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The Wrong Mother: A Novel by Sophie Hannah

The Wrong Mother: A Novel (original 2008; edition 2009)

by Sophie Hannah

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Title:The Wrong Mother: A Novel
Authors:Sophie Hannah
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (2009), Edition: Original, Paperback, 432 pages

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The Wrong Mother by Sophie Hannah (2008)

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Whodunnits are not my thing in general, but I am hesitating between 2 and three, probably coming marginally closer to 3 stars than 2. The protagonist is written in 1st person, while all other points of view, seen about every other chapter, are in close 3rd. There were also some additional interesting ways of keeping the tension up, by building context around the main plot via sub-plots, and also keeping the work human by bringing in both class antagonism and parent vs. single or married without kids perspectives.
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  ShiraDest | Mar 6, 2019 |
In this entertaining psychological thriller by Sophie Hannah, Sally Thorning sees in the news a story about the death of a woman and the woman's 5-year-old daughter, the result of an apparent murder-suicide. What catches Sally's attention is not the story itself but the mention of the husband and father in this family - Mark Bretherick. One year ago Sally had a one-week fling with Mark Bretherick. Only this man on the news is not the Mark Bretherick she met one year ago. So who is the real Mark Bretherick? If the man on the news is the real Mark Bretherick, then who did she have a fling with one year ago? And now Mark Bretherick's wife and daughter are dead.

I enjoyed this tautly written novel that kept me guessing the whole time. An intriguing plot, sufficiently developed main and peripheral characters, and a doozy of a twist (or should I say multiple twists) at the end kept me riveted. Even though this was the first that I'd read of Hannah's Spilling CID series, there was no need to read the previous two books in the series in order to understand this one. It stands alone just fine. ( )
  niaomiya | Aug 10, 2018 |
Sally Thorning is watching the news with her husband when she hears an unexpected name, Mark Bretherick. It's a name she shouldn't know but last year 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. But now Mark's wife and daughter are dead, and the safety of Sally's own family is in doubt.

There were some lively and interesting characters in this story, including Sally. But Sally did things that didn’t make sense, were risky and got her into trouble, which made me lose interest. Some of the curious things going on in the plot made me keep reading though. In the last part of the book, there was a lot that had to be explained and it was confusing. Overall, just a so-so read. ( )
  gaylebutz | Mar 25, 2018 |
Third in the series is the charm! Great twisty plot involving mistaken identities, multiple murders, and miserable moms. The undercurrent of the difficulties between co-workers Charlie (female) and Simon (male, and whatever went wrong with your childhood?) continue and add both tension and relief to the main plot. As usual, Snowman is around to infuriate and ingratiate. This is a fantastic series and happily there are more to come. ( )
  froxgirl | Dec 5, 2016 |
Hannah throws the reader directly into the story without the pleased-to-meet-you introductions to so and so. What a confident and risky thing to do...but it works really well. The novel is refreshingly unconventional but comprehensible and sharp with lots of interesting stuff going on between many characters. And I especially like that the police don't all hang about in pubs or bars for half the book.

Very enjoyable; I look forward to reading more of Hannah's novels. ( )
  Bookish59 | Dec 28, 2015 |
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Shockingly (and refreshingly) blunt riffs about the violent emotions of motherhood and the familial yearnings of men, along with chilling and darkly funny revelations about lust and loyalty, make this novel one of the season's most absorbing reads.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0143116304, Paperback)

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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It's been a year since Sally Thorning's brief affair with Mark Bretherick. The two planned to never meet again. But now, Mark's wife and daughter are dead--and the safety of Sally's own family is in doubt.

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