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Audiobook narrated by Brigid Lohrey Excellent reader Anyone who remembers Mrs Levy , from the book, The Ladies Auxiliary..might have related to Goodreads friend, Violet, when she wrote I thought blood was going to burst through my skin and boil over Mrs Levy was a vile character Most readers felt gut wrenching emotions towards her I m here to say.Mrs Levy met her match in Kelly Rimmer s novel, A Mother s Confession , with Ivy Ivy will have steam coming out of your Audiobook narrated by Brigid Lohrey Excellent reader Anyone who remembers Mrs Levy , from the book, The Ladies Auxiliary..might have related to Goodreads friend, Violet, when she wrote I thought blood was going to burst through my skin and boil over Mrs Levy was a vile character Most readers felt gut wrenching emotions towards her I m here to say.Mrs Levy met her match in Kelly Rimmer s novel, A Mother s Confession , with Ivy Ivy will have steam coming out of your eyes and ears.Ivy is a mother In law from HELL..Ivy s son, David, can do no wrong.Ivy has no filters..Ivy felt that if Olivia, her daughter in law should kiss his feet in gratitude to land a man like HER SON Olivia who was working toward her degree at a great University was a plain Jane next to her handsome perfect stud son ha It was Olivia that should drop out of school of course if she loved David and move back to David s hometown to be near mommy dearest.Ivy could not part with her son She enabled narcissism in him from the time David was a child David was SPECIAL BEYOND SPECIAL..at the cost of anyone s else s well being.Ivy was terrific at criticizing Olivia covertly, and overtly.Ivy was made of nightmares At the beginning of the story, Olivia mentions The Tragedy.but we never get the full facts of that tragedy until close to the end.Olivia is engaged in a process of healing having been a battered wife horrific cruelty With the help of a therapist Olivia begins to move forward, demonstrating courage and bravery I absolutely admired her strength In this story, we also get a clear look at a controlling mother who is in denial of her son s criminal domestic violence This might be the most frustrating and fascinating part of the entire book I mean, you just wanted to slap this woman at times What was wrong with her Really What makes people like HER Ivy.you and Mrs Levy are THE MOST hated female characters I ve read all year Nasty villains Just nasty yet credit to the author for creating a character like Ivy for us to study An excellent audiobook it holds your attention A little editing would have been ok with me too The story dragged longer than needed but it s easy to forgive this is drama 101 This was a pretty good ride of engaging listening on sale at audible for under 5 My thanks to Netgalley for the honour of reading this simply incredible book A Mother s Confession is an emotional roller coaster and one of the only books I didn t want to read purely because I didn t want it to finish This is a story about a man called David, a husband, father and son, told from the viewpoint of Olivia, his wife and Ivy, his over protective mother Shocking and deeply uncomfortable in parts, sad and heartbreaking in others, this gripping and moving book is going straight int My thanks to Netgalley for the honour of reading this simply incredible book A Mother s Confession is an emotional roller coaster and one of the only books I didn t want to read purely because I didn t want it to finish This is a story about a man called David, a husband, father and son, told from the viewpoint of Olivia, his wife and Ivy, his over protective mother Shocking and deeply uncomfortable in parts, sad and heartbreaking in others, this gripping and moving book is going straight into my Top Ten Reads of 2016 2.5 Stars While I found the story interesting and well written in places I had an issue with the bookcover which really irked me and that was the description on the front cover of the paperback edition as per spoiler below view spoiler A Mother s Confession A heartbreaking story with a breathtaking twist Is it really necessary to market a book in such an obvoious manner to readers by putting that scentance on the front cover This for me this is pretty much a spoiler before I even begin th 2.5 Stars While I found the story interesting and well written in places I had an issue with the bookcover which really irked me and that was the description on the front cover of the paperback edition as per spoiler below view spoiler A Mother s Confession A heartbreaking story with a breathtaking twist Is it really necessary to market a book in such an obvoious manner to readers by putting that scentance on the front cover This for me this is pretty much a spoiler before I even begin the book as I am over questioning every action and detail and I would rather let the story flow without watching for the Breathtaking twist which really wasn t as breathtaking as promised if like me you had guessed it very early on in the novel so by end I was left a little disappointed hide spoiler Your husband took his own life Tell the truth and destroy what s left of your family Or keep a secret that will tear you apart What would you doAn interesting premise and I probably would have loved this book but for the spoiler.This is a book that will strike a cord with many people who have struggled with or know people who s lives are affected by the content of the story, it is easy to read a novel like this and think why or how or why didn t she he but for the