One missing boy.

Marissa Irvine arrives at 14 Tudor Grove, expecting to pick up her young son Milo from his first playdate with a boy at his new school. But the woman who answers the door isn’t a mother she recognises. She isn’t the nanny. She doesn’t have Milo. And so begins every parent’s worst nightmare.

Four guilty women.

As news of the disappearance filters through the quiet Dublin suburb and an unexpected suspect is named, whispers start to spread about the women most closely connected to the shocking event. Because only one of them may have taken Milo – but they could all be blamed . . .


My review

I read this in 10 staves with The Pigeonhole online bookclub and I really enjoyed it. There were so many suspects and so many possible motives, that reading along with my ‘pigeon’ friends added to the excitement. We guessed and discussed and deliberated and came to so many diverse conclusions, but the ending was quite convoluted and unexpected and we mostly only touched at all the possibilities.

Reading a book like this with others in real time is such a great experience – it’s like sitting on the sofa with your mates and screaming at the TV screen. ‘No – not him. Not her. It can’t be that idiot. He couldn’t possible have done it.’ It’s such fun that when I read a book on my own I get quite frustrated at having no-one to share with.

My only reservation with All Her Fault is that the the sadness of the big reveal, while giving a definite motive, is a tiny bit out of keeping with the tone of the book. It prevents me from calling it an entertaining murder-filled romp, which is what I felt while I was reading. However I still loved it and would recommend it to anyone who wants a book that makes them really think and try to work out what’s going on.

Many thanks to The Pigeonhole, the author and my fellow Pigeons for making this such an enjoyable read.

About the Author

Andrea Mara is a crime novelist from Dublin, Ireland, with her husband and three young children. Her first book, The Other Side of the Wall, was shortlisted for the Kate O’Brien Award 2018 and was recently an Amazon number one bestseller in Irish Crime.

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