The Bad Mother

  • by Isabelle Grey
  • Narrated by Charlotte Strevens
  • 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Recently divorced, Tessa Parker runs a successful B&B in a seaside town. During a surprise visit from Australia, a long-lost aunt lets slip a family secret that unsettles her fragile world. In shock, and feeling betrayed by her whole family, Tessa confides in her ex-husband just as he reveals he has a new woman in his life.
Struck unexpectedly by jealousy; balancing her own turmoil against the demands of parenting, Tessa tries to trace her birth father, with devastating results. Yet she fails to see how this is a crucial moment in her children's lives. If she gets things wrong, the consequences could be fatal.


What the Critics Say

"A moving novel, as a well as a convincing one, and it shows with great clarity how past crimes and well-meaning manipulation damage families for years afterwards" (N.J. Cooper, BookOxygen)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Interesting story, worth including in any library

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

It was a good book, not a fantastic book but good nonetheless. I kind of guessed what was going to happen but still wanted to listen to the end

Would you be willing to try another book from Isabelle Grey? Why or why not?

Possibly depending on the content

What three words best describe Charlotte Strevens’s voice?

Flexible, interesting and warm

Did The Bad Mother inspire you to do anything?


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- Jane

Main character is frustrating but a good listen

If you could sum up The Bad Mother in three words, what would they be?

Overview of motherhood

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

At last the lead character has woken up and checked the facts and stopped being so insecure in her relationships

Which character – as performed by Charlotte Strevens – was your favourite?


Any additional comments?

Unbelievable that in today's world any woman would be so insecure that she did not check the facts she was told by a known murderer.

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- Barbara

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-10-2013
  • Publisher: Quercus