Preview Reviews: The Mother Fault by Kate Mildenhall

Preview Reviews: The Mother Fault by Kate Mildenhall

You will not recognise me, she thinks, when I find you…

Mim’s husband is missing. No one knows where Ben is, but everyone wants to find him – especially The Department. And they should know, the all-seeing government body has fitted the entire population with a universal tracking chip to keep them ‘safe’.

But suddenly Ben can’t be tracked. And Mim is questioned, made to surrender her passport and threatened with the unthinkable – her two children being taken into care at the notorious BestLife.

Cornered, Mim risks everything to go on the run to find her husband – and a part of herself, long gone, that is brave enough to tackle the journey ahead.

From the stark backroads of the Australian outback to a terrifying sea voyage, Mim is forced to shuck off who she was – mother, daughter, wife, sister – and become the woman she needs to be to save her family and herself.

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The Mother Fault is an intense, fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride, following Mim’s journey in her search for her missing husband and defying all odds to protect her family. With everyone against her, Mim’s journey to find her husband takes her across the country, outback, and ocean, with her two children in tow. Kate Mildenhall creates a scarily probable futuristic dystopian world with many significant parallels to our current society. I highly recommend this book to anyone as it hits all the rights places to make the reader both unsettled and intrigued. Absolutely impossible to put down and had me holding my breath until the very last page. – Rhiannon, WA, 5 Star

A fantastic read. Set in the future but still resonates with the world with we live in today. Has left me thinking well after I put the book down. – Jackie, TAS, 5 Stars

A wonderfully blended story of how a societal change can stealthily manifest, whilst steeped in Australian culture and everyday characters. The exploration of Mim as an ordinary Aussie Mum, doing the best she knows how whilst always second-guessing her parenting and associated natural thoughts, is a realistic portrayal which will resonate with many readers. The fleshing out of other characters continues throughout, with further, interesting information being brought out to the reader along the way and maintaining the interest and thirst for knowing what happens next. The knowledge and/or research by the author is accurately portrayed in a variety of areas: ‘adulting’ and parenting, children’s characters of different ages and sibling interaction, boating, the Australian landscape and cultural references plus adult interrelationships. At times the text is raw, blunt and a little confronting, but not in a gratuitous attempt to be edgy. It is real, relevant and appropriate for the place and context and deepens the ‘reality’ of the story. This was a fantastic read and difficult to put down. It has spurred the search for Kate’s previous novel and flagged as an author to follow. – Merilyn, WA, 5 Stars

I really enjoyed this book! Kate Mildenhall’s The Mother Fault is not something I would normally have chosen but I’m so glad I read it. Scary how easy it was to imagine Australia as Kate described! Hoping that there will be a sequel as there are questions I still want answered! I definitely recommend this book. – Joanne, QLD, 5 Stars

A page-turner of a book a thrilling read set in Australia. Mim’s husband, Ben, is missing and she is forced to make dangerous choices involving her family and children, there are a lot of issues and questions in this book. Hope readers enjoy this book as much as I did. – Gavin, NSW, 5 Stars

The Mother Fault is a really easy read for such a complex concept. I was captivated from the first page and propelled through the book, thirsty for more! It is a scary glimpse into what a dystopian Australia could look like in the not so distant future, underlying a strong need to survive at all costs that will keep you turning the pages as you creep to the edge of your seat. – Mercury, NSW, 5 Stars

Kate Mildenhall’s The Mother Fault is a compelling read. Set in the not-too-distant future this dystopian story particularly resonates during this time of Covid-19 with its stricter government controls, travel lockdowns and accompanying restrictions to daily life. This Australia is recognisable and yet discordant. Protagonist Mim must make extraordinarily daunting choices to protect her family; breaking The Department rules, leaving her safe life behind and taking her children on a dangerous forbidden journey in an attempt to find her missing husband. Mim’s terror and self-doubt are palpable. Mildenhall’s writing style is crisp, understated and evocative with every word essential. In Mim she has created a strong, complex character who sweeps the reader along on her quest to the story’s conclusion. I was fully engrossed in this fast-paced story and delighted by the ending when I was left to reconsider the implications of the title. – Susan, ACT, 5 Stars

I LOVED it!! I would never have thought I would have loved it, I don’t love dystopian fiction, especially not now but it was SO good!! I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like it before! It was incredible and so well done, so well written and such compulsive reading all at the same time!! Absolutely loved it. – Anna, NSW, 5 Stars

