Bookouture puts out yet another fantastic read with Kelly Rimmer’s A Mother’s Confession. I know the old adage about never judging a book by its cover, but I’m sucker for gorgeous book covers, and this one definitely drew me in. Once I read the mini-blurb on the cover, I knew I had to read this book.
The story is told from the perspectives of two mothers—Olivia and Ivy Gillespie—in alternating chapters. In Olivia’s part of the story, we learn details about her courtship and marriage to David, and the birth of daughter Zoe. With Ivy, we learn about her relationship with husband, Wyatt, and how David was raised from birth to manhood.
Ivy’s whole world revolved around David. She was an extremely protective mother who thought David could do no wrong. When teenaged David becomes more interested in girls than spending time with his mother, Ivy is jealous and feels no girl David is infatuated with is good enough for her son; she only has to find a way to make him see that for himself. When David goes to college and begins dating Olivia, however, she’s unsuccessful in her endeavors, and gains a daughter-in-law she didn’t want—and whom she will ultimately blame for the death of her beloved son.
Olivia wanted more than being just a wife and mother; she wanted a career, as well. The life she envisioned for herself changed once her relationship with David turned serious. By the time they married, she was estranged from her family, and she rarely went anywhere without David at her side. On the surface, Olivia seemed to have it all… a handsome, respected, successful husband, a luxurious home, a beautiful baby girl, and a successful career of her own… but appearances can be deceiving. When David dies, Olivia is shattered and struggles to put the pieces of her life back together again.
I simply could not put this book down. For a day and a half, I lived in Olivia’s world, compelled to keep turning the page. That “breathtaking twist” mentioned on the cover? It definitely lived up to its promise… and that’s all I’ll say about that.
Kelly Rimmer, you’ve earned a spot on my Author Radar with this brilliantly written novel. I can’t wait to read more of your work.
To everyone reading this review: If you haven’t read this author yet, I strongly recommend you do so… and suggest you begin with this riveting novel.
Author: Kelly Rimmer
Title: A Mother’s Confession
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Published: October 28th 2016 by Bookouture
About the Book
‘He’s dead and I’m safe, but I’m still scared. Sometimes I actually miss him, but then in the very next breath I find that I hate him so much that I hope there is a hell, just so that he can be suffering like he left me here to suffer.’
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 Daughter and Me Without You comes another emotionally gripping and gut-wrenching read about love, loss and the strength of a mother’s love.
About the Author
When Kelly’s childhood friends grew out of make-believe games, she realised she’d have to become a writer (or join the real world with them, but that seemed far too dull). Several decades later, she lives in rural Australia with her husband Daniel and their two young children.
Author photo via Goodreads.
Author bio via Bookouture.