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A compulsive family drama about a mother's desperate search to reclaim her daughter from the horrors of her own past, perfect for fans of Then She Was Gone.


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A compulsive family drama about a mother's desperate search to reclaim her daughter from the horrors of her own past, perfect for fans of Then She Was Gone.

30 review for A Mother's Lie

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shelleen Toland

    OMG talk about a dysfunctional family. Beth and her daughter Dana seem to have a great life. Beth has a good job and a nice place. Then her ex shows up acting out of character. Then her parents. One thing leads to another and lies all become exposed. This will have you shouting and shaking your head. Con artists that are so horrible he hope something will happen to them. I received this from NetGalley for review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ

    This is the first book I've read by Sarah Zettel and holy cow, this book started with a bang and never let up. A Mother's Lie is a mystery within a mystery and this intensely suspenseful novel delivered exactly what I’ve come to love from books labeled as thrilling. To call this novel entertaining would be missing the point. It is interesting, absorbing, engaging and compelling. It is a great read with lessons to be learned and provides a meaningful message. Ms. Zettel excels at characterization This is the first book I've read by Sarah Zettel and holy cow, this book started with a bang and never let up. A Mother's Lie is a mystery within a mystery and this intensely suspenseful novel delivered exactly what I’ve come to love from books labeled as thrilling. To call this novel entertaining would be missing the point. It is interesting, absorbing, engaging and compelling. It is a great read with lessons to be learned and provides a meaningful message. Ms. Zettel excels at characterization, capturing the essence of personality and portraying characters that are unique but also recognizable. The characters are never stagnant. We watch them evolve as the story moves on, and we also learn the hidden motivations driving their choices. One of my favorite aspects was how Zettel expertly captures the magnetic personality of a sociopath, who so easily draws others into the swirling vortex. The plot is complex and masterful, beginning with a slow burn and gradually building intensity. Don't get too comfortable, because Zettel gives us a couple twists. Was this book over the top? YES! But in the most amazing way. I usually hate that in a book but Ms. Zettel did it campy perfectly. All. The. Stars. Thank you NetGalley, Grand Central Publishing and Sarah Zettel for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own. #NetGalley

  3. 5 out of 5

    Toya

    This book was bat shit crazy. There’s literally no other way to describe it. By the end, I just wanted the craziness to be over and done with.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kristin (Always With a Book)

    Full review up on blog: http://alwayswithabook.blogspot.com/2... Full review up on blog: http://alwayswithabook.blogspot.com/2...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sonica

    Thank you HBG Canada for my copy of A Mother’s Lie, by Sarah Zettel in exchange for my honest review. This title publishes April 7, 2020. I devoured this book in two sittings. It was fast-paced and had my adrenaline pumping all the way through. The story follows Beth Fraser who has worked so hard to keep her troubled upbringing and dysfunctional parents hidden in the past, especially from her impressionable daughter, Dana. Beth has built a safe and protected life for the two of them and has manage Thank you HBG Canada for my copy of A Mother’s Lie, by Sarah Zettel in exchange for my honest review. This title publishes April 7, 2020. I devoured this book in two sittings. It was fast-paced and had my adrenaline pumping all the way through. The story follows Beth Fraser who has worked so hard to keep her troubled upbringing and dysfunctional parents hidden in the past, especially from her impressionable daughter, Dana. Beth has built a safe and protected life for the two of them and has managed to keep things simple for almost fifteen years …. until the past knocks on her door. As she tries to navigate her way out of things, Beth is forced to build further on the kingdom of lies she has already created and puts her relationship with her daughter and both their lives at risk… This was a well-paced suspense that kept me turning pages QUICKLY. With short chapters and told in alternating POVs of Beth and Dana, A Mother’s Lie was an eventful read filled with unreliable characters. As the story unfolded, I started to question Beth and her intentions and wasn’t really sure what to believe about her. I found myself guessing all the way through about who was telling the truth and who was not. Beth and her daughter get caught up in a tangled web of secrets and lies that only Beth can free them from – but at what cost? This was a well-written compulsive family suspense that had all elements for the perfect binge read. I highly recommend this one be added to your reading list, its a quick read that will get you out of any reading slump you may be in.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Reading Mama

