• A Mother's Confession

  • A Heartbreaking Story with a Breathtaking Twist
  • By: Kelly Rimmer
  • Narrated by: Brigid Lohrey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (910 ratings)

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By: Kelly Rimmer
Narrated by: Brigid Lohrey
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Publisher's Summary

Your husband took his own life. Tell the truth and destroy what is 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 cost, shouldn't she? 

©2016 Kelly Rimmer (P)2016 Bookouture

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Seeing what we want to see.

Four stars for a book of surprises. And the biggest surprise is saved for the end of the book. My heart and soul ached while reading A Mother's Confession, realizing I know people who are so similar to each of the characters. I found that scary while fearing there were times I should have spoken up. Seems each main character had good and bad traits, and I found myself understanding why. I recommend this book for almost everyone.

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Warning!!

Do NOT read the review titled "A Mother and/or Woman's Worst Nightmare"!!! She gives away the whole book, and even the twist at the end!!

That being said, I loved this book!! Loved, Loved Loved!!! I fell in love with some characters, and absolutely despised others! keeps you guessing!

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Much Better Than Expected

This story and narration were excellent! Never imagined the twist at the end. Although the story did move a little slow, I really enjoyed Brigid Lohrey's performance of each character, and the story unfolded in a way that held my attention and interest. Also, was quite interesting to see the multiple ways that some of the characters used denial as a coping mechanism. The twists did not feel contrived and were well integrated into the story. Emotionally gripping. Sad story, yet shows hope for the future. Don't give up. Hang in there, because you won't be sorry.

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best audible book since girl on a train

I loved this book, the narration was beautiful! story was engrossing! with a twist I did not see coming. best book I've listened to.

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Wow! Just wow!

This book really hit home. I was involved in an abusive relationship, though no where as severe as this one. I could really relate to the struggles to try to make sense of a relationship that continued to go wrong regardless of what you did. I will listen to this one again, and probably again. Should I suspect someone is in an abusive relationship, I will give them this book. Excellent story and excellent narrator. Thanks, Audible!

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  • DJ
  • 05-04-17

Great story

Great story but the narrator was horrible. Had to force myself to continue listening. After the first few chapters the book grips you so you want to get to the end. But, the narrator is almost unbearable.

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Ending I Never Saw Coming

The twist of the story surprised me. the narration at times was very whiney and annoying, but also very appropriate to the character being portrayed. I think the narration really contributed to a character in really did not like.

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Surprisingly Good- First read from this Author!

I had never heard of Kelly Rimmer before. I don't know why- I love her genre of fiction and I am baffled as to why I haven't read anything by her yet- but it's never too late! 'A Mother's Confession' was a very good listen. I loved the main character and I could even empathize with the villain in the novel because she was a mom who wanted to protect her son and feel that her son is perfect.

The book is clever in narration. A recently widowed mom tells the story of her marriage and relationship, and alternates the story with the widow's mother-in-law. The mother-in-law tells the story from her point of view. The characters were so real and raw, and Rimmer draws feeling and thought provoking revelations from reader. I cried throughout some of the scenes and I was blown away by the ending. I didn't see the ending coming- but it really tied up the story well.

The moral to the story is- we see what we want to in this life, and sometimes it takes other people to make us see what's been in front of us all along.

Great book- definitely would recommend.

-Wendi

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quirky book

This Was a good listen although it could have done with a little more editing. post of it seemed to drag and I think we were able to understand the personality of the lead character from the third or fourth chapter. However That being said, be in for a surprise ending that you will never see coming!!

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Predictable "movie of the week" type story.

Narration was good but story was very predictable. The "twist" was pretty apparent early on and the characters were pretty one dimensional.

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  • Crooksonbooks
  • 11-27-16

A beautiful, yet heart breaking read

Words are difficult to express how I feel right at this moment. Such a beautifully written yet heart breaking read. A thought provoking book that touched my heart - silent tears rolled down my cheeks as I listened to the reality that was Olivia and Zoe's lives. A must read for every woman - a book that'll make you thankful for the lives we live, or a book that may just give you strength to live better lives for yourselves. Thank you so much @bookouture and Kelly Rimmer for this beautiful book.

