Her Mother's Lies: A gripping psychological thriller with a stunning twist

Her Mother's Lies: A gripping psychological thriller with a stunning twist

by Rona Halsall


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WOW!!! Amazing, phenomenal, unputdownable.’ NetGalley Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Hooked from the first page!’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Utterly gobsmacked... unputdownable.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Easily one of the best books I have read this year.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A jaw-dropping, heart-stopping page turner.’ By the Letter Book Reviews ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Gripping... mind-blowing!.’ NetGalley Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

It doesn't get any better than this.’ NetGalley Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

What if the person you trust most in the world, has been lying to you for your whole life?

Martha would do anything for her devoted mother, Fran. Now in her mid-twenties, Martha still lives with her in their remote, pretty cottage in the Cornish countryside. Fran paints illustrations, while Martha trains to be an animal nurse.

But then Martha sees a strange message on her mother’s phone – apparently from her estranged father.

He had been there for her first steps. He’d helped with her homework, and taken her for ice cream at weekends. And then, two days before her ninth birthday, he walked out. She never knew what went wrong, and she and Fran never heard from him again.

Desperate for answers, she tracks him down. But when they come face-to-face, she isn’t ready for the brutal truth.

Closing his eyes he says, ‘She hasn’t told you, has she? I’m not your father.’

Her mother has been telling lies.

And not just about who her real father is…

A page-turning, gripping psychological thriller for fans of Paula Hawkins, Shalini Boland, and C. L. Taylor.

Readers are loving Her Mother’s Lies:

Wow wow wow!!... I was hooked from the first page!... Instantly grips you… So many twists... Kept me guessing right until the very end. A very easy five stars from me. Highly recommended!’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

WOW!!! Amazing, phenomenal, unputdownable… It doesn't get any better than this.’ NetGalley Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘It's been a long time since I have read a book that has made me feel utterly gobsmacked. If life hadn't been in the way, I could easily have read Her Mother's Lies in one sitting, it was unputdownable. An easy 5 stars from me!’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘A page turning, thrilling book… easily one of the best books I have read this year.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘I was in shock. This author sure knows how to pack a punch. Rocky Balboa has nothing on [her] when it comes to knocking the breath out of me... a jaw dropping, heart stopping page turner of a read. It should come with a warning as I could feel my heart racing towards the end as the revelations came thick and fast. I can still feel the adrenaline now coursing through me just thinking about it.’ By the Letter Book Reviews ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Fantastic… did not see that ending coming at all’ NetGalley Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781838880712
Publisher: Storyfire Ltd
Publication date: 10/23/2019
Pages: 314
Sales rank: 333,857
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.70(d)