    A Mother's Lie was the first book that I read this month, and what a ride it was! Goodreads calls this "A compulsive family drama about a mother's desperate search to reclaim her daughter from the horrors of her own past, perfect for fans of Then She Was Gone." Beth is a single mother who has worked hard to provide structure and security for herself and her teenage daughter, Dana. One day, Dana is approached by a stranger who tells her that her mom isn't really who she says she is. Pretty soon, A Mother's Lie was the first book that I read this month, and what a ride it was! Goodreads calls this "A compulsive family drama about a mother's desperate search to reclaim her daughter from the horrors of her own past, perfect for fans of Then She Was Gone." Beth is a single mother who has worked hard to provide structure and security for herself and her teenage daughter, Dana. One day, Dana is approached by a stranger who tells her that her mom isn't really who she says she is. Pretty soon, the life that Beth has worked so hard to build is in jeopardy of falling apart. I gave this one 5 stars because it was a wild ride from start to finish. As secrets from Beth's past emerged, I started to question her and her motives. The whole book is a guessing game of who is being truthful. There were so many times when my opinions of Beth would shift, and I kept questioning and doubting who was telling the truth. You really never know what is going to happen next, and Beth and Dana get caught in a tangled web, putting their lives in extreme danger. This was the perfect read to kick off the month.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Francesca

    A Mother’s Lie is a perfect showcasing of how secrets between a parent and child can have devastating results. A suspenseful story of what happens when a mother’s past catches up to her. Even as it does, she continues to lie to the one person she should tell the truth to, and that proves to have dangerous consequences. Every new story, that Beth Fraiser told, had me guessing if it was real or made up. You can’t tell where the lie starts and when it ends. I loved the twists and turns we took thro A Mother’s Lie is a perfect showcasing of how secrets between a parent and child can have devastating results. A suspenseful story of what happens when a mother’s past catches up to her. Even as it does, she continues to lie to the one person she should tell the truth to, and that proves to have dangerous consequences. Every new story, that Beth Fraiser told, had me guessing if it was real or made up. You can’t tell where the lie starts and when it ends. I loved the twists and turns we took throughout the book and appreciated the narrated perspectives of not only Beth but from her daughter, Dana’s perspective as well. Beth and Dana were challenged throughout the novel continuously but one thing that survived all the guts and gore was their bond, and that was so nice to see after the rollercoaster the story took me on.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ashleigh

    Wow, last night I finished A Mother's Lie after devouring this 400 page book. It was definitely a page turner. I really enjoyed the writing style between Beth, the mother, and Dana, the daughter. The character development was outstanding. A Mother's Lie was definitely a wild ride, full of lies, adventure, betrayal, love, strong bonds and full of nail biting twists and turns. It really protrayed how devastating lies between a parent and child can be. The story follows Beth and her daughter Dana, a Wow, last night I finished A Mother's Lie after devouring this 400 page book. It was definitely a page turner. I really enjoyed the writing style between Beth, the mother, and Dana, the daughter. The character development was outstanding. A Mother's Lie was definitely a wild ride, full of lies, adventure, betrayal, love, strong bonds and full of nail biting twists and turns. It really protrayed how devastating lies between a parent and child can be. The story follows Beth and her daughter Dana, as things from Beth's past start to come back into her life. As we watch Beth trying to navigate through lies as her life begins to unravel. Beth's con artist parents have returned to wreck havoc on their lives, and Dana's father is in way too deep. The past can no longer stay hidden and high stake adventures entail to life ands death situations. You find yourself guessing where the lie started or if it was ultimately the truth. One thing remained throughout the book and it was how strong the mother daughter bond remained.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Onceinabluemoon

