Book Review: The Secret Mother by Shalini Boland

About The Book

'Are you my mummy?’
Tessa Markham returns home to find a child in her kitchen. He thinks she’s his mother. But Tessa doesn’t have any children.

Not anymore.

She doesn’t know who the little boy is or how he got there.

After contacting the police, Tessa is suspected of taking the mystery child. Her whole life is turned upside down. And then her husband reveals a secret of his own...

Tessa isn’t sure what to believe or who to trust. Because someone is lying. To find out who, she must confront her painful past. But is the truth more dangerous than Tessa realises? 

My Thoughts

The Secret Mother definitely starts in a thrilling way. Just imagine coming home to find a child there innocently asking you if you his mummy! And this is exactly what happens to Tessa Markham.

Tessa has not had an easy few years. As we learn of the tragedies that have impacted her, it’s hard not to want to applaud her ability to get up daily and have some semblance of a life. It may not be the life she planned or she wanted but it’s what she has and she is somehow managing.

Having driven away her friends, she is left with Scott, the husband she is separated from and Carly, her neighbour as her only sources of help to try and discover why little Harry was in her house. Scott is sceptical of her version of events. Carly has her own agenda for wanting to help Tessa. As she undergoes trial by social media, Tessa is cast as the villain in this story with seemingly nowhere to turn.

I found the book well paced and read it one sitting. I did not find the mystery difficult to solve early on as we are given plenty of clues. Having said that, Boland’s writing kept my interest to the end because I wanted every i dotted and t crossed. My one frustration is the never stated reason why no one claimed Harry in the beginning.

The Secret Mother was a great read for a rainy, lazy afternoon. I enjoy Boland’s writing style and will keep an eye out for more of her books.

About The Author

Books and music are my passion and I’ve always been a writer in some shape or form. Before children, I was signed to Universal Music as a singer/songwriter. But that all seems like several lifetimes ago.

Now I combine motherhood with writing fiction. I write the kinds of books I love to read - suspenseful thrillers and gripping adventures.

I also get stupidly over-excited when people leave comments on my blog, so please feel free to say what's on your mind.