Title: A Mother’s Confession
Author: Kelly Rimmer
Pub. Date: 10/28/2016
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Your husband took his own life. Tell the truth and destroy what’s left of your family. Or keep a secret that will tear you apart. What would you do?
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.
My Review: 5/5
I have come to the conclusion that every book published by Bookouture is a must read. I just finished A Mother’s Confession and I can’t move. So much emotion is flowing through me right now.
This story is about two women dealing with the suicide David, a prominent man in a small town. It is told from the perspectives of Olivia (David’s wife) and Ivy (David’s mom). There are underlying secrets: what was really behind David’s death; what lead up to it and who was to blame?
I absolutely loved Olivia’s character. Early on we learn that she was in a controlling, abusive relationship with David. The details are horrifying as she copes with his loss and holds on to the the most precious thing in her life, her baby Zoe. We enter the healing journey with Olivia as she visits her therapist and re-lives the devastating moments in her marriage. We also witness her strength in moving on from The Tragedy as she develops a new friendship with her real estate agent, returns to work as a veterinarian, and faces Sebastian (her boss, friend, and confidant).
Then there is Ivy. Ugh, I hated that woman. In her eyes, David could do no wrong. He is her angel, her perfect Davey. It was absolutely disgusting. I couldn’t decide if she was naive or just oblivious to everything. When Olivia shows up at her house for dinner with a black eye, she actually convinces herself (and everyone else) that Olivia provoked David and deserved it! What?! How can a person be that awful and turn her head to the evil of abuse that is right in front of her? Especially since she is a women!
The cover of the book says there is a heartbreaking twist. I’ve read so many books that most of the time I can figure out the twist or at least pick up on some clues. This twist completely shocked me! I could not put the book down and was glued to every single word! Kelly Rimmer does a great job of tying everything together and laying out the entire story from both points of view. It is a story that will definitely stay with me for awhile.
***A HUGE thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for a copy in exchange for my unbiased opinion.