    I got this for my husband, he didn't care for it and naturally I thought it was great! It's off kilter, I never knew who to believe, I love books that have you on edge, no perfect clear cut path, just a deranged family dragging you around!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    A Mother's Lie follows Beth and her daughter Dana as their lives start to unravel when Beth's past finally come sniffing around to wreck havoc again. Her past takes the form of some extremely deceptive parents who excel in the art of being con artists. I was questioning myself throughout the book if I should be trusting these characters or not. This novel is pretty fast paced and a fun thriller to read. I have not read anything by this author before and just based on this book, I would be interes A Mother's Lie follows Beth and her daughter Dana as their lives start to unravel when Beth's past finally come sniffing around to wreck havoc again. Her past takes the form of some extremely deceptive parents who excel in the art of being con artists. I was questioning myself throughout the book if I should be trusting these characters or not. This novel is pretty fast paced and a fun thriller to read. I have not read anything by this author before and just based on this book, I would be interested in reading her other works. The ending felt a little rushed and overall a little anti-climactic. The journey to the end was very tense and had a good buildup with a flat result. Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ethan

    "Her secrets were more than burdens. They were vicious, living things with claws and fangs." This year marks the eighth year for A Book A Week. Over those years, I've counted many of my fellow bloggers as mentors and friends. Luanne at A Bookworm's World has been one of those from the very start. She posts insightful reviews of a variety of genres, hosts unique features, and has some of the best giveaways. In fact, that is how I came to acquire my latest read, A Mother's Lie by Sarah Zettel. At f "Her secrets were more than burdens. They were vicious, living things with claws and fangs." This year marks the eighth year for A Book A Week. Over those years, I've counted many of my fellow bloggers as mentors and friends. Luanne at A Bookworm's World has been one of those from the very start. She posts insightful reviews of a variety of genres, hosts unique features, and has some of the best giveaways. In fact, that is how I came to acquire my latest read, A Mother's Lie by Sarah Zettel. At first, the publisher cautioned that it might take a while for me to receive my copy due to the ongoing restrictions from COVID-19. They even forwarded an ebook copy to hold me over while I waited! Out of the blue, my physical copy arrived last week, way earlier than I expected. Book mail is always a sweet surprise, but it is even better to receive it during a quarantine! Beth Fraser has worked extremely hard to shield her teenage daughter Dana from the harsh realities of the world. No, she's not one of those crazy mothers who deprive their daughters of the milestones that come with growing up. By all accounts, Dana is well adjusted. She has close friends, a love for cooking, and even has a promising summer internship on the horizon. Dana's father calls to cancel plans with her, attempting to avoid the difficult conversation with her by having Beth relay the message. This isn't really a surprise. He never really wanted anything to do with the girl, and Beth actually prefers it this way. Better for Dana to learn of the disappointments of the world now while her mother is still there to protect her. The steel facade of Beth's life his built upon the wealth she's acquired with Lumination, a hedge fund company. She helped build the company and her reputation by sniffing out the sour apples, advising against poor investments, or suspicious individuals. Beth has a knack for reading people. Because of this, a situation with Dana's father shocks her. As she begins to deal with the ramifications of him reaching out, a Pandora's box to her past begins to open. Suddenly she is being forced to face her history, the lies, secrets, and yes, even her manipulative parents. With her carefully safeguarded life beginning to crumble, Beth faces the difficult task of attempting to keep everything together while dealing with the blowback of a past life being revealed to her daughter. Coming off of a rather challenging read, A Mother's Lie by Sarah Zettel was the perfect novel to binge through. Zettel writes a compelling thriller that mixes in a family drama that is as riveting as the action. Chapters alternate between the perspectives of Beth and Dana, allowing the reader to see both sides of the drama as it unfolds. As each character is developed, more secrets are revealed. In the thick of the novel, I really couldn't decide who to believe. This only adds to the suspense and paranoia. There's nothing flashy here, no giant twists or big set pieces. Still, A Mother's Lie page-turner propelled by the intriguing family dynamic and shifting POV's. This is the kind of compulsive read that had me blowing through the pages and staying up way too late. In short, everything I want from a thriller.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Fazenbaker

