All Her Fault

The twists and turns kept me guessing

Book title

All Her Fault

Author

Andrea Mara

Standalone or series

Standalone

First time reading this author?

Yes

Why I picked this

It sounded like the good basis of a mystery thriller.

Review copy or purchase

Thank you to the author, publishers Bantam Press and online book club Pigeonhole for access to read this book for free. This is an honest and voluntary review.

What it’s about

When Marissa goes to pick her four-year-old son from an after school playdate her world falls apart. The householder has never heard of Milo or the boy who’s supposed to live there, the other mum Marissa thought she was texting to arrange things is actually on a work trip in Paris and her son is at a different friend’s house. No one knows where Milo is. Why would someone take him, and who’s to blame?

Review

When something happens to a child there’s always someone at fault. It’s interesting in the world of social media and the press that the focus of the fault rarely falls on the perpetrator. Instead it’s often the mother and father (and mainly the mother) who are considered at fault, no matter how unforeseeable the actions are.

That’s the dynamic explored here. When four-year-old Milo goes missing from an affluent Dublin suburb the blame is immediately targeted at his mother Marissa. She thought Milo was on a playdate organised by text with a classmate’s mother, but when she arrives at the address given no children live there and there’s no sign of Milo.

So, who is to blame? There are a number of people who could be at fault, including the one seen walking away from the school with Milo on that last day. The attention flickers between them all, and as a reader I was kept guessing, although the outcome wasn’t one I would have ever predicted.

A well-written thriller with twists and turns which rarely feel gratuitous and are always easy to follow.

Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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