The Mother Next Door

Leah Mercer

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.

A gripping and addictive psychological suspense about dark obsession, intense motherly love and how far we will go to protect those we love the most. Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, Adele Parks and Sally Hepworth.

Readers are hooked on The Mother Next Door:

Brilliant… a fantastic family drama… Emotional and heartbreaking… I was kept on the edge of my seat from the beginning until the end I just couldn’t put it down5+ stars from me.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘A cannot put down novel… A page turner… I did not want to stop readingDon’t miss this book.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Gripping… I devoured in a day!… It had me on the edge of my chair all the way to the very end… This is a winner!’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Wow! Great book! This book had a bit of everything! Kept me glued to my Kindle! Definitely a page turner!Sassy Southern Books ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

One of the best reads I’ve come across this year!… WTH?SuperbDownright delicious!!!!The Secret Book Sleuth ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I couldn’t put it down… Just when you start thinking you know what’s going on… WRONG!!!… The twists were sooo amazing and absolutely not what you expect… I loved every second.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Hooked on this book from the beginning! I loved the suspense… Does not disappoint.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Fantastic… I couldn’t put it downstayed up late to finish it!’ Goodreads reviewer

Had me hook, line and sinker from beginning to end… An awesome read that kept me flipping the pages.’ @rubie_reads

Wow… Full of so many twists and turns I feel dizzy… It kept me on my toes.’ Goodreads reviewer

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