The Wrong Mother

The Wrong Mother A chilling exploration of a mother s unspeakable betrayal from the author of Little Face Sally Thorning is watching the news with her husband when she hears an unexpected name Mark Bretherick It s a n

  • Title: The Wrong Mother
  • Author: Sophie Hannah
  • ISBN: 9781101159453
  • Page: 280
  • Format: ebook
  • A chilling exploration of a mother s unspeakable betrayal from the author of Little Face 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 toA chilling exploration of a mother s unspeakable betrayal from the author of Little Face 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 Sophie Hannah established herself as a new master of psychological suspense with her previous novel, Little Face Now with accomplished prose and a plot guaranteed to keep readers guessing, The Wrong Mother is Hannah s most captivating work yet.

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    About “Sophie Hannah”

    1. Sophie Hannah

      Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction, published in 27 countries In 2013, her latest novel, The Carrier, won the Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the Specsavers National Book Awards Two of Sophie s crime novels, The Point of Rescue and The Other Half Lives, have been adapted for television and appeared on ITV1 under the series title Case Sensitive in 2011 and 2012 In 2004, Sophie won first prize in the Daphne Du Maurier Festival Short Story Competition for her suspense story The Octopus Nest, which is now published in her first collection of short stories, The Fantastic Book of Everybody s Secrets Sophie has also published five collections of poetry Her fifth, Pessimism for Beginners, was shortlisted for the 2007 T S Eliot Award Her poetry is studied at GCSE, A level and degree level across the UK From 1997 to 1999 she was Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge, and between 1999 and 2001 she was a fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford She is forty one and lives with her husband and children in Cambridge, where she is a Fellow Commoner at Lucy Cavendish College She is currently working on a new challenge for the little grey cells of Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie s famous detective.

    345 thoughts on “The Wrong Mother”

    1. The first fifth or so of this book was excellent - strong, unique voices and a perfect, slightly chilling tone to otherwise innocuous words. Then all sorts of little things came together to make the book dissatisfying. The cast of characters seemed too big for the author to handle, certainly too big for me to care about learning to distinguish them. There was one too many twist that seemed to come out of nowhere, while there was a really nicely laid foundation that wasn't used at all. And the bo [...]

    2. I came across this series when I read a recommendation in a magazine for LASTING DAMAGE-the sixth book. At the time I thought LASTING DAMAGE was a stand alone novel so I went out, bought it, and then realized there were five books before it -I have this pesky problem of having to read books in the order they were written- so it took me awhile to track some of them down. NOW, it is not a problem because they have all be re-released -but a few years ago it meant ordering them online from different [...]

    3. This book was SO good for the first 40 pages. I've come to the conculsion that anyone can write the beginning of a book. But few can write a good book through to a good conclusion. Sophie Hannah's book The Good Mother had all of the right pieces in it - interesting main characters, a twisting plot, a surprise ending - but it was all lost in the endless parade of sub-characters and characters with nicknames. Hannah could not handle the large cast of characters, that much was clearly evident. Her [...]

    4. Is Sophie Hannah a literary genius? Nah. But hey, all you haters — I invite you to try constructing a plot like this one: twisty, intricate, and relentlessly leave-'em-guessing. I was engrossed, and I admired this thriller all the way through. This story also hangs on some deliciously nerdy hinges: idioms, the way in which a native versus a non-native English speaker writes, and — be still my heart! — the perils of find/replace in MS Word. The Wrong Mother will push buttons with mommies an [...]

    5. I was intrigued by the book's openinga woman is shocked to read of the murder of a man she had a brief affair with, except the photo of the victim shows a completely different man. Understandably, she has to try to find out what is going on. But I thought it went downhill quickly. First of all, there wasn't a single character I either liked or identified with. The men are almost all selfish idiots or brutes, the women all narcissistic whiners with infanticidal tendencies (except for the one who [...]

