The Mother Fault by Kate Mildenhall

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The Mother Fault
Kate Mildenhall
Mystery & Thrillers
HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction, HarperCollins
08 Jul 2021


To keep her children safe, she must put their lives at risk …

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?

The Mother Fault is a chilling dystopian thriller that follows Mim, a mother of two, who goes on the run to find her missing husband, Ben. In a near-future Australia, the government has fitted everyone with a tracking chip to keep them ‘safe’, but Ben has somehow gone off the grid. Mim is threatened by the sinister Department, who wants to take her children away and send her to a re-education camp. She decides to risk everything and escape, embarking on a perilous journey across the outback and the sea, with the help of some unlikely allies.

The book is well-written, with a gripping plot, believable characters, and vivid descriptions. The author creates a realistic and terrifying scenario, where climate change, surveillance, and authoritarianism have taken over the country. The book also explores the themes of family, identity, love, and courage, as Mim faces her past and discovers her inner strength. The book is the third in the Detective Gaby Darin series, but it can be read as a standalone, as the author provides enough background information and references to the previous books.

The Mother Fault is a compelling and thought-provoking thriller that will appeal to fans of Margaret Atwood, George Orwell, and Aldous Huxley. It is a book that will make you question, fear, and hope for the future.



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