Single Mother- Book Review

Single Mother: An absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller with a jaw-dropping twist by [Samantha Hayes]

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 inheritance, 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 found that little pile of bones buried in the garden.

And now she’s missing…

A jaw-dropping, addictive and totally twisty psychological thriller that will have you sleeping with the light on! Perfect for anyone who loved The Girl on the TrainFriend Request or The Wife Between Us.

No. of pages:- 357 pages

Date published:- will be published on January 5th 2021

Genre:- Psychological thriller

Thank you Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC This review is based on my honest opinion.

Mel Douglas seems to be having a struggling life–her ex is in jail, and she was being fired from her job as a caretaker after someone accuses her of stealing money from a patient. Then Mel gets an unexpected letter, claiming that she was the heir of an inn and that she will inherit the inn. Mel along with her daughter, Kate moves away from Birmingham and moves to the countryside. However, while she undertakes the preparations for the inn, someone doesn’t want Mel to take over the inn. Skeletal remains were found by the back yard of the inn and Kate goes missing afterwards…

This book for me started a bit slow and was a bit boring but soon, the climax began to build towards the end of the book, with Mel’s daughter disappearing. The characters were OK and the writing was good though the “thrill” and the way they described this book as similar to The Girl on the Train didn’t do justice. Overall, to me, it was an OK thriller, not a type of thriller that you would want to die for.

Overall, I will rate this book as three stars!

Samantha Hayes

Samantha Hayes grew up in Warwickshire in the UK, 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 and her fifteenth novel, DATE NIGHT is out now. Her novels 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 of her novels!

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

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