My Mother’s Secret by Sanjida Kay #BookReview

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You can only hide for so long…

Lizzie Bradshaw. A student from the Lake District, forced to work away from home, who witnesses a terrible crime. But who will ultimately pay the price?

Emma Taylor. A mother, a wife, and a woman with a dangerous secret. Can she keep her beloved family safely together?

Stella Taylor. A disaffected teenager, determined to discover what her mother is hiding. But how far will she go to uncover the truth?

And one man, powerful, manipulative and cunning, who controls all their destinies.

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star three and a half

I’m not sure what’s going on with me lately but I’m still working on it to find my next top read. I really need to finish this review now because it is taking me forever to write something down and the funny part is that I actually liked the novel, I just wasn’t blown away by it. My Mother’s Secret is the second novel I read by Sanjida Kay and I do really enjoy this author’s style of writing so there is definitely that and right from the beginning the story had me hooked again. Differently from my first experience with her previous novel, The Stolen Child it didn’t have that same shocking quality though. It did have several twists but none of them really surprised me.

The story is narrated by Lizzy in the past and Emma and Stella (mother and daughter) in the present. It became clear that Emma knew things about Lizzy’s past and about her husband so I knew there was some connection, there was no denying that. Was she someone close or could it even be that she was Lizzy, but how and why? This little mystery was what actually kept me guessing the longest. Emma did make some strange decisions and I didn’t really like the way she treated her husband, seeking the company of another man. The story flowed nicely but it was all quite predictable, there was a lot of foreshadowing and I knew who everyone was before it was revealed.

There were some serious Gone Girl vibes weaved into the plot in the end and I did enjoy that part though so I’m hoping she’ll surprise me more next time, I’ll be her biggest fan again then.

I won a free copy of this novel in a Twitter giveaway. This is my honest opinion.

20 thoughts on “My Mother’s Secret by Sanjida Kay #BookReview

  1. As always, Sweetie, you are fair with your reviews. But even if this one didn’t quite hit the mark you are at least enjoying the author’s style. So maybe it was just the wrong book at the wrong time, we all get those. Hang in there.

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  2. Lovely review, Inge! I did enjoy this book, and although one twist really surprised me at the time, the others didn’t. I also found it an astonishing, unlikely coincidence (spoiler alert) that Emma ran into Paul randomly on the outskirts of Bristol when they had only previously known each other in the Lake District, which is about 300 miles away!!

    But I do really like Sanjida Kay as an author, she has a wonderful writing style. Hope you find your next amazing read soon! 🙂

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    • Ah I think we feel a bit similar about this one.. I thought it a very big coincidence too but I didn’t really mind :-).
      Oh now I’m curious what surprised you so much.. was it the not quite but almost at the end twist? I even knew that one right away although I have no clue what tipped me off because it wasn’t obvious. I do want to read other books of her too, I’m sure she’ll be able to surprise me again in the future. Thank you Stephen!

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    • I’m becoming a difficult reader and – sneak preview – we’re not out of the woods yet 😂 It doesn’t help that I always want to keep my fav authors for last instead of reading their books first… I want something to look forward to for as long as I can but it’s not so smart 😋


  3. Great review Inge, I love books that hook you in from the start. Less keen on predictable twists but I guess they’re better than the unpredictable ones which are totally unrealistic, if you know what I mean!

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