Am I Guilty?
by Jackie Kabler
A mother’s job is to protect her child…but everyone makes mistakes.
I never thought it would happen to me…
One moment I had it all – a gorgeous husband, a beautiful home, a fulfilling career and two adorable children. The next, everything came crashing down around me.
They said it was my fault. They said I’m the worst mother in the world. And even though I can’t remember what happened that day, they wouldn’t lie to me. These are my friends, my family, people I trust.
But then why do I have this creeping sensation that something is wrong? Why do I feel like people are keeping secrets? Am I really as guilty as they say? And if I’m not, what will happen when the truth comes out…?
Jackie Kabler was born in Coventry but spent much of her childhood in Ireland. She worked as a newspaper reporter and then a television news correspondent for twenty years, spending nearly a decade on GMTV followed by stints with ITN and BBC News. During that time, she covered major stories around the world including the Kosovo crisis, the impeachment of President Clinton, the Asian tsunami, famine in Ethiopia, the Soham murders and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Jackie now divides her time between crime writing and her job as a presenter on shopping channel QVC. She has a degree in zoology, runs long distances for fun and lives in Gloucestershire with her husband.
Thea did it – everyone said so. She even believed it herself. Hated herself for it. Not that she could remember the day, or how the incident actually happened. But, there were others there at the time – witnesses – and they said she’d done it.
Oh, the beauty of this story is that it takes some time to learn just what the incident is – and it is as shocking as you’d expect. (Do you realise how hard it is to not give anything away here? 😉 Trust me, it’s a struggle, but you’ll thank me for it)
Thea has to accept responsibility for what happened. Her best friend, Isla; her husband, Rupert; her eight-year-old daughter, Nell; Nell’s best friend, Millie and Millie’s father, Greg were all there.
Amnesia brought on by the trauma means Thea has no option to trust their version of events.
Until her memory returns and fleeting flashbacks make her question the events of that day. Now, she’s convinced she’s going mad, that her mind is purposely avoiding the truth and offering up a more palatable version.
But, there is a universal truth that underlies this story: Your lies will always find you out. Do terrible things, and terrible things happen to you. Karma has a way of balancing things out.
So, whose secret is the greatest? Whose lies pose the bigger risk? Is anyone telling the truth? Is Thea responsible?
Just as you think you know the answer, the story takes another turn. If you’re anything like me, you’ll suspect everyone at some point in this story.
The story is told in first person with alternating chapters from the main characters which lets the reader see the story from every angle. So many twists, so many turns, but always with the ultimate question for Thea: Am I Guilty?
The story is firstly emotional and harrowing, but as the months pass and lies begin to unravel, the pressure mounts unbearably on some. What follows then grows more tense, becomes more gripping and addictive; the characters draw you in, make you like them, empathise with them – well, most of them anyway. It’s a true page-turner, and thoroughly entertaining.
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