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  • happy loon
  • 04-12-17

Stay with it, especially if you've suffered abuse

I chose this because I've read her other books and I know she looks deeply and knowledgeably into the subject, plus I've suffered abuse and studied it myself.
I agree with other reviews, it does feel like it drones on a bit, but stay with it, all the detail is necessary , it's a cracking story.

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  • Kawaii Princess
  • 03-31-17

Not what i expected....

Read the other reviews and thought I'd give it a go. Ploughed through, not really seeing why the raves reviews, BUT then i got it and some. What a book. I was planning to go out this morning but still too upset and moved to leave the house. Brilliantly performed and a horribly tragic story. Just use your credit. Go on. And brace yourself.

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  • Pam
  • 04-07-17

worth a listen

took a while to get used to the narrator but once you get used to her the story itself is very good

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  • penny reeve
  • 04-06-17

A great read

A very well paced read with a tragic twist revealed near the end. I was sad to finish it.

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  • George
  • 03-23-17

good story loved the twist

great storyline with an unexpected twist, leaves you thinking what would i do and how would i cope. only bad point is the narrator's voice

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  • CAN
  • 02-17-17

Loved it

Very very gripping and a really book.
I couldn't stop listening and then didn't want it to end.

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  • laatkins
  • 02-01-17

absolutely loved it!

brilliantly written, characters you grow to like, dislike and understand.
excellent unexpected twist to the end of the story.
Very insightful.
so pleased that I chose to give an in known author a listen. will definitely be looking for more of her books.

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  • Ali J Newman
  • 05-04-22

Battled through it … wish I hadn’t

Oh crikey this was a long slog. I worked out what had happened early on and waited for a twist. No twist. Awful characters. Grating narration didn’t help (the mums intonation was just awful).

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  • Suzanne
  • 06-26-20

Thought provoking

This is a brilliant book. Really makes you think about how responsible you are as a parent for the person your child becomes. My only criticism is that I found the narrator’s voice a bit grating and whiny at times, particularly when voicing the character of Ivy. To start with I wasn’t sure I would continue listening as I found her voice very distracting but soon got used to it and got lost in the story.

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  • LeslieOZ
  • 11-29-17

Only real twist is the awful accent

This was supposed to be a thriller but it’s more like a sleeper. Slow and hard to get through. Only hung on to see if this ‘amazing twist’ redeemed it but alas - a waste of time and money. And the accents were all over the shop - English Irish Australian - couldn’t tell. Very disappointing.

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  • Meagan Harding
  • 07-07-22

Not what I expected

It was a different story that I wasn’t sure I would. O out to listen to but the ending has a great twist

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  • Kay Fenton
  • 08-25-21

I couldn’t put it down

A beautifully written and heartbreaking story. Kelly Rimmer has a deep understanding of the workings of a mother’s mind and heart. A must-read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-28-21

Wow

Oh wow! What a heartbreaking and emotional novel. That twist literally had me in tears! Brigid did a good job narrating the two characters

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  • Sandra
  • 05-18-20

Loving the twists in Kelly’s work

Well I didn’t expect that twist and I’m usually pretty good at predicting them. Probably my favourite Kelly Rimmer book to date.

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  • Anne Kiker
  • 08-15-18

Not my favorite from Kelly Rimmer

I almost gave up on this book several times. Ivy’s voice grated on me and I found the storyline of only 2 characters with alternating chapters tiresome. I loved “Before I let you go”

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-05-18

a gripping sad but uplifting story

totally broke my heart into a million pieces. well written and so emotional. loved it

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-12-17

highly recommend

Well written with a relatable storyline. ry A thought provoking storyline and a great narrator.

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  • Ann
  • 07-07-17

I Couldn't Stop Listening

I enjoyed the book right from the start. However, once I was a few chapters in, I couldn't put it down.

I did not see the final twists coming until they were upon me which made for a thrilling addictive read.

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  • Marianne Thoroughgood
  • 04-29-17

Though provoking and emotional

This book keeps you engaged from start to finish. I have never read anything like it. I loved it