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The Wrong Mother (Simon Waterhouse & Charlie Zailer Series #3) [NOOK Book]

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A chilling, compulsively readable novel of psychological suspense from the author of The Dead Lie Down and The Other Woman’s House

Sally Thorning is watching the news with her husband one night when she hears an unexpected name—Mark Bretherick. It’s a name she shouldn’t know, but last year after a business trip canceled at the last minute, Sally treated herself to a secret vacation—away from her hectic family life—and met a man. After their ...
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The Wrong Mother (Simon Waterhouse & Charlie Zailer Series #3)

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Overview


A chilling, compulsively readable novel of psychological suspense from the author of The Dead Lie Down and The Other Woman’s House

Sally Thorning is watching the news with her husband one night when she hears an unexpected name—Mark Bretherick. It’s a name she shouldn’t know, but last year after a business trip canceled at the last minute, Sally treated herself to a secret vacation—away from her hectic family life—and met a man. After their brief affair, the two planned to never meet again. All the details are the same: his job, where he lives, his wife Geraldine and daughter Lucy. But the photograph on the news is not the man Sally knew. And now Geraldine and Lucy are dead.
 
The third book in Sophie Hannah’s acclaimed Zailer and Waterhouse series, The Wrong Mother delivers white knuckle suspense and Hannah’s trademark plot twists, and is perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn and Ruth Rendell.
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Editorial Reviews

Marilyn Stasio
Hannah goes in for all those bizarre plot twists and outlandish behaviors that have come to define the psychological-suspense story, but she does it with style and wit. And while these Gothic chords bring a dissonant note to the realistic chapters written in the police-procedural format, they can't muffle the voices of the women in this story who persist in speaking intimately and honestly about the pressures on them as supermoms.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
Sally Thorning, part-time environment rescuer and full-time mother, struggles to maintain her sanity and juggle the overwhelming demands of work and home in this superior psychological mystery from British author Hannah (Little Face). During a week away from her husband and children, Sally has a brief affair. A year later a local headline tragedy—Sally's lover's wife appears to have murdered her six-year-old daughter then committed suicide—reveals that Sally's lover was not who he claimed to be and she needs to find out why. After surviving a shove in front of a bus, Sally re-examines that unwise affair as she plays amateur detective and nearly loses all she values in the process. The story alternates between Sally's confessional and a tight police procedural interspersed with evidence—pages torn from the diary of the alleged daughter-killer. Paced like a ticking time bomb with flawlessly distinct characterization, this is a fiercely fresh and un-put-downable read. 5-city author tour. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101159453
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/29/2009
  • Series: Simon Waterhouse & Charlie Zailer Series , #3
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 138,056
  • File size: 599 KB

Meet the Author

Sophie Hannah


Sophie Hannah is the bestselling author of eight novels and is also an award-winning poet. Her new Hercule Poirot mystery, the first to be sanctioned by the Agatha Christie estate, will be published in September 2014. She lives in Cambridge, England, with her husband and two children, and is a Fellow Commoner at Lucy Cavendish College.


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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted November 17, 2009

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    Readers wont guess this ending!

    The story centers around Sally Thorning & a brief affair she had a year ago with Mark Bretherin. Sally hears on the news that Marks family has been killed & when they show Marks pic-it isnt the man she knows as Mark. Sally tries to sort out who Mark really is, and the story takes off from there. Readers will enjoy the mystery from the cops perspective, and Sally's until it all comes together in the last climatic chapter. I couldnt put this book down. Lots of interwoven storylines and characters makes this a great mystery I couldnt piece together & when it all together-wow!!! Critics were right when they said it was like a ticking time bomb waiting to go off.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2009

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    Looking for a new twist in crime novels? This is it.

    I've read a lot of crime novels and am somewhat jaded. This book is quite refreshing. Totally unpredictable, even for the experienced crime novel/mystery thriller fan. Can't wait to read more of Sophie Hannah's books.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2009

    Great read!

    This book was enthralling - I did not want to put it down - had to keep reading to find out the ending, which was a big surprise!! I definitely have to read Hannah's other books now.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2009

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    Sally had an affair. She was exhausted and in desperate need of a break. When her business trip was unexpectedly cancelled, she decided to get away anyway. She met Mark and their tryst began. They talked about lives they lead, about their work and about their families. When the vacation came to an end, the two parted ways thinking they would never see each other again.

    One night while Sally and her husband are watching TV and to Sally's surprise, Mark's name comes up on the news. To her surprise, his wife and child have both been killed. When they show Mark's picture, Sally realizes that the man she was with was not really Mark, her short term lover was using the identity of someone else. Now she is in panic mode and scared for her family. Will she be able to protect her family from this madman that she once shared a bed with?