    6. Wow, I loved this book. It had so many twists & turns it kept me on the edge of my seat. It had many surprises throughout. This was one complicated story. I know there's probably a lot I missed, so some time in the future, I plan to revisit it. I got a bit confused & lost from time to time as there were quite a few characters & aliases. This piece had to be difficult to write! The only thing that bogged it down at times was Geraldine's diary. I realize it was necessary for the storyl [...]

    7. I was disappointed in this book. The writing was awkward in some parts, especially the beginning. But after I got the hang of the author's style, I was able to get into the book. I was very eager to find out how all of the pieces fit together. But I was disappointed in the ending. Instead of answering my questions, it left me with more. For instance, why did Jonathan Rey have a different last name than his wife and child? How come Geraldine's mother and/or husband didn't know she was translating [...]

    8. Eh. I really liked this book until about the last 40 pages. The story was unique, had lots of twists & turns but towards the end got so confusing. Too many characters.

    9. What an excellent thriller this was! I got it because it had a recommendation from Tana French on the back cover. French is one of my favorite new crime writers who managed to write an amazing first book and an even more amazing second book. I figured if she liked this one, I would, too. And I did!This is one of those books that both excels past its genre and stays firmly in it. Hannah never breaks the rules of thriller in this book, but she expands the notion of what a writer of thrillers can d [...]

    10. I really wanted to love this book. The premise held such promise - I was really excited to read it. There were several stumbling blocks for me with this book. The first one was cultural - even though the book was in English, it was not an American setting. I felt like there were a lot of customs and insider knowledge that I just did not have. As such, there was a lot of the book that I didn't quite understand. Secondly, there seemed to be too many characters. The plot line with the Charlie/Sam c [...]

    11. Whenever I finally thought I had it all figured out, the author threw another twist into the plot, until finally, as the intrigue seems to be falling into place, it knots itself up again. A murder mystery, a psychological study—these elements are set against an almost comedic exploration of the police detectives assigned to the case to form a multilayered drama. There is nothing ordinary about this tale that begins with an affair and ends in death. Whatever might seem to be a predictable scena [...]

    12. THE WRONG MOTHER. (2008). Sophie Hannah. **.This was the first book by this U.K. author that I have read. As for me, it was a minor disaster from the start. The first thirty pages or so were used to introduce the main characters. It could probably have been done in two pages. Nowhere in the book did I find a character that drew any sympathy from me – no liking at all. This negativity went from the heroine’s family (especially her two brat kids, whom I would have locked in the cellar after pa [...]

    13. Surprisingly good!Let me state that again for emphasis: This book was surprisingly good. Psychological Murder Mysterious are not my top reading genre, although I do enjoy them when I find one that can harness my attention. Not many can achieve this and to be honest I was apprehensive upon starting this book. It took me a little while to get a feel for the author's writing style and one of the lead characters voices so much so that until I was about a third of the way in I teetering on the edge o [...]

    14. Like other reviewers who couldn’t muster a third star for this murder mystery, I lost track of (and interest in) the characters as the plot thickened. Alongside the requisite red herrings (view spoiler)[such as the nonexistent William Markes (hide spoiler)], too many sardines, mackerels and cops cods were there, muddying the waters in which the author had strewn plenty of clues. I couldn’t keep them straight after three chapters, so then I started reading only the lines between quote marks. [...]

    15. I started out really enjoying this book. It was suspenseful and thought-provoking for any mother who has caught herself wishing bad things for her children. What is the point of no return and what would it take for you to get there? But, what the heck happened to the end of this book? It was as if someone else wrote it on their coffee break. What happened to Sally? Wasn't she the main character? So, she gets abducted and escapes from an insane psycho and just goes home and goes to bed? And why t [...]

    16. I liked the style, alternating between Sally's first person perspective, the diary, and the third-person narration from the police. I found the first two-thirds pretty compelling, trying to figure out exactly what happened with Geraldine and her daughter, her daughter's friend, and what's happening with Sally. I also liked reading an honest summation of modern motherhood - trying to have it all, as it's just an expectation for educated, middle-class moms these days, and feeling guilt for not bei [...]