I love, love, love this book. I devoured it. We follow Mim in her quest to find her husband, who has gone missing in a world where every individual is tracked and accounted for. As a character, Mim is everything I wanted her to be – loving, bold, fearful and, ultimately (strangely) relatable. The story is compelling, intelligent, confronting, and told beautifully. I would not hesitate to recommend this book! – Laura, SA, 5 Stars

Initially, I found this book quite confronting. Mim is living in a dystopian Australia, reminiscent of Orwell’s 1984, where everyone is microchipped and surveilled by ‘the department’. Yet Middenhall has a knack for drawing the reader in as she deftly brings the story to life. As a mother, Mim’s story resonated with me. Mildenhall describes perfectly the minutiae of motherhood. The tears. The tantrums. The love. The guilt. Amongst all of this chaos, Mim’s husband is missing, sending her, and her children, on a journey fraught with danger to find him. The Mother Fault is a real page-turner, and I could not put it down until I had devoured every page. – Anne, VIC, 5 Stars

The scariest part of this novel, is that it could easily come true. Clever use of the title covers the guilt many mothers feel bringing up their children with no manual as well as geological fault lines which tell a story of our past journeys. Government intervention in Mim’s life proves to be a slowly creeping, ever-changing vine which entangles and threatens her future. A mother’s love for her family proves itself at an unbearable cost to herself and those around her. This book reveals that people we think we know, surprise us to the last page. A thoroughly absorbing read and can’t wait for this author’s next book. – Shelley, NSW, 5 Stars

The Mother Fault by Kate Mildenhall is a real page-turner. It is a frightful look into just what the world could soon be like with everyone having a tracking chip, cameras everywhere and the department know everything about you. This book touches on family, love and lust. Mim, the mother and voice in the book, is a character I loved but also got frustrated with at times. She was a strong woman and you just wanted to see what she would do next. The children play an important role as well. The description of the settings was realistic and visual. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it. – Renee, QLD, 5 Stars

It took me a few chapters to get into this book, but once I did I was hooked. I could really relate to the main character Mim and her feelings of anxiety over the children and the resentment at being the parent who gave up her job to stay at home. In the beginning, it felt a little too science-fiction for me, but as I progressed, it actually became apparent that it was not too far fetched at all. It is alarming how easily our lives could end up so similar to this scenario. I liked how strong Mim’s character was, even though she didn’t realise her own strength. I also enjoyed seeing how much her confidence increased throughout the book. Kate Mildenhall’s superb writing made it so easy to keep turning the pages. The reminiscing and memories of previous events in Mim’s life helped to get a good grasp of her character and made for interesting reading. There were certain parts where I was literally biting my nails and I stayed up way too late to read ‘one more chapter’. The ending wasn’t quite what I expected but it was a fantastic ending and I would definitely recommend this book. – Donna, WA, 5 Stars

Kate Mildenhall has returned with a heart-stopping second novel in The Mother Fault. Set in a dystopian near-future so possibly real, it creates a sense of fear and menace that pervades the novel. This has to be one of the best books I have read in a long time. Kate Mildenhall has managed to create a fast-paced thriller that leaves you unable to put the book aside, with a cast of finely crafted characters that are entirely believable. The protagonist, Mim, gives the novel an intense human side and the reader cannot help but identify and empathise with a mother determined to save her family at all costs. This book has managed to capture very real fears we all hold for the future and yet provide hope in the form of the human spirit. The Mother Fault is an outstanding second novel and I cannot wait to read more of Mildenhall’s writing. – Sarah, NSW, 5 Stars

The Mother Fault is a great book! I have not read any of Kate Mildenhall’s books before. It tells you exactly what a mother will go through to keep her family safe and together. – Christine, QLD, 5 Stars

The Mother Fault is a book that at the moment in this world of COVID-19 seems as though the plot of this book could be possible. The book grabbed my attention from the moment I began reading. The plot and characters were well written due to the fact the characters were introduced well which made it easy to follow the story and the plot was easy to follow and drew you into the story. The main character was Mim. She is the mother of two, and it was easy to relate to her position and responsibilities as a mother. Her strength of character and courage was to be admired. I think most parents would behave the same if put in her position. As the story was easy to follow and had an intriguing plot, one wanted to continually read to the end. It was a book you could put down and easily pick up from where you left off, which I think makes a good writer. – Dianne, NSW, 5 Stars

