also recommend this book to others. My thanks to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for an advance copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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  • The mothers mistake.

    This is the best book I’ve read so far this year, great characters and a brilliant twist at the end. Highly recommended. I would definitely read more from the same author.

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  • Chilling and Stunning

    You must read this thriller of a novel, The Mother's Mistake by Ruth Heald, It is chilling and stunning. I could not put it aside as I was captured from the beginning. Through many twists and turns along with the anxiety and the shear holding of your breath you read the story of Claire. She is a happy mother to Olivia and wife to the wonderful Matt as they move into her mother in laws cottage once belonging to Matt's grandmother. This cottage is filled with all of grandmothers possessions as the mother in law, Ruth, isn't ready to move it all out. As time goes by things change and Claire begins to question herself and her every move along with her paranoia and seemingly instability. I can't say more as to give anything away, I can highly recommend this book; a thriller, a mystery and who is lying? Many thanks to #NetGalley #Bookoutour #TheMothersMistake #RuthHeald

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  • Page Turner

    I was drawn to this book for the simple reason everyone has made a mistake at some point, and know the saying never judge someone because they sin differently than you. Nevertheless, this person has made a career of being a professional blackmailer. She lacks empathy for other people and does not care how much she can hurt them. I know if I would have been in her shoes I would choose to fight back than give in to a horrible person hell-bent on destroying my life. I admire Amy because she thinks the same way that I would, and she's bent on digging up her own dirty little secrets. Reasonably thinking if she has leverage against her enemy, she may be able to win this game. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to see who would come out as the champion of this cat and mouse game. I recommend this to anyone who may have their own skeletons in the closet. How far would you go to defend yourself and your family?

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