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A Mother's Confession

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'He’s dead and I’m safe, but I’m still scared. Sometimes I actually miss him, but then in the very next breath I find that I hate him so much that I hope there is a hell, just so that he can be suffering like he left me here to suffer.'

Olivia and David were the perfect couple with their whole lives in front of them. When beautiful baby daughter Zoe came along, their
Kindle Edition, 354 pages
Published October 28th 2016 by Bookouture
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Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favorites

Oh WOW! I almost have no words. I had no idea what to write so I've holding off on writing this review for quite a while. I thought maybe I would just give it 5 stars and leave it at that. Because every time I started to write this review I got emotional.

How have I not read any books from Kelly Rimmer before?

The story is told from the point of view of Olivia and Ivy. Olivia is a young mother to Zoe and she's recently suffered what everyone refers to as "The Tragedy", her husband
Elyse  Walters
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook- narrated by Brigid Lohrey....**Excellent reader!!!

Anyone who remembers “Mrs. Levy”, from the book, “The Ladies Auxiliary”.....
might have related to Goodreads-friend, Violet, when she wrote....”I thought blood was going to burst through my skin and boil over”.

Mrs. Levy was a vile character. Most readers felt gut wrenching emotions towards her.
I’m here to say....Mrs. Levy met her match in Kelly Rimmer’s novel, “A Mother’s Confession”, with *Ivy*. Ivy will have steam coming out of your
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars

While I found the story interesting and well written in places I had an issue with the bookcover which really irked me and that was the description on the front cover of the paperback edition as per spoiler below.

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May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
I have a lot of thoughts about A Mother's Confession. It was good, but also INCREDIBLY frustrating. It's not a spoiler to say this is the story of Olivia, a woman whose husband badly abused her. It is told in alternating chapters by her and his mother, Ivy. The story unfolds with more and more details of the abuse and the vile character of David being revealed. I felt for Olivia, even though I struggled to understand how she could stay with a man who treated her like this when she had a caring f ...more
Tracy Fenton
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My thanks to Netgalley for the honour of reading this simply incredible book. A Mother's Confession is an emotional roller coaster and one of the only books I didn't want to read purely because I didn't want it to finish. This is a story about a man called David, a husband, father and son, told from the viewpoint of Olivia, his wife and Ivy, his over protective mother. Shocking and deeply uncomfortable in parts, sad and heartbreaking in others, this gripping and moving book is going straight int ...more
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This has zoomed right into my top 20 fabulous rememberable outstanding choices of 2016

I have enjoyed every single book this author has written. She holds no punches on the readers emotions. Right smack in there where your heart is stampeded on, where the people in the book are real, where the pain becomes your pain, where the hurt becomes your own.

Two women connected by the same man.


Someone's son.
Someone's husband.
But he's also someone's father.

Perfect marriage?
At first.

The marriage becom
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought my own paperback. Bookouture don't send out any actual paperbacks to review so for this reason I only buy a few of Bookouture books. A Mother's Confession is a fantastic novel. I highly recommend it. ...more
Sarah Joint
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I know the synopsis doesn't exactly sound light, but the story is even more heartwrenching and overwhelming than it seems. I didn't count on this book making me cry! Mind blowing good story. It's not a particularly long or short book, but I blew right through it. I was desperate to find out how it ended for Olivia and Ivy. Very moving.

One part struck me towards the beginning. (I even made an update about it on GoodReads.) "Boys will be boys" is what Ivy says after her young son David roughly ya
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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Rarely am I shocked by a twist in a non thriller/mystery novel as I tend to find them mostly predictable, likely due to the fact that I read so many books with amazing plot twists. Generally, enough hints are dropped that I can quickly figure things out without much effort. The cover calls the twist breathtaking and there is no more fitting description to be found.