Customer Reviews

Her Mother's Lies: A gripping psychological thriller with a stunning twist 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Denice_L 11 months ago
Suspend all expectations and dive head first into this book! There is nothing, I repeat nothing, in this book that plays out the way you think it, and it's absolutely fantastic! Rona Halsall has given us a small cast of characters and set them inside a huge, unravelling story. Martha finds her life is built on lies her mother told her years ago. As she discovers the truth, the lengths her mother has gone to hide will surprise you. This is a great book. I'm telling everyone I know to read this one now!
JM Free Kicks Fiction More than 1 year ago
As always, Ms. Halsall delivers with a psychological thriller that kept me guessing until almost the very end. I love the way this author writes: there is always a moment in the story that makes me go back and re-read a section or two because I made assumptions that were not accurate (makes for twisty and interesting reading). I thought the characters were realistic and were victims of their own decisions. This was a twisty read and I highly recommend it. For a detailed review, please visit my blog at Fireflies and Free Kicks Fiction Reviews. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for a complimentary, pre-release, digital ARC of this book.
kmjessica More than 1 year ago
This book started out very slow for me. I felt like it went on and on and could have been shorter. When I finished reading the story I felt satisfied and I liked it but it wasn't amazing to me. The twist in the story didn't come until the last third of the book and then by then I had guessed the other twists in the book. It was a good book and I'm glad I got the chance to read it but I only give it 3 stars.
Jacquelines62 More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be slow to start with me, and I have learnt that I like a book to hook me from that first page, I want it to be fast paced, but once I started through a few chapters, the pace picked up a bit. So many secrets and so many lies. I couldn’t feel sorry for some of the characters, because they had ruined lives, through lies. The one person I actually felt for was Martha, because her life dramatically changed, her father Greg had left when she was 9, she hadn’t seen or heard from him since then. Her mum Fran was an alcoholic, obese, diabetic who didn’t seem to look after herself, and seemed to rely on Martha a lot. Martha loses her job when her boss Pete dies, Martha is devastated not just at the loss of her job, but at the loss of Pete as he had been like a father to her. Martha has to go home and tell her mum now that she won’t be bringing any money in. She knew it was also going to be tough to get another job, because her mum had moved them years ago to a village in the backend of nowhere down near Cornwall, they couldn’t afford a car and Martha had failed her driving test 3 times. The only person Martha feels she can confide in is Izzy, who listens, and when Martha is taken into hospital for her diabetes and a heart attack, Izzy comes to Martha’s aid. The story is told from several points of view mainly Martha and Fran, the timescale jumps a couple of times but that is easy to follow and is necessary for the story to be explained. But there are so many secrets and lies, but as each one comes out, it leaves even more questions. This is a complex story, with a web of lies that need unravelling, and it wouldn’t be a psychological thriller if it didn’t have that twist at the end that you just didn’t see coming. I enjoyed this once I had got into the story. Thank you to #netgalley and #bookouture for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
nataliaramlal21 More than 1 year ago
Her Mother's Lies is a well-plotted story about a young woman who discovers that her mother has been lying to her, her entire life. It's a twisty tale of family secrets, deceit, and the lengths a mother can go to to protect her child. This book is set in the Cornish countryside and is told from the perspectives of Martha and her mother Fran. The plot was intriguing and provided just the right amount of tension and suspense to keep me guessing. The characters were complex and interesting. Martha was the only likable character in my opinion. My heart really went out to her for having to put up with such a selfish, toxic mother like Fran. The last few chapters were action-packed and full of twists and turns. Overall, I really liked this book and will read more by this author. If you like thrillers about family dramas and dysfunctional families then this is the book for you. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
RobinLovesReading More than 1 year ago
My Rating: 4.5 Stars Martha has had a missing piece in her life for years. She remembers a loving father that did a lot of things with her. However, all she can remember is that after her ninth birthday, she never saw him again. She never was able to get much of an answer about her father from her mother. When she discovers a rather odd message on her mother's phone, Martha feels it is finally time for her find the answers she most desperately needs. She does a remarkable job and she finally finds him. Martha is devastated beyond belief when he actually tells her that he is not her father. Fran isn't saying a word. Fortunately Martha meets Izzy and they become fast friends. Izzy becomes extremely helpful and this is really a good thing. This is so because what Martha has to learn about her father's identity is really too much to bear. There is someone else in Martha's life at this point, her neighbor Anna. Anna is also there for Martha. Boy as I was reading this I felt that Martha might have wished she never wanted to know the truth. Her Mother's Lies was a very well-written story. It made complete sense as to why Martha's mother chose to lie to her. Logical, but extremely heart-breaking. Martha has a lot to discover, and as a result, a lot to deal with. What Martha learns about her mother Fran makes perfect sense when it comes to seeing why her mother has deteriorated. Martha resents her mother's drinking. She resents being the primary breadwinner. Her feelings of anger towards her mother grow exponentially the closer she gets to Izzy. There were a lot of surprises in this book. This is a story about lies and secrets. I uldn't help but turn the pages quickly one after another. I felt for Martha when it came to her dealing with her mother, and especially how she was forced to deal with the revelations as they were exposed. This is an excellent read and my second by Rona Halsall. She writes great twisty tales that definitely capture my attention. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
LlamaJen More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book, although some parts were rather slow. It wasn't too hard to figure out the true identity of Izzy, but I wasn't expecting what she revealed. The book was definitely full of twists and turns. Pretty much every single person in Martha's life lied to her, and she ended up living an extremely sheltered life. She seemed more like a teenager than someone in their twenties. She was very trusting of strangers and never thought Izzy acted strange. I wasn't a fan of any of the characters. Fran really wasn't that great of a mother, she kept her daughter home from college because she didn't want to be alone, spent all her money on alcohol and was in debt up to ears and of course lied about everything. I think I was expecting something else after reading the description of the book. The best art of the book was finally finding out who was behind everything. I loved the author' s previous books and look forward to reading more. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bookouture through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
