Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing A Mother’s Lie by Leah Mercer. This was released on the 24th of June, published by Bookouture.
My darling child… all I’ve ever yearned for. But how do I keep you safe?
When Ali retreats to her seaside cottage, all she wants is to be alone. To reconnect with a place that has always felt like home until her baby is born.
But then her life collides with the people living in the house next door, Michael and Meg, and she is immediately welcomed into their perfect life with their beautiful baby Jem. As they help her prepare for her own arrival, Ali knows she has made the right choice for her baby in returning to Seashine Cottage.
When Michael leaves suddenly for a work trip, and Meg impulsively invites Ali to move in, it becomes clear things aren’t as perfect as they first seemed.
Meg is holding on to a dark secret. And as her behaviour becomes ever more erratic – leaning on Ali for increasing amounts of help – while Michael shows no signs of returning, Ali begins to worry.
Does she need to protect herself and her unborn child from the new friend she thought would help keep her safe? And what about her own devastating secret… the one she’s been running from?
From the bestselling author of Who We Were Before comes an unputdownable and heartbreaking read about how far we will go to protect those we love the most. Perfect for fans of The Silent Daughter, Diane Chamberlain and Kerry Lonsdale.
Right from the opening chapter, Leah Mercer’s A Mother’s Lie drew me in like a moth to a flame and I loved it. Emotionally charged, this sure did get the tears flowing. A heartbreaking page turner, this is the first book I have read from Leah and she absolutely has a new fan in me.
They say that a change is as good as a holiday but, is the reverse true? Ali painfully changes her circumstances in an effort to ready herself for the birth of her beautiful baby. However, will things change even more than she expected when she connects with the couple next door and finds herself drawn into their world that is not all that it appears to be on the surface. And how does Ali’s grandmother Violet’s story tie into this tale?
The chapters alternate between Ali in the present and her now departed grandmother Violet 13 months before, who both captured my heart. They felt so real to me, which is a credit to Leah Mercer with how she brings each vividly to life. Both of their stories got under my skin and my tears flowed when their secrets were revealed. Meg is also a fascinating character who’s story had me intrigued and who also crossed paths with Violet before her death.
A Mother’s Lie is a beautifully written and poignant tale and is one I would definitely read again. A wonderful read which will be part of my best books for 2021.
Thank you to Leah Mercer, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of A Mother’s Lie, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.
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A Mother’s Lie Books on Tour
Follow the tour along the way and see what these bloggers also thought about A Mother’s Lie. Thanks to Bookouture for my spot on the books on tour and promotional materials.
Let’s Get to Know Leah Mercer
Leah Mercer was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the east coast of Canada. Her first ambition was to be a journalist, but after completing a master’s in journalism, she soon realised she preferred anything other than reporting the news.
After trying her hand at public relations, teaching and recruitment in various countries around the world, she finally settled in London and returned to writing… fiction, this time.
Her first two novels, Who We Were Before and The Man I Thought You Were, were shortlisted at the UK’s Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards. Leah loves books, running and visiting historic houses with her husband and their son.