Sunday, March 12, 2023

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Books On Tour: The Mother Next Door by Leah Mercer


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 honestI’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.

A gripping and addictive psychological suspense about dark obsession, intense motherly love and how far we will go to protect those we love the most. Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, Adele Parks and Sally Hepworth.


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Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐

Who can you trust with your children? Well, chances are, after reading The Mother Next Door, it won't be the neighbor. At best, you'll be second-guessing yourself. The book is a quick read with a good pace. It's twisted, and there are secrets to learn. We have 4 narrators, most of which aren't exactly trustworthy, so it certainly keeps you busy sussing out the answers. I will say that the story is rather predictable, but it's still an entertaining read for those who like these twisted stories. Psychological thriller is one of my favorite genres, so I gobble them up any chance I get, and this is a good one, predictable or not. Things are intense, and there are plenty of questions that need answering, so I was more than happy to tag along for those answers. If you like tense thrillers, I'd suggest giving this one a gander. It's the kind of story that keeps the pages turning late into the night.

Leah Mercer was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the east coast of Canada. Her first ambition was to be a journalist, but after completing a Master’s in Journalism, she soon realised she preferred anything other than reporting the news. After trying her hand at public relations, teaching and recruitment in various countries around the world, she finally settled in London and returned to writing…fiction, this time. Her first two novels, Who We Were Before and The Man I Thought You Were, were shortlisted at the UK’s Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards. Leah loves books, running and visiting historic houses with her husband and their son.

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