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Today I am reviewing Such a Good Mother by Helen Monks Takhar, published by HQ Digital.


Having it all is a killer…

Rose O’Connell aspires to be the perfect mother.

When she receives an unexpected invitation into The Circle, an elite clique of beautiful, wealthy and connected mums at her son’s exclusive school, it seems her dreams are about to come true. Every mother would kill for an invitation, and once she joins, Rose’s social status soars.

But what is each woman hiding beneath her immaculate exterior?

Why did a previous member take their own life?

And why have they singled out unassuming Rose to take her place?

Rose is about to find out that perfection comes at a price…

From the author That Woman comes a razor-sharp, dark and nail-bitingly gripping new thriller. Dare you join The Circle on the school run?

“Some things are too perfect to be true…”

The first thing I thought about when finishing this book is, be careful what you wish for! It is the perfect example of things are not as they appear to be to someone on the outside looking in.

I am such a sucker for these types of stories. Wealthy rich women who think they are above everyone and who behave badly are just so entertaining. For me as an introvert and happy to remain hidden in the shadows, this is not my thing, but I can see how someone could be easily seduced by such a group.

In the main, these types of stories have a despicable villain as its leader and this is also the case here. I would even go as far as saying they are the most villainous I have read! A puppet master pulling the strings and who is the keeper of damaging secrets that will be exposed if their rules are not followed.

In this interpretation, its plot can be over the top, but if you can suspend your disbelief and just go along for the deliciously wicked ride you should enjoy this book. In saying that though, who’s to say that what unfolds within these pages doesn’t actually happen in real life…

Thank you to Helen Monks Takhar, HQ Digital and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of Such a Good 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 read Play Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, Foyles and BookBub if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.


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Helen Monks Takhar’s debut novel That Woman/Precious You is published in the UK by HarperCollins imprint HQ and in the US by Penguin Random House. She has a two-book deal with both HQ and PRH.

Helen is joint MD of production company Second Generation with husband, screenwriter and executive producer, Danny Takhar.

Helen worked as a journalist, copywriter and magazine editor having graduated from Cambridge, she began her career writing for financial trade newspapers before contributing to UK national newspapers including The Times and The Observer. Born in Southport, Merseyside, she lives in North London with her husband and two daughters. 

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