The Guilty Mother by Diane Jeffrey

Guilty or Innocent, can you decide?

My rating:  3 out of 5

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Melissa’s two babies dies within weeks of each other.  Is it an appalling tragedy or something more sinister?  This thriller kept me guessing right up to the end.

The Guilty MotherMelissa is in prison for murder, but new evidence comes to light and an appeal is to be heard.  Jonathan is assigned to cover the appeal for his local paper, and before that get some headline making scoops.  But Jonathan doesn’t want anything to do with Melissa; he has history himself.   His junior colleague at the newspaper, Kelly, however is keen to discover the truth – not only about what happened to Melissa’s babies, but also about Jonathan’s background.

Set in and around Bristol, the story starts dramatically, then goes on at a gentle pace as layers of the story are revealed.  By the end of the book I found myself racing to find out how it was going to end.  There are some great twists in the story, usually just as I thought I’d got it worked out.  The ending was excellent – didn’t see that coming! 

3*s from me, as although the mystery of what really happened  is compelling, I found the middle of the book a little slow, and never really got fully into the characters – though there are plenty of interesting ones in this thriller.     

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