    I'm addicted. Now I have to go out and buy all of her other books. Seriously. This was a phenomenal read that blew my mind. I actually received an ARC of this at the beginning of the summer, so I had actually read it a while ago. I am still in a daze over how wonderfully thrilling this book was. If you aren't going to buy it, at least enter my giveaway because I really think you all could get hooked on Sophie's writing. If you do, maybe we could start a club. LOL.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013

    WOW

    Gripping, immersive, practically impossible to put down! Totally surprised by "who did it". I love the writing style, switching POVs and all. The ending was lovely; all lines tied up and (mostly) happy, justice meted out. Sally's POV was terrifying and the "villain's" perfectly chilling.
    I didn't know this was the end of a series, but I wanted Simon and Charlie together from the moment I met them. Great chemistry and characterization. Now I need to read the rest!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2011

    Horrible

    Horrible read for people who are not Brittish. Very disappointed in book. It made no sense at all, very hard to follow. I'm sorry I wasted my money on this garbage.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2011

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    Very Suspenseful!

    Set in a small city in England, this novel is absolutely riveting. A mother and her young daughter have been murdered - or is it suicide? -and the police are on the job - when they aren't trying to sort out their tangled relationships and resentments. Two other mothers with young daughters are key to the plot as well, and their stories include adultery, obsession, and the stress of parenting small children. This last is a recurring theme in the story, and anyone who has dealt with some of the difficult aspects of child rearing will be sympathetic, perhaps even to the extreme reactions here. Filled with twists and turns, and an unexpected resolution.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2010

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    If you love mysteries - this one will have you on the edge of your seat!

    Pyscological triller/murder mystery - this book has so many twitsts and turns it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Hang on to the ride with is one. This was the first Sofphie Hannah book I've read and it was worth the read. I'll have to check out some of her other books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

    Most confusing book I've ever read

    Actually I put it away after reading about a third of the book. There are a zillion characters but no character development. On top of that the author makes significant errors and confuses further by misnaming some of the characters. This was a very odd book, I would recommend it to no one, and if you must, get it from your library, DO NOT waste money buying this one!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2014

    I think there may be a disconnect for me when it comes to unders

    I think there may be a disconnect for me when it comes to understanding British suspense/mystery writing vs. American. This story and its premise started out very good, but then too many inconsequential characters kept getting added to the story line, making it very hard to follow. I did not understand why the police officers seemed constantly annoyed with one another. When a female character described a male character in complimentary terms, one of the officers had to resist the urge to hit her. I didn't understand what was going on in his head. I also did not understand the near constant ruminations many of them had about each other's sex lives. It had nothing to do with the story. And I still don't understand what led the police to start digging in the garden that led to a discovery of two bodies. Too much of this story just didn't make sense to me--and I think it may have been cultural. What started out as an interesting premise, ended up being very difficult to finish. I  ran into similar problems trying to understand Ruth Rendell mysteries--where the explanation for everyithing seems to be that the criminal was psychotic. Others may enjoy this, but it wasn't for me. 

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  • Posted July 15, 2013

    This book had potential to be great, but instead, the story line

    This book had potential to be great, but instead, the story line got lost in a maze of characters and unimportant side stories.. The characters were unlikable and I found it difficult to maintain a connection with them. Too much time was spent on unimportant characters (wives and lovers of various detectives), while more central characters were never developed or made to feel "real". The book seemed about 50 or 60 pages too long; maybe more concise and focused story telling would have kept my interest. After several attempts, I did finish the book and did enjoy the plot twist...although it was not unexpected. I can't recommend this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    Great read

    Love this book !

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  • Posted July 8, 2012

    This book seemed to drag a bit. There were so many characters a

    This book seemed to drag a bit. There were so many characters and story lines I didn't feel like I knew or cared about any of the characters. I did like the way most of the story lines came together at the end with an interesting plot twist.

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  • Posted April 18, 2012

    A bit confusing

    The book overall was good, but I thought it was a bit confusing and hard to follow.

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  • Posted March 7, 2011

    Huge plot error (spoiler)

    I was enjoying this book immensely. I couldn't quite figure out who the "scrote" was (the author's word, not mine!) or why s/he did it. About 2/3 of the way through the book, something major happens and the police (who had seemed relatively intelligent up to that point) failed to take some very obvious steps (like looking for a parent's name on a birth certificate or in school records for example!!) that then required a few more days and other plot twists and turns to actually figure out the identity of a person that--duh!--should have been instantaneous. This glaring error by the author just put me off of the book entirely. I finished the book, and, yes, there was a neat twist at the end, but by the this time, I had decided that many of the characters (including the entire police department and the main character's spouse) were a bunch of dolts (my word, not the author's).

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2010

    Great book! Kept me guessing til the very end.

    Read it!!

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  • Posted August 23, 2010

    Not that great.

    I read the back of the book and thought this would be a good thriller. But it wasn't that good of a book. The author seems to drag out the story. It doesn't have much drama or thrill to it until the end. There are some good parts in the book but overall I feel it was a waste of money. I really don't care for Sophie Hannah's writing style. I read one of her other books, only because I bought both books at the same time. I didn't like either one. I will not buy another Sophie Hannah book again.

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  • Posted March 21, 2010

    Many More Than 5 Stars

    I enjoy many books but it's a rare one that captures my attention on page 1. I absolutely could not put this one down and spent my weekend doing nothing but reading. READ IT! I loved the mystery rather than the blood and gore that is mass-produced these days. Thank you, Sophie Hannah.

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    Posted August 24, 2011

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