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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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Triggering for PP depression

There's a raw accuracy captured by the author in the first few chapters that Laps at memories, no matter how distant, of difficult days of motherhood. Anyone whose had post partum depression will recognize the internal conflict so well described. But know it isn't a fun thing to revisit, certainly not so when unprepared, so take head. This can be a very triggering read for PPD sufferers, kudos to the author for capturing such conflicting feelings so well. The rest of the story requires more suspension of disbelief, though certainly entertaining.

The narrator has a nasally/annoying voice that aligns with the main character though requires some commitment to finish listening to. She's exactly how I imagine the main character sounding, which makes for great acting, and somewhat challenging listening.

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Worth it!

Loved the story and its twists!! Good build out of characters, they were easy to visualize as I listened!