Not My Mother by Miranda Smith

I’m so pleased to be able to review this compelling book today, as part of the book tour. Thanks so much to Bookouture for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the tour.

Book Description:

What if the person you trust most in the world is lying to you?

I’d heard of the Baby Caroline case, of course. When a baby is snatched from her mother’s arms, the whole country knows about it. I knew about the parents left lying by the swimming pool, the open window in the nursery. But I never dreamed it had anything to do with me.

Today, my beautiful daughter turned one. We were unwrapping gifts and blowing out candles when the knock came at the door, and they took my mother away.

The police say she’s not really my mother. That she stole me, thirty years ago.

When I visit her, desperate for answers, she looks me in the eye, and says nothing. I can barely breathe. Is my whole life a lie?

I have to find out, but the more I learn, the more scared I become. And soon I start to wonder, am I losing my grip on reality or is my own daughter in terrible danger?

An absolutely gripping psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Ruth Ware and Lisa Jewell.

My Review:

This is such a compelling story. It opens at a child’s birthday party, when the police arrive and Marion’s mother, Eileen, is taken away, amid much confusion. What follows is a series of shocking and twisty secrets and lies that emerge. The story is told with a dual timeline and the perspectives of both Marion and Eileen, as we delve into the past to find out what happened to baby Caroline.

I found the characters very well drawn, and really didn’t know what to think. I liked Eileen, and she clearly had a really close relationship with Marion. But it certainly didn’t look good for her. There is a host of really strong female characters in this book, and the authentic characters, along with the totally gripping plot, make for a really addictive read.

I was totally caught up in this book, and hated having to put it down. I really needed to find out the truth.

Another superb dramatic, twisty and suspenseful novel from this wonderful author. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Author Bio:
Miranda Smith writes psychological and domestic suspense. She is drawn to stories about ordinary people in extraordinary situations. Before completing her first novel, she worked as a newspaper staff writer and a secondary English teacher. She lives in East Tennessee with her husband and three young children.

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