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Today I am reviewing on its publication day The Mother’s Secret by Kathryn Croft, published by Canelo.


A dream come true, a nightmare that is just beginning.

Eve wanted nothing more than to be a mother. She and her husband, Aiden, planned to have a family, but with each devastating miscarriage her hopes dwindled. When she eventually gave birth to her daughter, Kayla, it should have been the happiest time of her life. Instead, it was a waking nightmare for Eve, and one she was desperate to escape.

Now, Eve has left all that behind. She pretends that she never had a child, and keeps her secrets close. But someone knows the truth. They know that Eve told a lie, and the clock is ticking before her shocking decision is revealed.

Once the story comes out, there’ll be no way out for Eve. If people learn about the crime she covered up, they’ll never look at her the same way again. She must get her little girl back, before it’s too late. If she can’t, running away won’t be an option. This time, Eve will face the consequences, and pay the price she should have paid years ago…

A heart-stopping psychological thriller with an ending you won’t see coming from #1 bestseller Kathryn Croft. Perfect for fans of Shari Lapena, C. L. Taylor and K. L. Slater.

“She thinks no one knows she lied…She is wrong…”

Each book I have read from Kathryn Croft out does the last and The Mother’s Secret is no exception. What a read! I devoured this in one sitting as I could not put it down!

When I read the blurb for this book, my first thought was, I could never imagine leaving my child if I was a mother and without even thinking of reasons why I would, straight away my hackles went up and my first instinct was to judge Eve’s character. But there is so much more to this story.

The narrative moves seamlessly from past to present as we learn of Eve’s and Aidan’s struggle to conceive. Croft paints a very real picture of this and with each miscarriage, the heartbreak. What Eve is hiding and why she left everything, only then to return, causes intrigue.

Full of twists and turns, lies and deceit, the pages just turn themselves. Perfectly plotted and executed with strong characters at the helm, and a satisfying ending, makes The Mother’s Secret such a thrilling and gripping read.

Thank you to Kathryn Croft , Canelo and NetGalley for allowing me an advanced copy of The Mother’s Secret, 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, BookBub 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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Kathryn Croft is the bestselling author of seven psychological thrillers and to date she has sold over one million copies of her books. Her third book, The Girl With No Past spent over four weeks at number one in the Amazon UK chart, and she has also appeared on the Wall Street Journal‘s bestsellers list.

With publishing deals in fifteen different countries, Kathryn has just finished writing her eighth and ninth novels and is now working on book ten. After twelve years living in London, she now lives in Guildford, Surrey, the place she grew up, with her husband and two children.




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