    A Mother's Lie by Sarah Zettel was an easy addition to my 2020 reads. The book follows Beth and her daughter Dana in their crazy mixed up life. Beth has many skeletons in her closet and they quickly fall out. Dana struggles with trusting her mother and fulfilling her need for an extended family. Dana simply wants to have a normal family life even if it means going behind her mother's back to do so. . I felt like Beth was a hot mess in this book but she had good reason to be. She was always lookin A Mother's Lie by Sarah Zettel was an easy addition to my 2020 reads. The book follows Beth and her daughter Dana in their crazy mixed up life. Beth has many skeletons in her closet and they quickly fall out. Dana struggles with trusting her mother and fulfilling her need for an extended family. Dana simply wants to have a normal family life even if it means going behind her mother's back to do so. . I felt like Beth was a hot mess in this book but she had good reason to be. She was always looking over her shoulder and watching out for things that were out of place. I felt bad for Beth when details of her past were revealed throughout the book. A Mother's Lie was a mild thriller for me and wasn't as exciting as I had hoped it to be. That being said, I did enjoy the constant changing of events and the mystery of the past. It was difficult to determine which characters were telling the truth and which were lying to help themselves. I wish Doug would have played a bigger part and that the author had told us more of his involvement in the unfolding of things. . Overall I gave A Mother's Lie a 3 star rating. It was a good easy read. I was disappointed in the abrupt ending. I felt like there could have been more to tell about how it all went down in the end. I would recommend this book as a quick and easy read!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Review featured at www.books-n-kisses.com This book was hard to decide on a rating so I went right down the middle. The story was interesting and I liked that the memories of Beth’s life wasn’t told in a matter of a few pages and those few pages affected her whole life. There is a slow unwind of Beth’s past which helps the reader understand why Beth is the way she is. Now there is Dana who has no idea why her mother is the way she is and honestly I felt for Dana. Her mom is nuts in her opinion an Review featured at www.books-n-kisses.com This book was hard to decide on a rating so I went right down the middle. The story was interesting and I liked that the memories of Beth’s life wasn’t told in a matter of a few pages and those few pages affected her whole life. There is a slow unwind of Beth’s past which helps the reader understand why Beth is the way she is. Now there is Dana who has no idea why her mother is the way she is and honestly I felt for Dana. Her mom is nuts in her opinion and would have long ago sent me out into my own world without my mother in it. The story had me interested in the past but the end left me a bit bereft. It seemed so rushed. A hard book to like but I didn’t dislike it. Does that make sense? Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Wow! Thank you @bibliolifestyle and @grandcentralpub for the arc of A Mother's Lie by Sarah Zettel, published April 7th! This book was one wild ride with lots of action! When Beth Fraser discovers her parents are back in town, she has some tough choices to make to protect herself and her teenage daughter. The past can't stay hidden for long, and before you know it, you are off on a high-stakes adventure with life or death results. This was a very quick read for me because it was so action-packed Wow! Thank you @bibliolifestyle and @grandcentralpub for the arc of A Mother's Lie by Sarah Zettel, published April 7th! This book was one wild ride with lots of action! When Beth Fraser discovers her parents are back in town, she has some tough choices to make to protect herself and her teenage daughter. The past can't stay hidden for long, and before you know it, you are off on a high-stakes adventure with life or death results. This was a very quick read for me because it was so action-packed the pages just flew by. This book, while not a twisty turny thriller, nevertheless held plenty of plot to keep you engaged. If you're looking for something to stave off the quarantine boredom, look no further.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alix