I had already snagged this one from Netgalley when I read Payton’s compelling review, but man did
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Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-5-stars
How do you move on when the person you’ve built your whole life around is no longer living. That’s what these two women, Olivia and Ivy, struggle with throughout the whole book. Ironically, they have built their lives around the same man–David. But they’ve built their lives around him in two different ways. The story is told from two different perspectives, one a mother and one a wife. One can see absolutely no faults in David and one gets to see the ugly side of him way too frequently.

One thing
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've tried and tried to write a review for this, but whatever I attempt is pitiful; now matter how many words I write or how much feeling I try to convey, I can never do this book justice. So I'll keep my review to two words:


Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is, I believe, written for an adult audience, but I'm going to go ahead and suggest that every mid-late teen, and every new adult interested in having an intimate relationship should read this book. It expertly addresses signs of abuse, how people who see themselves as smarter than to be abused, can not only be abused, but stick around for more. I say the word 'expertly' and I can attest to it - I have never quite related to a character quite the way I related to Olivia.

Character developme
Paul Lockman
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kelly Rimmer has created a very powerful and moving story about domestic violence and abuse. Told alternately from the perspective of the victim Olivia and her mother-in-law Ivy, the book takes you on an emotional roller coaster and I found myself experiencing both empathy and sadness for what Olivia was going through and absolute outrage and contempt for her husband David for inflicting the pain and misery. There was also Ivy his mum (and Wyatt the father for that matter) turning a blind eye to ...more
Renita D'Silva
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A stunning, heart breaking take of love and abuse and grief and beginning again. Really loved it and was moved to tears by it. Beautiful!
Joanne Robertson
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very rarely do I find a book that makes me howl like a baby but A Mothers Confession not only made me cry, I actually had to go into another room as I was sobbing so much I didn't want my family to see! Honestly, I feel as though someone has ripped my heart out of my chest, shredded it into a million pieces and then stuffed it back in again expecting it to work as normal....not happening!!!! This book has shot straight into my top 10 books of the year and I want EVERYONE to read it NOW!

I actuall
Cleopatra  Pullen
This is no romantic light fluffy story, it is something far darker. This was a book that in turn chilled me to the bone, whilst the brilliant device of a mother telling the tale of her little boy’s birth onwards whilst his wife looks back on the life she shared with him as a man, had me absolutely hooked.

We know straight off that there has been a tragedy. David is dead, his wife Olivia is struggling with her grief, her daughter Zoe the only daily contact she has with the world outside her front
Linda Strong
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-2016
Two women loved David. One was his wife who wanted nothing more than to love and be loved. The other was his mother. She was unhappy in her own marriage and made her son the only reason to go on living.

When David kills himself, these two women grieved in different ways. This story is told in alternating chapters from these women.

Olivia is the wife. She loved David until his dark side started showing. He was abusive and physically battered his wife. Somehow it was always her fault. And she felt s
Louise Wilson
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
The story is narrated bi Olivia & Ivy in alternating chapters. Olivis was married to David who is Ivy's son. Davis is a successful business owner and a member of the council. At home he is a violent control freak. This book will mess with your head. With the rollercoaster of emotions, you will feel you have been put through the wringer by the time you reach the end.

I would like to thank NetGalley, Bookouture and the author Kelly Rimmer for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Misty Mount
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The characters were so real and deeply resonated with me. This is one of those stories that, although it broke my heart, will stay with me forever.
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Bookouture puts out yet another fantastic read with Kelly Rimmer’s A Mother’s Confession. I know the old adage about never judging a book by its cover, but I’m sucker for gorgeous book covers, and this one definitely drew me in. Once I read the mini-blurb on the cover, I knew I had to read this book.

The story is told from the perspectives of two mothers—Olivia and Ivy Gillespie—in alternating chapters. In Olivia’s part of the story, we learn details about her courtship and marriage to David, and
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Big Thanks to Netgalley, the publisher Bookouture, and the author Kelly Rimmer for the opportunity to read this extraordinary book in return for a fair and honest review.

