Mother Loves Me

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HarperCollins Publishers, Aug 6, 2020 - Fiction - 304 pages
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The creepiest debut thriller you will read this year!

One little girl.
Mirabelle’s mother loves her. She’s her ‘little doll’. Mother dresses her, paints her face, and plaits her hair. But as Mirabelle grows, the dresses no longer fit quite as well, the face paint no longer looks quite so pretty. And Mother isn’t happy.

Two little girls.
On Mirabelle’s 13th birthday, Mother arrives home with a present – a new sister, 5-year-old Clarabelle, who Mother has rescued from the outside world.

But Mother only needs one.
As it dawns on Mirabelle that there is a new ‘little doll’ in her house, she also realizes that her life isn’t what she thought it was. And that dolls often end up on the scrap heap...

‘Horribly gripping with a heart pounding climax. It gave me shivers’ Jackie Kabler, author of The Perfect Couple

‘Utterly gripping and totally original...disturbing and claustrophobic and quite brilliant’ Alex Lake, bestselling author of Seven Days

‘A shattering and original psychological thriller that will leave you breathless...a stunning debut’ Liv Constantine, author of The Last Mrs Parrish

‘Deliciously creepy...unfolded with great pace in shocking ways ’ M. J. Ford, author of Hold My Hand

‘Incredibly fast-paced and creepy, I absolutely flew through Mother Loves Me’ Phoebe Morgan, author of The Doll House

‘A claustrophobic and twisted tale! Packed with creepiness, tension and so many 'hold your breath' moments I was left gasping for air’ Sam Carrington, author of Saving Sophie

‘With echoes of Emma Donoghue's Room, this twisty, creepy thriller cries out to be read in one nail-biting session’ Carolyn Kirby, author of The Conviction of Cora Burns

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This is a perfect late-night thriller read! It will literally give you goosebumps. The plot was so gripping right from the first page, that I finished it so fast because I couldn’t wait to reach the ... Read full review

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Mirabelle is her Mother's 'little doll'. Mother dresses her like a doll and paints her face every day. Mirabelle lives in a house where the doors are locked, the windows are boarded and she is not allowed to go outside. Mirabelle loves her mother, until one day she realises that all is not right in the boarded up house.
For a debut novel Mother Loves Me knocked my socks off. Abby's writing kept me hooked throughout with her fast-paced chapters, unpredictable twists and jaw-dropping scenes. I literally could not put this psychological thriller down and Mother Loves Me will be embedded in my mind for a very long time. It's creepy, sinister and brilliant!

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About the author (2020)

Abby Davies studied English Literature at the University of Sheffield, then went on to teach English. She lives in Wiltshire with her husband and daughter. Mother Loves Me is her first novel.


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