The Wrong Mother

The Wrong Mother

Book - 2009
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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.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2009.
ISBN: 9780143116301
Branch Call Number: FIC Hanna
Characteristics: 415 pages ; 21 cm


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Dec 19, 2016

The Point of Rescue (2008)
(The Wrong Mother)
(The third book in the Culver Valley Crime series)

debwalker Jun 18, 2015

Hooked on Hannah! Now going through the rest of her books and recommending them for escapist summer reading....maybe not so escapist - how women's lives can go from ho-hum "normal" to a nightmare in a heartbeat. Well-written with twisty / twisted plotlines.

Jan 09, 2015

The back cover of this book enticed me to read it. Sally Thorning sees a news broadcast; Geraldine Bretherick and her daughter, Lucy, are dead - the result of an apparent murder-suicide. The father, Mark Bretherick, is shown on the news broadcast. The mystery is that Sally had an affair with a man called Mark Bretherick the previous year; a man with a wife called Geraldine and a daughter called Lucy. But this man is not the Mark Bretherick she knew.

What begins as a promising thriller gets convoluted and unbelievable. I was hoping that there would be an interesting twist at the end, rather than something that comes out of left field. The story seemed to unravel near the three-quarter mark and went downhill from there. I will say, however, that Sophie Hannah writes extremely well and others may enjoy the ending more than I did.

shalinibafna Apr 16, 2013

I have returned the book!

polar_bear Dec 18, 2011

I enjoyed the book, largely because I mostly had no idea where the author was going with the plot, sort of a roller coaster effect. Maybe a bit on the zany side. The ending is a huge surprise.

sjmitra Jul 11, 2011

Promising start tapers off to an implausible, silly plot and unrealistic characters. However, the diary entries about motherhood / parenting are stark and uncompromisingly honest. That, and only that, makes this book readable.

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