The Wrong Mother (Zailer & Waterhouse Series #3)

The Wrong Mother (Zailer & Waterhouse Series #3)

by Sophie Hannah
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The Wrong Mother (Zailer & Waterhouse Series #3) by Sophie Hannah

A chilling, compulsively readable novel of psychological suspense from the author of Little Face and The Carrier

Sally Thorning is watching the news with her husband when she hears a name she never thought she'd hear again: Mark Bretherick.

It's a name she shouldn't recognize. Last year, a work trip Sally had planned was canceled at the last minute. Desperate for a break from juggling her job and a young family, Sally didn't tell her husband that the trip had fallen through. Instead, she treated herself to a secret vacation in a remote hotel. While she was there, Sally met a man—Mark Bretherick. All the details are the same: where he lives, his job, his wife Geraldine and daughter Lucy. Except that the photograph on the news is of a man Sally has never seen before. And Geraldine and Lucy Bretherick are both dead...

With the international bestseller Little Face, Sophie Hannah established herself as a striking new voice in psychological suspense. The Wrong Mother, a riveting exploration of a mother's unspeakable betrayal, confirms her reputation as a master of the form. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143116301
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/29/2009
Series: Zailer & Waterhouse Series , #3
Edition description: Original
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 419,260
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sophie Hannah is the internationally bestselling author of nine psychological thrillers, which have been more in twenty countries. Her Hercule Poirot mystery, the first to be sanctioned by the Agatha Christie estate, was published in 2014. Hannah is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and as a poet has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. She lives in Cambridge, England, with her husband and two children.

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Wrong Mother 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
NinnyJC More than 1 year ago
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.
momto3MT More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
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.
JustMyTwoCents More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
emmi331 More than 1 year ago
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.
GtzLstNRding More than 1 year ago
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.
Been_There_Done_That More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved every twist and turn! I didn’t want to put it down! This book has all the elements of a thrill ride of a movie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not bad, but not great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The differences in taste in books can be unreal.This one goes ftom one extreme to another in the reviews.I guess you would need to read the sample on this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book started out good, but got very confusing. I don't reccomend it
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Love this book !
georgousIK More than 1 year ago
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.
JenQIPM More than 1 year ago
The book overall was good, but I thought it was a bit confusing and hard to follow.
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