BobbieLCLA More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of HER MOTHER’S LIES by Rona Halsall in exchange for an honest review. Martha feels trapped. Her mother is a shut-in alcoholic who frequently steals what little money Martha makes to buy more booze. Martha wants a better life, but her controlling mother Fran thwarts any attempts Martha has to educate, to otherwise better herself, or to escape their isolated village. When Martha unexpectedly loses her job, her mother goes on a bender and ends up comatose in the hospital. Now, Martha must deal with Fran’s hospitalization while she also grieves the death of a beloved friend. Previously denied access to any information about their living situation, Martha begins to uncover the extent of her mother’s dishonest machinations. Martha learns her mother lied to her about how her father abandoned her and about how he no longer loved her while Fran actually kept in touch with him and regularly traded him updates about Martha for money. When Martha seeks out her father, the meeting doesn’t go as expected; the man she has always loved denounces her, and Martha lashes out. Martha turns to an internet friend for help and consolation, but the lies continue to unravel, and soon, Martha finds out her entire life is a lie. I recommend this book to fans of psychological thrillers involving family disfunction. The deceit was pervasive, and the truths were as bad or worse than the lies. Very twisty. #HerMothersLies #NetGalley
Rhonda-Runner1 More than 1 year ago
Great story line about Martha, a young adult whose boss has just died and she is out of a job now. She lives with her alcoholic mum who is an illustrator who is now doing more drinking than working. Martha always wondered why her father left suddenly when she was 9 and they suddenly had to move to where they did not not anyone. Martha's mother, Fran, suffers a heart attack and little by little Martha realizes that her mother has lied to her over the years about their family dynamics. There are lots of surprises in this book. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of this very good book in exchange for an honest review.
JillB1 More than 1 year ago
What a great book -starts slowly and build to an explosive ending. Martha lives with her alcoholic manipulative. Other who is forever upending them and moving to yet another anonymous area. When Martha discovers her missing father the story becomes twisty and surprising and the reader is left wondering where the truth really lies. Thoroughly good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, what a book!!!!! This was my first book by this author and it sure did not disappoint. This book was about a young woman trying to figure out who she was. Martha was told a man named Greg was her father all her life but that was a lie. There were many lies told to her by her mom. Martha had to find the courage to face these lies and her mother in order for her to find the real truth about herself. I want to start off by saying that the book did start off very slow and you might not like Martha very much. Martha at the very beginning was very timid and did not stick up for herself especially when it came to her mother. By the end of the book though she did find her voice and I ended up liking her very much. Martha’s mother is not very likable either but does redeem herself as well at the end. She finally told Martha the truth and realized how wrong she was to hide it from her. I do want to talk about the ending cause that was what made the book. I never saw all the twists and turns coming that this book had in store. It was like I was on a roller coaster ride that I never wanted to get off from. I was truly shocked by what happened and the truths that came out that I could not believe what I was reading. The ending was definitely worth the wait. Between the plot, characters and all the twists in this book it made it an easy and fast read. I would definitely recommend it and happily give it 5 Hearts??????????
CCinME More than 1 year ago
The first two-thirds were slow for me and then all of a sudden it took off. I liked the author's style and writing, the characters are all unreliable and not very likeable. All in all, a good read.
Janice Lombardo More than 1 year ago
Domestic thriller! Deceit, lies and addiction. This is what 24 year old Martha faces as she goes to meet (for first time in 15 years) her dad. Job loss, sudden death, debt, and taking care of her alcoholic mother, all contribute to Martha's downward spiral. An excellent domestic thriller with a fresh twist always ahead. HIGHLY recommend! Many Thanks to Bookouture & NetGalley for a brilliant read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After fifteen years of wondering why, Martha finally confronts her father for deserting her when she was only nine years old. This fateful decision is the match that sets the family tree on fire. Long-silenced secrets are voiced, betrayals are unearthed, and 'Mum' becomes a four-letter word. How poor Martha made it through all that drama without self-medicating is a mystery to me. Although at times I became frustrated with the pacing, it was a well-executed tale and an entertaining read. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture, and Rona Hatsall for an ARC of 'Her Mother's Lies' in exchange for an honest and voluntary review.
LibrosHappyblog More than 1 year ago
Before, Martha was a happy child who lived with her parents. She loved to play as all kids and at school she had a lot of friends. The relationship with her father was very good, they shared games and laughter. She was daddy’s little girl. Her mother was attentive, smiling and always looking out for Martha. They used to go to the school activities together. Sometimes her classmates came to play and have a snack at her home and others were she who went to visit them. Everything was simple. This was and has been so far the best time in Martha’s life. She had it all, she didn’t need anything else. And thereafter, everything changed. Her father left home and was never heard from again. Not a letter, not a call, nothing. It was as if the earth had swallowed him or as if he had never existed. Ever since her relationship with her mother became toxic. Based on lies, and in an unhealthy dependency that has completely isolated them from everyone around them. Fifteen years have passed and Martha finds her father. Without a second thought she goes looking for him. She needs answers to so many years of silence. But above all she wants to know what happened so he’d leave like that all of a sudden. She never imagined that when she found him, she would have one of the biggest surprises of her life. I couldn’t help but empathize with Martha from the start. It’s a character that has inspired me so much sorrow and tenderness. She’s never had it easy but suddenly her life falls apart more and more and she doesn’t know what to hold on to anymore. She’s lost the few certainties she had. She no longer knows who or what to believe, she feels helpless and overcome by the situation but still she doesn’t give up and try to find a solution, a way out of all this chaos. In Her Mother’s Lies nothing is what it seems. Is written from two different points of view. The plot unfolds as if by layers and each is more complex than the previous, same thing that happens with characters that are also twisted. In this story it is difficult to foresee what will happen next. With a reading rate that goes up and up with each page, full of unexpected twists of those who leave you stranded and speechless. A fast-paced read.