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Well that was freaking cray cray! So I'm all about a good con story right now and the characters in this book are all C O N A R T I S T S with a capital C. Dana, the daughter, is slap worthy. Like I understand that you were thrust in a pretty crazy situation, but gahhhhhhh. I was in a buddy read and the other person finished this book in like a day. This is a 400 page book y'all and I was a little shocked by this. But, as I got into the reading groove, I realized how fast this book goes! Over ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Well that was freaking cray cray! So I'm all about a good con story right now and the characters in this book are all C O N A R T I S T S with a capital C. Dana, the daughter, is slap worthy. Like I understand that you were thrust in a pretty crazy situation, but gahhhhhhh. I was in a buddy read and the other person finished this book in like a day. This is a 400 page book y'all and I was a little shocked by this. But, as I got into the reading groove, I realized how fast this book goes! Overall, A Mother's Lie was a well-written, suspenseful and compulsive family drama that is a perfect binge read!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tara Ruff

    Thank you to Grand Central Publishing for this ARC copy of A Mother's Lie in exchange for my honest review. This book is gut wrenching. Whew, as a mother reading this story there were times the reality became so uncomfortable I actually cringed while reading. What a sign of great storytelling. I loved how this story was told from the mother, daughter POV's. I am so glad it did not fall into the cliche pitfall that so many do, where the daughter hates the mother. I had some big feels on this one Thank you to Grand Central Publishing for this ARC copy of A Mother's Lie in exchange for my honest review. This book is gut wrenching. Whew, as a mother reading this story there were times the reality became so uncomfortable I actually cringed while reading. What a sign of great storytelling. I loved how this story was told from the mother, daughter POV's. I am so glad it did not fall into the cliche pitfall that so many do, where the daughter hates the mother. I had some big feels on this one as I mentioned before, great book!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Bowe

    3.75 ⭐ What a crazy book. A family of con artists and their secrets and lies make a lot that go on. Poor Dana having to be thrust into this! I never really knew who to trust but the one I put my most trial in was a good bet! I was slightly disappointed in the end because I really thought it might end different, but it's still great story!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Emily Lynne

    I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads Giveaway program in exchange for an honest review. This was an entertaining but predictable psychological thriller (great beach read!), although it felt rather anti-climactic. The writing itself was captivating and it read like a good action movie, however I found the plot to be just okay.

  19. 5 out of 5

    LibraryLaur

    I stayed up way too late finishing this book...domestic suspense with a happy-ish ending (mother and daughter will both need lots of therapy after this)...a few too many f-bombs and way too much blood for my taste, but if you like that kind of thing you will love this. *Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bindy

    Listened to this book on Auidobooks. I’m thinking it may have been a better book to actually read because I can see where it would be quite the page turner. However, I gave it three stars because it’s not one that kept me on the edge of my seat and wouldn’t keep me up to read at night.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    Not just a mother's lie, but fathers, grandparents, daughters, practically everyone in the book lies. And if someone didn't lie, they were lied to. All the lies make for a story that keeps you reading in attempt to know the truth. I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Aimee

    If you're looking for a quick, heart-racing thriller, this is the book for you! Beth has worked so hard to keep her daughter Dana safe - which has meant keeping her away from Beth's family. When a woman approaches Dana claiming to be her grandmother, everything unravels. I read this in less than 24 hours - it's definitely a page-turner with quick, punchy chapters that kept me wanting (NEEDING!) to know what was going to happen next. As far as the thriller genre goes, I wouldn't say this one is par If you're looking for a quick, heart-racing thriller, this is the book for you! Beth has worked so hard to keep her daughter Dana safe - which has meant keeping her away from Beth's family. When a woman approaches Dana claiming to be her grandmother, everything unravels. I read this in less than 24 hours - it's definitely a page-turner with quick, punchy chapters that kept me wanting (NEEDING!) to know what was going to happen next. As far as the thriller genre goes, I wouldn't say this one is particularly memorable, but it is one of those great books that's perfect when you're searching for an easy thriller read. Thank you Bibliofinder and Grand Central Publishing for sending me a copy of this book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Renny Barcelos

    It was good but a bit I don't know… over the top? It was hard to believe some parts.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Peg