victims nothing is straightforward and this book does highlight those struggles Some readers may find this a suspensful read but for me the suspense was spoiled quite early on I have a lot of thoughts about A Mother s Confession It was good, but also INCREDIBLY frustrating It s not a spoiler to say this is the story of Olivia, a woman whose husband badly abused her It is told in alternating chapters by her and his mother, Ivy The story unfolds withanddetails of the abuse and the vile character of David being revealed I felt for Olivia, even though I struggled to understand how she could stay with a man who treated her like this when she had a caring f I have a lot of thoughts about A Mother s Confession It was good, but also INCREDIBLY frustrating It s not a spoiler to say this is the story of Olivia, a woman whose husband badly abused her It is told in alternating chapters by her and his mother, Ivy The story unfolds withanddetails of the abuse and the vile character of David being revealed I felt for Olivia, even though I struggled to understand how she could stay with a man who treated her like this when she had a caring family nearby and a good job with a kind employer It s probably not unrealistic, but still so frustrating to hear her being mistreated and growinganddesperate, yet unable or unwilling to leave him.Ivy, David s mother is a total disgrace of a human being She knows her son is probably abusing his wife, but she just accepts it because she is obsessed with him being perfect I know every mother loves her child, but you don t have to foster their psychotic behavior if you see it even at an early age I could find no excuse at all for Ivy, and I really just loathed her and self righteousness and willingness to see past the most obvious signs of her son s terrible behavior TheI read, theI loathed Ivy for her blind loyalty and stupidity when it came to her monster of a son Her delusion caused real damage, and even in the end, I didn t feel she had changed as she should have.I think because this story seemed quite real, the characters felt especially frustrating I just wanted to take them by the shoulders and shake sense into them This aspect aside, I do think Rimmer has told an important story and I think her decision to tell it through the voices of the two women in the abuser s lifewas very clever and well done The one, his mother, could see him only through rose tinted glasses, while the other, his wife, grew wise to him, but struggled to do anything about it The story is very absorbing and the twist at the end really came as yet another shock I have no first hand experience of abuse, and know how lucky I am for that, so reading this story was very disturbing yet sadly believable The characters had near perfect lives on the surface, but beneath that surface the darkest events were taking place I wish people who were being abused didn t feel shamed by society to speak up and seek help, and I wish victims of abuse were always met with compassion and an open ear Sadly, neither are often the case Victims are often treated like fools who have brought the blows and cruelty upon themselves or who are weak in their bodies or minds, and that mentality is so entirely wrong When those being abused know there is a place to go and there are people who will believe and help them, it saves lives I don t want to ramble and ramble and get on my high horse, but this book really upset and moved me, and my dear Goodreads friends reading this, I am afraid you are bearing the brunt of my emotional distress in this regard Despite all of this, it was a good book and I am glad I read it I just wasn t expecting something quite so intense I will definitely keep my eye on this author, but first I need a little time to get over this book Findreviews and bookish fun at Your Husband Took His Own Life Tell The Truth And Destroy What S Left Of Your Family Or Keep A Secret That Will Tear You Apart What Would You Do Olivia And David Were The Perfect Couple With Their Whole Lives In Front Of Them When Beautiful Baby Daughter Zoe Came Along, Their World Seemed Complete But Now David Is Dead And Olivia S World Is In Pieces While She Is Consumed With Grief, Her Mother In Law Ivy Is Also Mourning The Loss Of Her Son Both Women Are Hiding Secrets About The Man They Loved Secrets That Have Put The Family In Danger Something Was Very Wrong In Olivia And David S Marriage Can Olivia And Ivy Break Their Silence And Speak The Truth A Mother Should Protect Her Child, Whatever The Costshouldn T She From The Bestselling Author Of The Secret Daughter And Me Without You Comes Another Emotionally Gripping And Gut Wrenching Read About Love, Loss And The Strength Of A Mother S Love I know the synopsis doesn t exactly sound light, but the story is evenheartwrenching and overwhelming than it seems I didn t count on this book making me cry Mind blowing good story It s not a particularly long or short book, but I blew right through it I was desperate to find out how it ended for Olivia and Ivy Very moving One part struck me towards the beginning I even made an update about it on GoodReads Boys will be boys is what Ivy says after her young son David roughly ya I know the synopsis doesn t exactly sound light, but the story is evenheartwrenching and overwhelming than it seems I didn t count on this book making me cry Mind blowing good story It s not a particularly long or short book, but I blew right through it I was desperate to find out how it ended for Olivia and Ivy Very moving One part struck me towards the beginning I