I am delighted to share my review today for The Mother by TM Logan. I do love this author’s books and this one was another brilliant read.
My huge thanks to Tracy Fenton at Compulsive Readers for the invite to the tour and for arranging my hardback copy from the publisher – Zaffre Books
Framed for murder. Now she’s free . . .
A woman attends a funeral, standing in the shadows and watching in agony as her sons grieve. But she is unable to comfort them – or reveal her secret.
A decade earlier, Heather gets her children ready for bed and awaits the return of her husband Liam, little realising that this is the last night they will spend together as a family. Because tomorrow she will be accused of Liam’s murder.
Ten years ago Heather lost everything. Now she will stop at nothing to clear her name – and to get her children back.
This is an author who I will automatically want to read when a new book comes out. I have only just glanced at the synopsis for the first time as I write this review.
Heather, a mum and wife has spent the last 10 years in prison accused of murdering her husband. The media had a field day with her during the trial and this is something that is becoming more common as people judge a victim by social media. It makes it very difficult for Heather to be heard, for her to be believed and even the police found that the evidence neatly fitted their suspicion of her being the culprit. Neatly fitted, but not all entirely though. Heather has always proclaimed her innocence and now she is out she wants to prove it.
The author tells of Heather and Liam’s busy life and the run-up to his death, the questioning by the police and then of her release. trying to find anyone who could help her find information about her case is nigh on impossible. But there is a disgraced journalist who may be able to help.
With a limit to her resources and being on probation she has to tread a fine line so she doesn’t find herself back in prison. She has to do this though or she will never see her sons again.
This is a tense and very fast-paced story, there are several threads that run throughout and each one is tantalising and just kept me turning the pages. Even though Heather is consistent in her being innocent it seems that she has a mountain to battle her way up. As she starts asking questions though blocks and barricades are placed in her way. These are not something to be taken lightly and the ever-present threat of danger is something that is consistently there throughout the story.
There are various theories that are banded about in the story and each one is plausible. Red herrings, well there are a few of those and again they help to keep up the intrigue and suspense.
This is a fabulous story and one that has many twists and runs off on unexpected turns, but at no time is it confusing. It is a story that once you begin you will not want to put down, well I didn’t. I needed to know how it would end, who was responsible and what the final cost would be.
Ideal for fans of crime thrillers that have family and truth at its centre. I adored this book a lot and it is one I would definitely recommend.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
T.M. Logan is a Sunday Times bestseller whose thrillers have sold more than 1 million copies in the UK and are published in 18 countries around the world. The Holiday was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick and will soon be a major TV drama. Formerly a national newspaper journalist, he now writes full-time and lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife and two children.
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