    I read the audio book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina | Travelling.The.Pages

    As soon as I got this one I went in to a buddy read. ⁣ And then I finished it the next day 🤣 ⁣ ⁣ I have to say I knew nothing about this book. What drew me in was the cover. And I’m not totally sure what the paper people have to do with the storyline but the cover is pretty nifty 🤷🏻‍♀️ ⁣ ⁣ Also. I literally hated every single character in this whole book 🤣🤦🏻‍♀️. Dana was the worst. She’s the typical teenager that thinks she knows everything and really doesn’t. And then goes to do what she knows best As soon as I got this one I went in to a buddy read. ⁣ And then I finished it the next day 🤣 ⁣ ⁣ I have to say I knew nothing about this book. What drew me in was the cover. And I’m not totally sure what the paper people have to do with the storyline but the cover is pretty nifty 🤷🏻‍♀️ ⁣ ⁣ Also. I literally hated every single character in this whole book 🤣🤦🏻‍♀️. Dana was the worst. She’s the typical teenager that thinks she knows everything and really doesn’t. And then goes to do what she knows best instead of just listening. ⁣ ⁣ This whole situation that occurs in the book is literally ALL because of Dana. Typical. ⁣ ⁣ I thought the story line was really good. And it definitely kept me interested. I needed to know what was happening and it kept me reading. ⁣ ⁣ And I guess you could say that if an author makes you hate all the characters it’s a sign of good writing. But I’m pretty sure I’m not supposed to hate them ALL 🤣 ⁣ ⁣ I recommend it only cause I’m pretty sure it’s rare for a person to hate every person and I think you guys might like it. ⁣

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sarah - All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

    This book was all kinds of fucked up but I couldn’t put it down. I had to know how Beth was going to save her daughter. Full review to come.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Fishman

    Interesting concept, but the ending was confusing and didn’t live up to the suspenseful promises the rest of the book made.

  28. 5 out of 5

    JoAnn Hall

    Read this in two days!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Monique Lahaie

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫The Mother’s Lie - Sarah Zettle Thank you @hbgcanada & @grandcentralpublishing for a gifted copy in exchange of an honest review! 👩‍👧👩‍👧👩‍👧 When she was younger, Dana was almost kidnapped right before her mother’s eyes. Ever since, Beth Fraser has been a bit overprotective, with daily text check-ins at promptly 4:30pm. One day, Dana runs into her estranged grandmother & intrigued by the possibility of learning more about her family, Dana agrees to meet and talk with her. What she doesn’t r ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫The Mother’s Lie - Sarah Zettle Thank you @hbgcanada & @grandcentralpublishing for a gifted copy in exchange of an honest review! 👩‍👧👩‍👧👩‍👧 When she was younger, Dana was almost kidnapped right before her mother’s eyes. Ever since, Beth Fraser has been a bit overprotective, with daily text check-ins at promptly 4:30pm. One day, Dana runs into her estranged grandmother & intrigued by the possibility of learning more about her family, Dana agrees to meet and talk with her. What she doesn’t realize is that this single meeting will set in motion a destructive string of events and expose lots of long kept family secrets, even her mother can’t protect her from what’s about to happen. 👩‍👧👩‍👧👩‍👧 This thriller is super fast paced and is absolutely crazy! It is a rollercoaster of non-stop thrills, seriously, the more you read the whackier it gets! For some people, I know they love that from a thriller but for me I was honestly a little overwhelmed😂🙈 and the craziness of the plot felt too far fetched and occasionally removed me from the story. I thoroughly enjoyed reading from both Beth and Dana’s perspectives and my thoughts on who I could and couldn’t trust were ever changing! It definitely maintained my interest through the end and I love how Zettel wraps up the book! 👩‍👧👩‍👧👩‍👧

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cristie Underwood

    This was a thrill to read, as the author kept me guessing until the very last page! It is hard to find thrillers that I can’t guess the endings to, but this one succeeded! The characters and plot were also well-written! Highly recommend!

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