Single Mother by Samantha Hayes @bookouture

I will do anything to protect my daughter. She’s all I’ve ever wanted and all I really have, but the moment I opened that letter and accepted the gift inside, I walked us right into a dangerous trap.

I know I should have got her to tell me who she’s been talking to on the phone late at night, and where she was the day I went to pick her up from school and couldn’t find her, but she’s not spoken a word since she discovered a secret hidden in our new home.

And now she’s missing

It’s no secret that I’m a huge Samantha Hayes fan and have been since her debut-and I can’t believe that this is her 17th book and she can STILL pull the wool over my eyes! I just love her attention to detail and stylish storytelling that packs in some brilliant twists and turns but never quite showing all her cards-there is always an ace hidden up her sleeve! Single Mother packed a hellva punch and I’m still reeling from its shocking revelations.

When Mel inherits a run down hotel, it couldn’t have come at a better time for her. Brought up in a children’s home after being abandoned as a baby, then left a single mum when her ex gets sent down for abusive behaviour, it’s losing her job that finally kicks her in the teeth. So a letter confirming that an anonymous benefactor has left her an expected inheritance seems like the answer to her prayers. A move away may also help her daughter Kate who could also use a fresh start but from the very first day in their new home she feels that they are being watched. And when a shocking discovery is made, Kates silence towards her mother may have terrifying consequences…

I was hooked immediately by this intriguing plot. Why had Mel been abandoned as a baby and who had left her the hotel and why? There were many MANY questions buzzing around my head and some of the answers weren’t those I had been expecting! There are some wonderfully unsavoury characters here to add to the menacing feel to the storyline and I can guarantee you won’t be able to put this down as it is definitely a “just one more chapter” book.

An addictive read from start to finish!

Samantha Hayes grew up in Warwickshire, left school at sixteen, avoided university and took jobs ranging from private detective to barmaid to fruit picker and factory worker. She lived on a kibbutz, and spent time living in Australia and the USA, before finally becoming a crime-writer.

Her writing career began when she won a short story competition in 2003. After writing several books under another name, her sixteenth crime novel THE HAPPY COUPLE is out now, with SINGLE MOTHER due for release in January 2021. Her books are family-based psychological thrillers, with the emphasis being on ‘real life fiction’. She focuses on current issues and sets out to make her readers ask, ‘What if this happened to me or my family?’ And you’ll always find a BIG twist at the end! 

GOOD HOUSEKEEPING says “We’re big fans of Samantha Hayes. Her believable psychological thrillers are completely gripping…”

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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.