“Two women’s lives collide when a husband, father, and son is accused of unspeakable crimes.
Kate thought she’d never have to set eyes on the man she blames for ruining her childhood again, but she was wrong. Teresa has always stood by her son, believing in his innocence, but the evidence is compelling. When a trial date looms a shocking event turns both their worlds upside-down, forcing them to confront their darkest fears.
Can Kate accept the past she’s tried hard to forget and is forgiveness possible for Teresa, the mother of the man painted as a monster?”
What would you do if your son was accused of one of the most heinous crimes imaginable? Teresa finds herself in that situation when her son is arrested for possession of child pornography and historical charges of child abuse and rape. The evidence is damning, a musician in a position of power with multiple witnesses coming forward, but Teresa still finds it hard to believe. Kate has a secret that she is hiding from her family and it is eating her from the inside out. She has never got over the abuse she suffered as a child and when she sees on television the man she holds responsible has now been charged, her emotions begin to bubble over. Bit by bit, Kate’s past is painfully exposed as she tried to put her demons to bed for good.
What I Never Told You is a dark psychological thriller and is the second book of Louise’s I have read this year, the first being Beautiful Liar. Within minutes of picking up Beautiful Liar I knew Louise was a woman who knew what she was talking about, and What I Never Told you is just further attestation to that. Louise draws on her own professional experience in psychology and forensic psychology and it clearly shows in her work.
The story is narrated in first person with the chapters alternating between different perspectives, mainly Teresa, Kate and DI Silver who is in charge of the investigation. Kate’s chapters focus mainly on the after effects of the abuse, her feelings as she tries to carry on with a normal life despite her obvious trauma, whilst Teresa rakes over memories of Anthony’s childhood. Is there some sign she should have picked up on, or a situation that she should have handled differently? As Teresa’s feelings flip between denial and self blame the reader is given bites of the nature or nurture debate to chew on. Do you make a monster or are they simply born that way?
The full picture is unravelled slowly, but just as with a spider web and a fly, the reader gets pulled in and cannot escape the inevitable, cranking the suspense and tension up to the max. Although the major themes in the story surround abuse, the author has handled the topic in a sensitive manner with no explicative details purely for the shock factor. The plot is well crafted, and charged with emotion as you manage to feel empathy for both Kate and Teresa. The characterisation is fantastic,the wife of the accused, Jacky, turned my stomach in more ways than one. There is a “twist” at the end, one I genuinely didn’t see coming but gave me a greater understanding of Kate, and why she was so reluctant to come forward, even after other accusations had been made.
This is a sad and sinister tale that shows the repercussions of crime and the ripple like effect that touches so many other lives. Overall rating four stars for this chillingly compelling read.
About the Author
Louise Mullins is the Amazon best-selling author of ‘Scream Quietly’ her debut psychological crime thriller which has now been optioned for film rights. The film adaptation is due for release in 2017.
Louise has also authored ‘Damaged’, ‘Why She Left’, ‘The Perfect Wife’, ‘One Night Only’, ‘The Woman in the Woods,’ and ‘Beautiful Liar.’
Her latest title ‘What I Never Told You’ is available to pre-order now!
Louise Mullins writes part-time alongside a career in Psychological Therapy whilst training as a Clinical Forensic Psychologist, working with serious crimes.
Louise admits to a serious book addiction and spends a lot of her spare time reading (all for research purposes of course). She enjoys psychological thrillers, historical fiction, and autobiographies.
She lives in Bristol with her husband and three children.
Louise is currently working on her ninth thriller ‘Lucky’.
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