A Mother’s Confession by Kelly Rimmer @Bookouture @KelRimmerWrites #BookReview

About this book…

Your husband took his own life. Tell the truth and destroy what’s left of your family. Or keep a secret that will tear you apart. What would you do?

Olivia and David were the perfect couple with their whole lives in front of them. When beautiful baby daughter Zoe came along, their world seemed complete.

But now David is dead and Olivia’s world is in pieces. While she is consumed with grief, her mother-in-law Ivy is also mourning the loss of her son. Both women are hiding secrets about the man they loved. Secrets that have put the family in danger.

Something was very wrong in Olivia and David’s marriage. Can Olivia and Ivy break their silence and speak the truth? A mother should protect her child, whatever the cost…shouldn’t she?

From the bestselling author of The Secret Daughterand Me Without You comes another emotionally gripping and gut-wrenching read about love, loss and the strength of a mother’s love.

My review…

Very rarely do I find a book that makes me howl like a baby but A Mothers Confession not only made me cry, I actually had to go into another room as I was sobbing so much I didn’t want my family to see! Honestly, I feel as though someone has ripped my heart out of my chest, shredded it into a million pieces and then stuffed it back in again expecting it to work as normal….not happening!!!! This book has shot straight into my top 10 books of the year and I want EVERYONE to read it NOW!

I actually didn’t read any reviews of this book before I read it and personally, I would advise other potential readers to do the same. I think you will have a much deeper reaction to the storyline if you don’t. Which means most of you should have stopped reading now but if you are still here then I can tell you that I actually hadn’t thought this was my type of book from the blurb. But then I started to see the massive reactions people had after reading it and as I have a terrible fear of missing out I decided to downloaded a sample. Well, I read the first few pages then bought the rest of the book immediately as it had already started to give me goosebumps.

This is a book told by the two women in the life of David Gillespie, his wife Olivia and his mother Ivy. But these women both seem to know and love a very different David. As a mother you always want to believe the best of your child and you will love and try to protect them till the day you die. But Ivy took her role as a mother to a much more extreme version of that, bordering on a rather unhealthy obsession. I wanted to understand her and bond with her as a fellow parent but it just didn’t happen-I despised her. Olivia I loved from the moment that she appeared on the page, a totally different mother to baby Zoe but still putting her child first, especially since The Tragedy. And both women now have to deal with the aftermath of that tragedy but in very different ways.

This has been one of the most emotional, heartbreaking and difficult to read books for me. I struggled to control my emotions at times, and let me tell you, they all came out! Anger and disgust jostled for position with sadness and fear but all overcome by a feeling of pure helplessness for the way this one man affected so many lives.

As soon as I finished this book (well, after I finished crying into a whole packet of tissues) I went straight onto Amazon to buy this authors other books. They will have a lot to live up to compared to this one but I adored her storytelling skills so much I just have to have another hit!

One of the most powerful books I have read this year. It was just BRILLIANT from beginning to end.

I must make a special mention here to Claire Mawdesley who’s incredulous reaction to this amazing book was the one that pushed me to download it. So a huge thank you from me to Claire.

A Mother’s Confession: A heartbreaking story with a breathtaking twist was published by Bookouture on 28th October and is available to purchase here at Amazon UK.

Meet the author…



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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

21 thoughts on “A Mother’s Confession by Kelly Rimmer @Bookouture @KelRimmerWrites #BookReview”

  1. Well, I didn’t stop reading quite where you told me to, but I did stop. 😏 This does sound good and may now have to add this one, and I’ve been so good! Thanks for a great review – well the half I read!

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    1. I am always worried about getting carried away and spoiling this for people. I highly recommend this one and already downloaded others by Kelly Rimmer. Nice to read one of my own books too! 😊😊

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  2. It sounds like an amazing read – but right now I’m not up for weeping over a book. I’ll make a note of it for when I can cope with such material, though… Thank you for sharing.

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