To keep her children safe, she must put their lives in danger…
In suburban Australia, Mim and her two children live as quietly as they can. Around them, a near-future world is descending into chaos: government officials have taken absolute control, but not everybody wants to obey the rules.
When Mim’s husband Ben mysteriously disappears, Mim realises that she and her children are in great danger. Together, they must set off on the journey of a lifetime to find Ben. The government are trying to track them down, but Mim will do anything to keep her family safe – even if it means risking all their lives.
Can the world ever return to normality, and their family to what it was?
A beautifully written thriller that is eerily right for our times, for fans of Jane Harper and Hanna Jameson.
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Very exciting read, keeps you in the edge of your seat. It does feel a bit like a mission impossible spy type plot, but with a family focused edge. Every mother knows they would do the same in this situation- you’d do anything to protect your family.
Absolutely brilliant, a dystopian society where the Department knows and sees all. I was completely sucked in, combine that with a racing pulse and sweaty palms with that final chapter and you have a book that cries out to be a film. A definite keeper!
Love this book, Australia as you've never known it ruled by the department, so when Mim is told Ben her husband has gone missing she needs to work out what's best for her plus the children Essie and Sam.
The department send round two of their people to "help" and advice which includes warning her to stay at home sign some forms hopefully without her reading them and surrender their Passports. So just the normal run of the mill stuff in a dictatorial regime. Ben worked at a project in Indonesia mining for gold so was away a lot of the time but had been expected home in a few days time, this allows Mim the luxury to decide to delay telling anyone apart from Raquel a independent journalist not from Australia obviously who happened to ring her soon after hearing of Bens disappearance. The timing is incredible but it seems well i better let you read that for yourself hate spoilers.
This thriller is the story of protecting her Children and hence keeping them away from the arms of the department who will try to take them as security, they don't know if Mim is in on anything and they want Ben back. So as they make a run for it the suspense builds and the odd twist takes you in new directions, with surprising choices
I really enjoyed this book loved it even and I hope you do as well, i high recommend it
A gréât read. A well thought out dystopian world that gives enough detail to understand but not too bogged down. Full of twists and interesting details
This is one of those books which draws you in from the start and you just have to keep reading it to see what happens next. A thriller with strong characters and an air of mystery throughout as you follow a mother's journey to protect her children and search for her missing husband. Highly recommended read.
A really gripping and thoughtful mystery set in a near future Australia where extreme measures have been put in place to cope with post climate change life and to control the population under the guise of caring and convenience. I was really struck by the fact that Mim and Ben initially saw themselves as staunch environmentalists but gradually got dragged into the system. Also the younger generationd frustration that they had to live with the effects of missing the climate change action window.
That all sounds very serious and parts of the story are but there's also plenty of adventure as Mim and the kids go on a mission to find the missing Ben. I loved this and couldn't put it down. Food for thought as well.
The impressive - and frightening - aspect of this novel is that it has a totally believable near-future dystopian scenario, unlike many other far-fetched SF plots. It needed no suspension of disbelief on my part, as many of the details are already in progress - or not far from fruition. The human micro-chipping is a particularly chilling forecast of things to come, unless humanity starts to wake up and get off its collective knees. I hope this will act as a warning akin to Orwell’s prophetic novels, if it’s not too late.
A must read, if you value freedom,
A pretty chilling version of the world in the not distant future, where control is everything, the climate is out of control and people are monitored at every turn.
The characters were excellently described and just reading about them leaves you feeling as hot and thirsty as they are when they set off to find the truth about their missing family member.
The creepiness of the chips implanted into all "decent" citizens is seriously worrying-you can well imagine some world leaders thinking "what a great idea"!
Well paced and with plenty of heart-stopping moments.
A chilling image of a dystopian world where people are chipped, monitored, controlled. The government of the day have complete control and anyone who speaks out against this way of life, is closed down very quickly and permanently.
Mim’s husband has now gone missing! Can she find him and keep her family safe in the meantime?
A well written book. Set in Australia and a dystopian future which seems a bit too real at the moment! Really enjoyed this book
Brilliant book well worth a read. I loved the way the story is so relatable to society today in the current pandemic. Poor Mim struggles to keep her kids safe while searching for her husband missing in Indonesia. I would love to know more about his disappearance and what happens next for them all. Reunited with her lost love adds a bit of extra spice to this story.
A really good read, set in Australia, in a near future dystopian society. Mim, a mother of two children, finds out that her husband is missing and sets off with the children to find him having to avoid detection by the 'Department'. A gripping mystery that I found hard to put down, wanting to know where the search takes Mim and her need to keep her children safe.
My thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for my copy of The Mother Fault. This is a dystopian novel with a thrilling plot including well thought out detail and believable multi dimensional characters It really had me on tenterhooks towards the end which came too soon for my liking.
I read this book with a feeling of fascinated horror. Mim is a mother of two children and her husband works for ‘The Department’. He is often working overseas with something to do with the mines – he is expected home imminently. Then there is some disturbing news, there has been an explosion and he is missing. How can this be? Has he been blown to bits? Surely, they can find him because everyone has been chipped by the Department – she recalls her babies being chipped in their hands as soon as they were born. So where is he?
The Department controls everything, everywhere just not the USA. They have housing for people that do not conform, like Mim’s brother who had been an addict. People often disappear from these housing estates.
Mim receives help from the Department to help her cope until her husband is found.
This dystopian tale is brilliant. Correction this frightening dystopian tale is brilliant. It has intrigue, murder, conspiracy, familial love, lust and survival and the brilliant characters of the two children. Sadly Mim sometimes just makes the wrong choice. Sorry, you will need to read it to find out more.
Read it you should, it is extremely well written, with themes that will make you think and make you uncomfortable; but enjoy it, I think, is a certainty.
Thank you to the author, publishers and NetGalley for providing an ARC via my Kindle in return for an honest review.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it kept me gripped and wondering how (or if) it would all work out.
The dystopian world it is set in is all too believable and you can see clearly how it could actually happen. I was fascinated by the ways the Department kept control and thought that this element was very well written. This is one book that you will keep reading late into the night.
My only disappointment was with the ending as I prefer to have all ends neatly tied and not leave me with questions.
I really enjoyed this book.
The premise is so different to any other book I’ve read and the writer makes it real by including every day events and family like to make it plausible.
Well written and exciting.
The setting in Australia is wonderful. It shows how even in sparsely populated vast areas are the only place one can escape fleetingly a controlling regime.
I truly rooted for this mother despite the fact that she endangers friends and family in her quest to find answers and her missing spouse, 2hilst fleeing with her difficult kids.
I received a free copy from the publishers of this book and my only niggle is how a novice ends up in such a short time able to navigate and sail a small vessel with no real assistance across a dangerous ocean... as a qualified sailing crew this jars.
Despite this minor point the story is well written and gripping.