Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Review: The Mother's Fault by Nicole Trope

The Mother's Fault
by Nicole Trope 

Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 372
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  I am cooking spaghetti, his favourite, while he plays in the garden. But when I look up, he’s gone. I call the police, my hands shaking so much that I hit the wrong digits twice. ‘My son is missing.’

When the police turn up, I’m trapped in the web of my lies.

I have hidden the truth from eight-year-old Riley, my little boy who loves climbing trees and always has scraped knees. I have hidden my secret from everyone.

Riley knows his father is dead but he has no idea why. He doesn’t know his dad’s real name, and there are no pictures in the house. Not a single person knows what happened eight years ago.

I love my son more than anything but the truth is, I have always feared for him. When the first gift arrived in our mailbox, wrapped in blue paper with silver stars, I realised I was right to be afraid.

Now, I can see the question in the detectives’ eyes. Am I a mother with a missing child or a mother with a lot to hide? I need them to save my son – but how much can I tell them without losing him forever?

Kritters Thoughts: A boy goes missing but that is just the tip of the iceberg for this story.  Beverley is a single mom and she has devoted her life to raising her son and providing him with everything that he would need or want.  His biological father is gone and Beverley doesn't have any other family, so her son Riley is everything until one night while making supper he is gone.  

Told through three points of view, this story moved so quickly I read it in one day.  The author unfolded the story in just the right way that I literally couldn't put the book down because I wanted to know more and more.  I felt for Beverley as she had put all her eggs in this basket and had devoted everything she had to her son Riley and for him to disappear and for her to not have an explanation was heartbreaking.  When the conclusion came with each point of view giving an epilogue, I loved that the author gave all three the opportunity to tell their ending to the story.  

My first Nicole Trope book, but will definitely not be my last.  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 129 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Bookouture.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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