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No one can love a son like his mother…
Patricia Mullner is trapped in a nightmare no parent should ever experience. Three years ago, 17-year-old son Andrew vanished without trace. There was no note, no goodbye and no body has ever been found, and now her days are spent in a fog of heartache and alcohol, crying to husband Thomas about their lost boy.But Patricia is more than just a grieving mother, and as Andrew’s disappearance starts to unravel the perfect family she’s built with Thomas, it seems that the actions of her past may be back to haunt her.Because someone is watching from the shadows – someone who knows exactly what Patricia is hiding. Someone who will stop at nothing to take revenge – and might just hold the key to Andrew’s disappearance…
An absolutely gripping psychological thriller with a shocking twist in the tale. Readers of My Lovely Wife, KL Slater and B.A. Paris will not be able to put this one down.
This is a deliciously dark thriller that will have you gripped from the very beginning. It’s packed full of suspense and tension that will keep you reading until the very end.
The narrative is told through different perspectives which really gives the reader a fuller view of events.
The novel opens with a chapter from Patricia bringing home her new baby and expressing the sheer joys of motherhood. Fast forward about 20 years and Patricia is now morning the loss of her son, not knowing if he is dead or alive after his disappearance 3 years ago. These early chapters are devastating, watching Patricia go through not knowing and seeing the impact of this on her marriage and mental health, had a big impact on myself as a reader. I became very empathetic for her in these early chapters. As the plot moves forward and we learn more about Patricia’a childhood and days as a mother and things become more distorted and unclear.
Other chapters show Thomas’s thoughts and we occasionally get a snippet from the mind of a unnamed stalker, someone who seems to harbour a very strong grudge against Patricia. These chapters really change the tone of the novel and add a much darker element.
I honestly couldn’t put this down. The plot picks up pace very quickly but reveals information in little dribbles in order to keep the suspense high. It’s a brilliant thriller and I highly recommend.
Author Bio – J. A. Andrews
JA Andrews is an author of dark psychological thrillers with books published by Hera. Mummy’s Boy, the 2020 debut, is available to pre-order now before release on April 1st 2020.
Also a member of the Crime Writers Association, and can be found online in a few places: