Title;:- The Mother Next Door
Author:- Leah Mercer
Date published:- 27th February 2023
No. of pages:- 255 pages
Overall rating: 5/5
I glance over at Lou’s house as I pull onto my drive, surprised that it is still in darkness. Lou and the kids should have been home from school long ago. I should be preparing a delicious meal for my children as they tell me about their day. But Lou’s car is nowhere to be seen…
The night is drawing in and Lou has still not returned. I try not to panic, but deep down I know something is wrong. Lou is the most dependable friend. Our children are at the same school. We always help each other out, and she cares for my two like only a mother can.
As a storm rages outside and local news reports tell everyone to stay indoors, a feeling of deep dread starts to swell. Then the call comes. The police have found Lou’s car, with my children’s schoolbags still inside along with Lou’s phone. But they are nowhere to be seen.
Clutching my husband’s hands, willing our children to be found safe and sound, I try to silence the voice inside my head. I’ve not been honest. I’m being punished for what happened all those years ago.
And then I get Lou’s message and I know that if I want to see my children again, I need to tell the truth to everyone I love.
What I don’t yet know is that Lou has been keeping her own dark secret. And once the storm passes, nothing will ever be the same again.
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Fiona, Jasmine, Alison and Tabitha were childhood friends and all went to school together. Now their children also go to the same school Lou is a woman who is in charge of looking after the children and the four women entrusts her with their children. But then one day, when it’s almost seven in the evening, their children haven’t returned home from school and they start fretting with worry.
The story is told in those four women’s POV–Fiona, Jasmine and Alison and Jasmine each with a different set of unique characteristics so as a reader you would know what each of the characters are dealing with the situation. The chapters were timed and there were snippets of the chapters to show what really happened to the children. The book was fast paced, with twists and turns, and the story line itself was interesting. The twist at the end was completely unexpected and overall, this book as a whole was unputdownable and unforgettable. This was the second book I have read from this author and I would strongly recommend this book to anyone.
So if you are into missing children trope with twists and turns, then this book is one for you–worth five stars!
Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.
Leah can’t remember a time when she didn’t love writing. From creating fake newspapers to writing letters to the editor, scribbling something was always on the agenda. Even the rejections she received after completing her first novel at age 13 didn’t dent her enthusiasm.
So it makes sense, then, that she pursued a career in anything but writing. Public relations, teaching, recruitment, editing medical journals — even a stint painting houses — until she finally succumbed once more to the lure of the blank page.
When she’s not being jumped on by her young son or burning supper while thinking of plot-lines, Leah can be found furiously tapping away on her laptop, trying not to check Twitter or Facebook.
Leah also writes romantic comedies under the name Talli Roland