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Book Review – The Guilty Mother by Diana Jeffrey @dianefjeffrey @HQDigitalUK #BookReview #BookBlogger #thriller

Omg omg omg I don’t know whether to laugh at the sheer brilliance of the thriller or cry at the pathos weaved in the storyline.

Melissa was in prison for killing her newborn baby.

One child died, it was ruled as cot death. Second too died in 3 weeks, it was MURDER.

She was tried and convicted until an appeal brought hope of her release. Journalist Jonathan and colleague Kelly soon got to investigating, and the truth revealed was simply soul-chilling.

My first book by Diane Jeffrey, and I have become a permanent fan of her writing. A mind blowing storyline, which had the excitement coursing through my veins, made it a delight to read. The plot twists had me going WOW after every few pages. AND THAT LAST CHAPTER TOOK MY BREATH AWAY. It was everything a thriller ought to be. My pulse skyrocketed. OMG. I simply couldn’t believe what I had just read.

Told in multiple POV of the 2 journalists and mother Melissa, the characterization was realistic and with genuine emotions. Each of them had something happening in their personal lives which was triggered by Melissa’s story. They were all trapped in this whirlpool where secrets had to be forgotten, changes had to be made, and revenge had to be taken and justified.

Diane Jeffery has made this book a rocking, absolutely unputdownable roller coaster of a ride where the dips were so low that they touched the darkness of a human psyche and the ups were so high that I was instantly dizzy. It was nothing short of sheer genius, a master storyteller who could make the heart thud with a single stroke of her pen. I was still trembling with the rush of adrenaline while writing this review. WOW

I received a free ARC from NetGalley and publisher HQ Digital, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

All my reviews can be read here

Melissa Slade had it all: beauty, money, a successful husband and beautiful twin babies. But, in the blink of an eye, her perfect life became a nightmare – when she found herself on trial for the murder of her little girls.


Jonathan Hunt covered the original Slade Babies case for the local newspaper. Now that new evidence has come to light, Jon’s boss wants him back on the story to uncover the truth.

With Melissa’s appeal date looming, time is running out. And, as Jon gets drawn deeper into a case he’d wanted to forget, he starts to question Melissa’s guilt.

Is Melissa manipulating Jon or telling him the truth? Is she a murderer, or the victim of a miscarriage of justice?

And if Melissa Slade is innocent, what really happened to Ellie and Amber Slade?

Publication Date: 2nd August 2019

Publisher: HQ Digital

26 thoughts on “Book Review – The Guilty Mother by Diana Jeffrey @dianefjeffrey @HQDigitalUK #BookReview #BookBlogger #thriller Leave a comment

  1. I’m so happy for you that you have had so many good books to read lately. I’m seeing so many terrific reviews from you, and I just have to smile at the enthusiasm that you are bringing to these reviews every single time. It really makes me happy, and that’s about the best compliment I can think of for your review 😘

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