    17. copied and pasted from my book blog, ourfictionaddictionThis was our book club’s selection this month and, from the jacket, I thought it was going to be one of my favorites of the year. As I made my way through the beginning of the book, I thought it had a lot going for it – a premise that seemed interesting, a few unraveling mysteries, a possible murder-suicide-familicide and a narrator that had the potential to be a unique, empathetic voice. But unfortunately, it never picked up from there [...]

    18. Usually, if I skip to the end of a book while I'm still reading it, it's for one of two reasons: either I'm so bored with the stupid thing I've decided to give up on the second half, or I'm so worried about a character that I need to check and see if he/she is still alive at the end, thus allowing me to get through the second half with relatively little anxiety.This book falls into the latter category. I was so creeped out at one point that I was frozen for a minute, fighting with myself about s [...]

    19. I had read a previous book by this author, Little Face, which I found to be pretty well-written. I liked the premise of Little Face -- a new mum goes to the gym because her mother-in-law and husband thinkshe needs to get out of the house, and when she comes home, she checks on her baby in the crib, but it's not her baby -- and nobody else in the house seems to think anything is amiss. The Wrong Mother was a bit more complex and better written. The protagonist, Sally, is the spitting image of ano [...]

    20. If you like a good suspense novel with an original plot, you would like The Wrong Mother. A young mother, Sally, longing to escape the drudgery of every day life, has a week long affair with a man named Mark Bretherick. She ends up regretting her momentary lapse and is trying to put it from her mind when she hears the name again on the news. A Mark Bretherick's wife killed herself and her young daughter. The wife's name, address, child's name, etc. all match up with what Mark told Sally during t [...]

    21. I grumbled through every page of this book, but I kept holding on to the idea that the initial premise of the book was intriguing enough to stick it out and see what happens. I've read books by British authors before, but consistently felt lost in Hannah's use of U.K. vernacular. Several times I almost wanted to ask out loud, "This book IS written in English, right?" There was virtually no character development to speak of and it was ridiculously difficult to keep the characters straight because [...]

    22. Tengo algo raro con esta serie. Detesto a los inspectores protagonistas, en especial a Charlie. Sus razonamientos a veces son absurdos rayando en lo estúpido y Simon es demasiado soso. Sin embargo la trama, la intriga que presenta y los giros truculentos son excelentes y aunque sea movida por la curiosidad termino enganchada.

    23. 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, [...]

    24. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh, que alegría haberte conocido Sophie Hannah, y yo que creía que solo Gillian Flynn tocaría mi corazón de esa manera tan macabra que sabe hacer.The Wrong Mother se ha llevado el premio hasta ahora del libro que más me ha encantado de SH. Tiene todo lo que me gusta de un thriller, lo primero que se te viene a la mente al leer a estas mujeres es ¡¡no tengas hijos!!. Además, cumple con lo que tanto deseo: Que me sorprenda. Nunca ni en un millón de años hubiera podido prever t [...]

    25. I loaned The Wrong Mother from a co-worker and I have just finished. This is definitely a second-rate book and if I had to describe it in one word it would be disappointing. From the summary on the back cover, this should have been a very good read but I just couldn’t get into the characters. The plot line hurdles from character to character making it bewildering and tough to follow and there was a perpetual allusion to something happening the year before but no details of what the incident ac [...]

    26. Bence konu güzel ancak çok dağınıktı.Kim kimdi diye düşünürken konu arap saçına döndü bence yazarın tarzı çok karmaşık.

    27. It was better than the previous novel I read by this author but still the story seemed too unbelievable. I found myself disbelieving that the situations were even plausible.

    28. Sally Thorning is watching the news with her husband when she hears a name she never thought she'd hear again: Mark Bretherick. Last year, a work trip Sally had planned was cancelled at the last minute. Desperate from a break from her busy job and young family, Sally doesn't tell her husband that the the trip was cancelled and treated herself to a secret vacation in a luxorious spa hotel. While she was there, Sally met a man, Mark Bretherick, and they had a weeklong affair that they had agreed t [...]

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