A Good Mother by Sam Hepburn @Sam_Osman_Books @Bookouture Publication Day 5-26-21


I see my son’s scooter lying in the undergrowth. Time stands still. Where is he? Deafened by my own heartbeat, I keep looking but I can’t see him. This is all my fault. My punishment for the things I did, and the things I should have done.

All I ever wanted was to keep my son safe. I married the perfect husband, built the perfect home. I’ve tried to give Finn the life I never had.

Everything was going so well. Until now. 

It’s just small things at first – a punctured tyre, an open gate that I’m sure I locked. But then I see the photograph of two young girls, and a night I’ve tried to forget.

I know I have to stop pretending that nothing is happening. I can’t escape the truth.

Someone knows my secret. But what do they want from me?

My Review

This 5⭐️ opening scene, a flashback, will have you hooked instantly! Flash forward to Present… meet Nicci, a put-together woman, wife, mother, friend. She has a beautiful home, handsome husband, and perfect part-time job in reception at her husband’s surgery. She lives the dream that many women have. She has it all.

JUST KIDDING… clearly, any seasoned psychological-thriller-reader knows that NOTHING is EVER the way it seems. Would we read it if it did? Unlikely! Haunted by her troubled past, and the shady characters that inhabited the life of her younger self, Nicci tries her best to hide who she used to be.

Ha! Fat chance Nicci. Nice try. Not even close! Sam Hepburn does a smashing job building a suspenseful plot and revealing shocking twists… yep… chapter 28 twist… never saw it coming! This was the start of many shocking heart-pounding plot twists!

I am a huge fan of Sam Hepburn and this book was no exception. I LOVED this story. I was rooting for Nicci (although spent much time yelling at her to “get it together girl”). Definitely highly recommend this book! Available on 5/26. Pre-order your copy now. You won’t regret it.

Sam Hepburn

Sam’s Sudanese father and English mother met at art school in London in the 1950s, married soon afterwards and set up home in Khartoum. They separated when Sam was three and she and her mother returned to live in England. Sam began to revisit her Sudanese family in her twenties and since then has worked and travelled widely in Africa and the Middle East.

She read modern languages at Cambridge University and, after a brief spell in advertising, she joined the BBC as a General Trainee. She worked as a documentary maker for twenty years and was one of the commissioners for the launch of BBC Four.

Quicksilver, her first novel for children, was published in 2010. Since then she has published a sequel to Quicksilver, two crime thrillers for teenagers and her debut psychological thriller for adults ‘Her Perfect Life’ (Harper Collins 2017). She has been shortlisted for several prestigious prizes and nominated for the Cilip Carnegie Medal for her YA thrillers.

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