We are delighted for Leah Mercer, whose dark and emotional new novel A Mother’s Lie is published today by Bookouture.

A story about pregnant Ali who retreats to her seaside cottage only to find friendship with the unpredictable and impulsive Meg is sure to grip readers from start to finish, and we can’t wait for readers to get their hands on a copy.

Early readers have been completely captivated by this novel, have a look here:

‘This is a story that grabbed my heart!… an intriguing, emotional novel with an ending you just will not even imagine! I always enjoy Leah Mercer’s stories, and this one has quickly become one of my favourite’s so far this year!’ Goodreads reviewer

‘My eyes were teary more than a few times. I would give this novel 10 stars out of 5 if this were possible.’ Goodreads reviewer

I loved it!…This is a truly great read and will keep you up long after bedtime.’ Read Rate Review

I read this book in a day. It was so good.’ Books with Wine and Chocolate

‘I was glued to the pages throughout as I rode the emotional rollercoaster. Happiness, devastating sadness, anger, fear, surprise. This book had it all. I loved it!’ Goodreads reviewer

My darling child… all I’ve ever yearned for. But how do I keep you safe?

When Ali retreats to her seaside cottage, all she wants is to be alone. To reconnect with a place that has always felt like home until her baby is born.

But then her life collides with the people living in the house next door, Michael and Meg, and she is immediately welcomed into their perfect life with their beautiful baby Jem. As they help her prepare for her own arrival, Ali knows she has made the right choice for her baby in returning to Seashine Cottage.

When Michael leaves suddenly for a work trip, and Meg impulsively invites Ali to move in, it becomes clear things aren’t as perfect as they first seemed.

Meg is holding on to a dark secret. And as her behaviour becomes ever more erratic – leaning on Ali for increasing amounts of help – while Michael shows no signs of returning, Ali begins to worry.

Does she need to protect herself and her unborn child from the new friend she thought would help keep her safe? And what about her own devastating secret… the one she’s been running from?

A huge congratulations to Leah on this very special day. You can now order a copy here.