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Mother of All Secrets

By: Kathleen M. Willett
Narrated by: Sarah Mollo-Christensen,Jennifer Jill Araya
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Publisher's Summary

Her freedom, her sanity, her life. How much will a young mother sacrifice to protect her secrets?

Sleep deprived and overwhelmed, first-time mom Jenn is struggling to adapt to her new role. Frustrated with her loving but preoccupied husband and still grieving the death of her own mother, she feels isolated and depressed. It’s only when she joins a new-moms’ group that she starts to think she’s finally getting back on track.

Until Isabel, the group’s leader, suddenly disappears.

Now Jenn’s baby isn’t the only reason she can’t sleep. Consumed with worry over Isabel, Jenn is teetering on the edge of obsession. Concern turns to paranoia when Jenn finds clues that force her to look at herself, her marriage, and the women in her support group, who have more in common than Jenn realized. Much more.

Saving Isabel means unearthing secrets that were supposed to stay buried forever, and Jenn has to decide what she’s willing to risk to help a woman she barely knows. With each revelation, she gets closer to a slow-burning act of retribution that could easily and irrevocably draw her into the flames.

©2022 Kathleen M. Willett. (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

Mother of All Secrets is a thrilling page-turner and a fierce manifesto about motherhood, powerful women, and what we must be willing to do to protect our children. The plot twists are breathtaking and I loved staying up late reading this fabulous novel.”—Amanda Eyre Ward, New York Times bestselling author of RBC Book Club pick The Jetsetters and The Lifeguards

“In Mother of All Secrets, Kathleen Willett has crafted an engrossing thriller with both heart and bite. Willett tenderly confronts the realities of postpartum life and the complexities of ‘mom friends’ while still delivering plenty of dynamic twists.”—Alison Wisdom, author of We Can Only Save Ourselves and The Burning Season 

“This book is my new obsession. I completely devoured Kathleen Willett’s addictive thriller Mother of All Secrets, which takes the life-upturning experience of new motherhood and brilliantly twists it into a riveting missing person story. Every time you think you know what happened, the book transforms, leaving you chasing the truth as breathlessly as the protagonist. Simmering with righteous anger and revenge under its polished surface, Mother of All Secrets deserves to be at the top of every thriller lover’s TBR.”—Ashley Winstead, author of In My Dreams I Hold a Knife and The Last Housewife 

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A pleasant surprise

I had rather low expectations for this book. It's not normally one I'd choose, but something in the description seemed a bit weird. This weird bit of something intrigued me enough to choose it, download and listen. I'm not a mom, so feared I'd be bored: I was not. Despite not choosing their life path, I could empathize with (most of) these characters. They're a privileged bunch, true, but privilege doesn't make them less than human. Cool little mystery here, with a healthy dose of karmic retribution.

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Great story

Ex extremely well written. I am very well performed. You really connect with the characters. Don’t take my word for it either. Listen to it or get a paper copy and read it. You won’t be sorry

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This was our book club choice. I loved the twists and turns and enjoyed the epilogue that finished the story neatlly

This was our book club choice, I loved the twists and turns. Riveting.the epilogue was helpful to tie ends together.

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Who said motherhood was easy?


Mother of All Secrets by Kathleen M. Willett

📚Honest Review📚

This novel portrays the life of a group of accomplished women from the UWS NY and their struggles with new motherhood.

Every one of them a story and every one of them a secret waiting to be unveiled.

Their lives revolve around their newborns, sleep deprivation and husband issues related to how helpful they are (or not) as regards the house and daily chores.

They find each other in a group for moms and babies and so these women begin a relationship based on play dates and a glass of wine afterwards.

Everything goes as smooth as possible up until one of then goes missing and as a group each one of these women show up at her home to offer their help.

Unfortunately, they will find out they have more in common with their missing friend than play dates and wine…something beyond speakable happened to them with her husband.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

QOTD: Have you or anyone you know suffered from post partum depression? Or struggled with a newborn beyond tue reasonable?

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Some interesting twists…

How unresolved childhood trauma acts out in adults…

I can see another book 20 years later…

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Enjoyable story, but the narration.. 🙄

I enjoyed the twists the story took, and the character development was decent. However, one of the narrators (the main one) ground my gears.

The constant use of breathy and/ nasal extension of syllables is completely unnecessary. So is adding "eh" or "uh" to the end of every third word. For example, the word is not shhuuhesuh, it's shoes. Maybe the intent was dramatic effect, but it really took a lot away from the book as a whole. I dontuh knoweh if I'll be listeninguh to anothereh book narrhhhateduh by this perhhhsuhneh.

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I tried twice to listen but the whiney, breathy narrator and the minutia about caring for a newborn are terrible and unnecessary. 6 chapters in and I can tell it’s a dud.

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Very, very slow start, but hang with it. The read is worth it. Great narrator.


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The narrator sounded like she was whispering or talking in hushed worried voice. Didn't care for the weak women characters plus found the story implausible.

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I do love a happy ending!

I really enjoyed this story. It had a very pleasing ending. I got a good sense of all the characters from the narrators. I sympathised with the struggles of having a newborn baby and all that life throws at you while trying to deal with every day life. It does have sensitive subjects, but they were approached well and with great thought. I'm going to look out for other books by Kathleen M. Willet!