mystery · suspense · thriller

*BLOG TOUR* The Mother Next Door – Leah Mercer ★★★★

Blurb: I glance over at Lou’s house as I pull onto my drive, surprised that it is still in darkness. Lou and the kids should have been home from school long ago. I should be preparing a delicious meal for my children as they tell me about their day. But Lou’s car is nowhere to be seen…

The night is drawing in and Lou has still not returned. I try not to panic, but deep down I know something is wrong. Lou is the most dependable friend. Our children are at the same school. We always help each other out, and she cares for my two like only a mother can.

As a storm rages outside and local news reports tell everyone to stay indoors, a feeling of deep dread starts to swell. Then the call comes. The police have found Lou’s car, with my children’s schoolbags still inside along with Lou’s phone. But they are nowhere to be seen.

Clutching my husband’s hands, willing our children to be found safe and sound, I try to silence the voice inside my head. I’ve not been honest. I’m being punished for what happened all those years ago.

And then I get Lou’s message and I know that if I want to see my children again, I need to tell the truth to everyone I love.

What I don’t yet know is that Lou has been keeping her own dark secret. And once the storm passes, nothing will ever be the same again.

My Review; This had me hooked from the beginning. It is every parents worst nightmare. You trust your friend and neighbour, but what happens when she goes missing with your children and not her own? Very strange, no matter how hard I tried to guess why or what she was doing, I was never even close. It is a story told through several different characters. A fast-paced read, heart pounding, gripping. After reading this, even the closest people to you may not be who they seem. Highly recommend. A well-deserved four stars.

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