even made an update about it on GoodReads Boys will be boys is what Ivy says after her young son David roughly yanks on a little girls ponytail for no reason He is gently told that it wasn t nice, while the little girl is scolded by her own mother for shrieking in response to the pain and surprise This is only the beginning of the strange relationship between David and Ivy While many parents are quite biased on their children s looks or skills, she is excessive He can do no wrong He is perfect Any problems he has at school or later on, with relationships, are no fault of his own It s everyone else that doesn t measure up And certainly none of the girls he dates as he ages measure up to her ideals They aren t pretty enough, aren t dedicated enough to perfect David But David is not perfect.David meets Olivia in college, and she s just another girl to Ivy She assumes the girl won t last long They never do, and this woman isn t the most physically impressive to her, despite her smarts and charm They go through some difficult times, but they don t separate Eventually, it becomes obvious that Olivia is here to stay They get married, and have been seeing each other for over ten years when David suddenly kills himself Olivia gave birth to Zoe, their long awaited daughter, only months before The book switches back and forth from Ivy to Olivia in the past and present, detailing how everything got to that point I received a copy of this book from Net Galley and Bookouture, thank you My review is honest and unbiased I bought my own paperback Bookouture don t send out any actual paperbacks to review so for this reason I only buy a few of Bookouture books A Mother s Confession is a fantastic novel I highly recommend it. Full review on www.novelgossip.comRarely am I shocked by a twist in a non thriller mystery novel as I tend to find them mostly predictable, likely due to the fact that I read so many books with amazing plot twists Generally, enough hints are dropped that I can quickly figure things out without much effort The cover calls the twist breathtaking and there is nofitting description to be found I had already snagged this one from Netgalley when I read Payton s compelling review, but man did Full review on www.novelgossip.comRarely am I shocked by a twist in a non thriller mystery novel as I tend to find them mostly predictable, likely due to the fact that I read so many books with amazing plot twists Generally, enough hints are dropped that I can quickly figure things out without much effort The cover calls the twist breathtaking and there is nofitting description to be found I had already snagged this one from Netgalley when I read Payton s compelling review, but man did she make me want to read this evenShe assured me that I would love it and boy was she ever right So thanks Payton for the fantastic recommendation.This is told from two perspectives, that of Olivia, a young mother who recently lost her husband, David and David s mother, Ivy There are references made to The Tragedy, which obviously refers to David s death, but the details aren t revealed until the very end Olivia s story is mostly told from the present though she reflects back on her marriage often, especially when she s meeting with her grief counselor Ivy s story is told starting when David is born and leads all the way up until his death It s clear early on that David and Olivia s marriage is full of dark secrets and that Ivy s relationship with her son is.odd to say the least.Olivia is a broken woman trying to pick up the pieces of her life after David s death She s struggling to survive and the only thing that s keeping her going is her baby daughter, Zoe This may be a minor spoiler, but I don t think it is as it s revealed straight away, but David abused poor Olivia Not only was he physically abusive, he was so manipulative it chilled my blood It was so subtle that even I had to think about it at times and say, did he really just say do that I hated Ivy HATED her She has an unhealthy obsession with her son and refuses to believe that he could ever do any wrong Like ever Even as a young boy she convinced herself that everything was always someone else s fault besides David s and that he was literally perfect She brings delusional to a whole new level and her lack of awareness made me sick Even when she had small moments of doubt regarding David s abhorrent behavior, she was quick to brush it off and blame it on someone else.The character development, especially with Olivia, was phenomenal here She starts off as a wounded and broken woman, but soon begins to take back her life and make a plan to at least try and be happy I loved watching her have small victories and was mentally rooting her on the entire way As I mentioned earlier, the twist was unexpected and shocking, but it also shattered my heart into a million pieces and made me cry like a baby I experienced such a wide range of emotions while reading this one I was angry, empathetic, sad, disgusted and at times even happy This was clearly an emotional read and one that will stay with me for awhile This has zoomed right into my top 20 fabulous rememberable outstanding choices of 2016I have enjoyed every single book this author has written She holds no punches on the readers emotions Right smack in there where your heart is stampeded on, where the people in the book are real, where the pain becomes your pain, where the hurt becomes your own.Two women connected by the same man.David.Someone s son.Someone s husband But he s also someone s father.Perfect