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The Wrong Mother: A Zailer and Waterhouse Mystery (A Zailer & Waterhouse Mystery #3) (Paperback)
A chilling, compulsively readable novel of psychological suspense from the author of Little Face and The Carrier
Sally Thorning is watching the news with her husband when she hears a name she never thought she'd hear again: Mark Bretherick.
It's a name she shouldn't recognize. Last year, a work trip Sally had planned was canceled at the last minute. Desperate for a break from juggling her job and a young family, Sally didn't tell her husband that the trip had fallen through. Instead, she treated herself to a secret vacation in a remote hotel. While she was there, Sally met a man—Mark Bretherick. All the details are the same: where he lives, his job, his wife Geraldine and daughter Lucy. Except that the photograph on the news is of a man Sally has never seen before. And Geraldine and Lucy Bretherick are both dead...
With the international bestseller Little Face, Sophie Hannah established herself as a striking new voice in psychological suspense. The Wrong Mother, a riveting exploration of a mother's unspeakable betrayal, confirms her reputation as a master of the form.
About the Author
Sophie Hannah is the internationally bestselling author of nine psychological thrillers, which have been more in twenty countries. Her Hercule Poirot mystery, the first to be sanctioned by the Agatha Christie estate, was published in 2014. Hannah is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and as a poet has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. She lives in Cambridge, England, with her husband and two children.
"Shockingly (and refreshingly) blunt riffs about the violent emotions of motherhood and the familial yearnings of men, along with chilling and darkly funny revelations about lust and loyalty, make this novel one of the season's most absorbing reads."—O, The Oprah Magazine
"Gripping... It's like watching a nightmare come to life."—Tana French, New York Times bestselling author of In the Woods
"Paced like a ticking time bomb with flawlessly distinct characterization, this is a fiercly fresh and un-put-downable read."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Sophie Hannah just gets better and better. Her plots are brilliantly cunning and entirely unpredictable. The writing is brilliant and brings us uncomfortably close to the dark, ambivalent impulses experienced by the parents of difficult, demanding children."—The Guardian (London)