WOW, where do I begin?? It has been a long time since I've read a book that had me at a loss for words. I finished this incredibly well-written book well over a week ago and there hasn't been a day since then that I have not thought about some part of this story...What an emotional roller coaster ride this book has been for me
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest and independent review.
A very intense novel told with great empathy. The story is narrated through two characters Olivia and her mother in law, Ivy in alternating chapters, which I really liked. The characters are extremely well thought out and interesting.
This is a powerful book which made me feel a diverse range of emotions - anger, frustration, sympathy and sadness. I was quite shocked at the depth of emotion I felt with Ivy's inab
Sarah Swann
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sooooooo....holy crap.... This book just sent me through all of the emotions. Such a sad and frustrating situation! And Ivy - I don’t remember the last time I read such a FRUSTRATING character! I mean, this woman is the president of Denial Island. Wow! I just absolutely loved this and now I can’t wait to read more from this author!
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“He’s dead and I’m safe, but I’m still scared. Sometimes I actually miss him, but then in the very next breath I find that I hate him so much that I hope there is a hell, just so that he can be suffering like he left me here to suffer.”

Completely incredible and heartbreaking. If I could find words to describe A Mother’s Confession, then those are what I would choose.

A Mother’s Confession is told in dual points of view and by that I mean very, very different points of view. We learn of an eve
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Kelly Rimmer is fast becoming one of my "go-to" authors. Written in a similar vain as Diane Chamberlain or Jodi Picoult, Rimmer tells a heartbreaking story of love, loss and grief, told from alternating viewpoints of Wyn & Ivy.

The story had me hooked from the very first chapter and one that I didn't want to put down. The plot quickly unfolds and makes you really start to think about "nature vs. nurture". Is it possible that dom
Martie Nees Record
Nov 17, 2016 rated it liked it
You know that when there is a contemporary novel about a perfect married couple with their beautiful, perfect baby, sooner or later you will learn that something is amiss. The dark secret in this marriage was that the husband was a wife abuser. Still, the wife had a complete mental breakdown after her husband commits suicide.

This is a character driven novel that is narrated by the young mother and her mother-in-law. The chapters alternate between them. The mother-in-law raised her son to believ
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A Mother's Confession by Kelly Rimmer

This book was about domestic violence between Olivia and her husband David Gillespie. It is also about the deep unyielding love between two women and their only child. David's mother's name is Ivy and we hear from both points of view of Olivia and Ivy in alternating chapters. Both love their children more than anything else in the world. Ivy tells of her only child David's childhood from when he was a little boy until he has met and married Olivia as an adult
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well...where to start! A book that can grab you from the first page, keep you so engrossed that the rest of the world just disappears and then takes a hold of you and twists your heart around and around, is a definite easy 5 stars for me. This book is emotional, compelling and heartbreaking! Told from two perspectives - Olivia (wife of David who has committed suicide and is her abuser) and Ivy, Mother of David who tells her own story of her life as his mother. Kelly Rimmer is an absolute gem of ...more
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommended to Ace by: Sue
This book is ‘easy’ to read as far as domestic violence is concerned as the aggravator (The Son, The Husband) is dead, so telling the story through the eyes of the women in his life is not backed by the silent and ever present fear that he is lurking in the shadows somewhere. Anyone with some exposure to this type of violence in their world will understand this constant overshadowing fear that they are being watched, heard or recorded. Still, it’s a hard read and covers some of the basis’s upon ...more
Claire Wilson
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it

A Mother’s Confession by Kelly Rimmer is one of those thrillers where the story will stay in your mind for days after you have finished it. Olivia is married to David and they have a child. David is a model citizen – he owns a successful business and is also a member of the council. However, within the family home, David is controlling and violent. This story will leave you reaching for the tissues and is a fantastic read. 4 stars
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Kelly Rimmer is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of ten novels, including The Secret Daughter and The Things We Cannot Say. She’s sold more than one million books, and her novels have been translated into more than 20 languages. Kelly lives in the Central West of New South Wales with her family and fantastically naughty dogs, Sully and Basil.

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