Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing The Silent Mother by Liz Lawler. This was released on the 8th of October, published by Bookouture.
The phone rings. It’s the call every parent dreads. My beautiful son is dead.
He’d been the centre of my world from the moment he was born. Now my perfect life is shattered. In the midst of my grief, I receive an anonymous letter telling me that Tom’s death was not an accident.
So I’ve come to the apartment where my only child lived to find out what really happened. Tom was newly qualified as a doctor, he had a bright future ahead of him. Nothing about the day he died makes sense.
As I get to know the medical staff Tom worked with and his friends living nearby, I’m drawn into a tangled web of lies. Whispers and rumours circulate along the hospital corridors and I start to question how well I really knew my precious boy.
But a mother knows when things don’t add up.
His girlfriend has been keeping her pregnancy secret.
His best friend betrayed him in the weeks before Tom’s death.
His neighbours all have something to hide.
Which one of them would kill? As I get closer to the truth, the stakes become more dangerous. And I realise I could be next on their list…
“Your child is dead…Are you next?…”
I can’t even begin to imagine what it would feel like as a parent to lose a child. The pain so unbearable, how do you find the strength to go on? This is the situation our lead Ruth finds herself in after her beloved son Thomas is found dead in an apparent suicide. But there is so much more to this story, when Ruth receives an anonymous letter telling her that Thomas’ death was no accident.
The Silent Mother is a tale of love, loss and how one deals with grief. My heart ached for Ruth as she went in search of the truth about Thomas’ death, even at the risk of her own life. She has been created and portrayed so realistically, you can feel every emotion that emanates off her. I was mentally exhausted after reading this going through everything exactly as Ruth does.
My second book by Liz, I throughly enjoy her style, how engaging her writing is and although I did find that this tale moves at a slightly slower pace, most importantly it still held my interest from begInning to end. A twisty psychological thriller, this is a very enjoyable read and I will be looking forward to reading what Liz comes up with for us next.
Thank you to Liz Lawler, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Silent Mother, 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.
The Silent Mother Books on Tour
Follow the tour along the way and see what these bloggers also thought about The Silent Mother. Thank you to Bookouture for my spot on the books on tour and for the prom materials.
Let’s Get to Know Liz Lawler
Liz Lawler grew up sharing pants, socks, occasionally a toothbrush, sleeping four to a bed. Born in Chatham and partly raised in Dublin, she is one of fourteen children.
She spent over twenty years as a nurse and has since fitted in working as a flight attendant, a general manager of a five star hotel, and is now working with trains.
She became an author in 2017 when her debut novel Don’t Wake Up was published by Twenty7.