marriage At first.The marriage becom This has zoomed right into my top 20 fabulous rememberable outstanding choices of 2016I have enjoyed every single book this author has written She holds no punches on the readers emotions Right smack in there where your heart is stampeded on, where the people in the book are real, where the pain becomes your pain, where the hurt becomes your own.Two women connected by the same man.David.Someone s son.Someone s husband But he s also someone s father.Perfect marriage At first.The marriage becomes abusive.His mother did she really make excuses for him David commits suicide Olivia a child and living in a small village.I was so engrossed within the pages of this book I resented anyone trying to get my attention.The twist in the tail, oh my word This was one fantastic read I won t forget in a hurry.My thanks to Bookoutour via Net Galley for my copy How do you move on when the person you ve built your whole life around is no longer living That s what these two women, Olivia and Ivy, struggle with throughout the whole book Ironically, they have built their lives around the same man David But they ve built their lives around him in two different ways The story is told from two different perspectives, one a mother and one a wife One can see absolutely no faults in David and one gets to see the ugly side of him way too frequently.One thing How do you move on when the person you ve built your whole life around is no longer living That s what these two women, Olivia and Ivy, struggle with throughout the whole book Ironically, they have built their lives around the same man David But they ve built their lives around him in two different ways The story is told from two different perspectives, one a mother and one a wife One can see absolutely no faults in David and one gets to see the ugly side of him way too frequently.One thing this book made me realize was that there s a very, very thin line between jealousy and protectiveness, but also protectiveness and possessiveness Abuse and manipulation is not an overnight thing, but a gradual change in behavior that leaves you wondering how exactly did I get here and why have I let it get this far This book was definitely an eye opener for me.It s ironic that Ivy s situation and choices as a teenager are very similar to the situation Olivia faces after college and yet Ivy doesn t really sympathize with Olivia Even though Ivy knows that she settled for a life with her husband and son and refers to her life as a prison How could she want that for another woman in the same predicament Even though she really doesn t because she s never been supportive of David and Olivia s relationship and is constantly praying for their downfall Once Ivy realized that Olivia was a permanent fixture in David s life, she made it very well known that she was on her son s side no matter what.Ivy isn t exactly an enabler but I think she knows deep down what her son is capable of and she writes it off and makes excuses for him Ivy and Wyatt, David s parents, learn the hardest lesson imaginable turning a blind eye can prove to be fatal.The Tradegy, as it is referred to by Olivia, is mentioned pretty much on the first page and you re left wondering exactly what happened and through the 317 pages of the book, very slowly bits and pieces of the events that took place that day are revealed The big reveal of The Tragedy was not even remotely close to what I was expecting I would have never guessed that It s so much worse than I could ve ever imagined I was seriously blind sided by the reveal, but it just added to the depth of the story.I don t know the words to express how incredibly brave Olivia is to rebuild her life and take back everything that was taken away from her It s amazing to watch her transformation throughout the book She definitely proves just how strong of a woman she truly is, regardless of what her past looks like Olivia sets out a plan to get her life on track and she accomplishes it rather quickly, with a few setbacks.But when Olivia finally gets that puppy she s always wanted that is the true representation of just how far she has come That scene seriously made my heart melt and the biggest grin came across my face That puppy represents so much and it was the happiest moment of the book almost.Ellen is seriously a godsend, inways that I can explain She plays a pretty significant role in helping Olivia find her way again, even though it doesn t seem like it.The bomb dropped at the end is heartbreaking and goes hand in hand with The Tragedy It took me a minute to really process what had occurred The pink teddy bear is all I can tell you about The Tragedy Please, please preorder and read this book The light it sheds on so many aspects is truly amazing Thank the book Gods above and mostly Kelly Rimmer for that Epilogue it was everything I needed andIt provided the exact amount of closure that I needed My goodness this was an amazing book that I almost can t form words Kelly Rimmer is officially a must read author of mine and if she s not one of yours Well she should be A Mother's Confession


About the Author: Kelly Rimmer

Kelly Rimmer is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of ten novels, including The Secret Daughter and The Things We Cannot Say She s soldthan one million books, and her novels have been translated intothan 20 languages Kelly lives in the Central West of New South Wales with her family and fantastically naughty dogs, Sully and Basil.


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