I went into this book expecting something quite far fetched from reality, but it turned out to have much greater palpability than most would be personally comfortable with. In today’s current climate, The Mother Fault is a story that could easily slip from fiction to a grim actuality. Kate Mildenhall has given us a narrative that seems to have come forth from the depths of a crystal ball. Characters and locations so true to life and written with a real sense of presence in our current times. Mim was such a tangible persona – I have known so much of what is going on within her – definitely a character that I found thoroughly relatable. This was a story that kept me turning the pages, engrossed from beginning to end. – Tracey, SA, 5 Stars

Mim lives a life mostly on her own as her husband works overseas with visits home here and there. One day her husband Ben goes missing and is nowhere to be found. The weird thing is that each person has a chip implanted in them. It serves as a tracker, key to unlock doors and a card to access money but funnily enough this chip can’t track down Ben. Mim and her family’s passports are taken away to ensure she complies with one of Ben’s company’s rules of not travelling until he is found. Mim goes to visit her mum but receives a call from the Department noting her travel and threatening to take her kids away for doing so. Mim goes through a whirlwind of emotions as she does all she can to find her husband and reaches out to an old friend of hers, Heidi. Heidi helps Mim out and removes their chips so as to not get found by the Department and have her kids taken away but will Mim ever escape the Department and find Ben? – Francis, NSW, 5 Stars

Very enjoyable read. I really loved the depth of the characters and the mystery behind them all. Would highly recommend. – Jessie, QLD, 5 Stars

The Mother Fault grabbed my attention from the first page, introducing what would become the mission to be accomplished by the central character, Mim. A mother of two, Mim receives an enigmatic phone call informing her that her husband (who works away on an environmental project) seems to be missing. Set in rural Australia, the story shows us a futuristic, but not unrealistic modern landscape in terms of technology and environmental-climate… bringing to mind George Orwell’s once scandalous idea of Big Brother watching our every move! Despite, or indeed because of this, Mim shows her strength as a loving mother, ever protective, resourceful, desperate yet optimistic. I enjoyed the author’s writing style, especially when inside the mind of the main character… the short, sometimes incomplete sentences highlighted the sense of urgency that permeated the story from beginning to end. Not sure in which genre I would classify The Mother Fault, but a very enjoyable read, suitable even for a young adult audience. Look forward to reading more titles by Kate Mildenhall! – Michelle, QLD, 5 Stars

A brilliant read detailing the lengths a mother will go to keep her family together, stretch the boundaries and find what is hers. The characters are strong and the writing is thought-provoking, at times confronting and forces the reader to step into the protagonist’s shoes and wonder what they would do in that position. The Department details are ominous and believable, enticing the reader to again wonder if this will be a world we will see in the future. A brilliant and highly recommended read. – Helen, QLD, 5 Stars

Wow! This book blew me away! Very topical with the way the world stands at the moment, and it certainly gave me lots to think about. I loved the main character, Mim, with all her flaws intact and very honest views her own feelings and others as well. I found the kid’s characters were not quite as rounded but still equally as honest. An exciting tale with something for everyone, especially women, whether you’re a mother or not! Kate surely has a great gift for words with some of the descriptive prose quite beautiful and highly original. I will be passing this book along to my best bibliophile friends confident that they’ll love it as much as I did. – Faye, QLD, 5 Stars

Compared to The Handmaid’s Tale, I can see why but I wasn’t into that. I’ve read Kate’s Skylarking and these two books are so different. A female hero that does what needs doing to save her family. A terrifying powerhouse thriller with a killer ending. Give your preview copy to your male friends and they’ll come back to you with WOW. A few of my mates have read it in a few days like I did, my copy is happily dog eared from being borrowed. Better Reading, this is the best preview ever, thank you! – Rodney, NSW, 5 Stars

I read a review which said she is a hero of our times. There is nothing else to add to this besides READ IT! TEN STARS. BEST NOVEL OF 2020 AND BEYOND. – Louise, NSW, 5 Stars

The Mother Fault by Kate Mildenhall was definitely a great read. From the first page to the last you were brought along for the adventure. The thrilling storyline had me hooked. Just wanted to keep turning the page and read just one more page to see what happened. Along the way you learnt how the main character Mim would do anything to protect her family while trying to discover what secrets where out there waiting to destroy them all. This book is richly written, and one which I would highly recommend. – Christine, QLD, 5 Stars

I loved Kate Mildenhall’s first novel, Skylarking, so was delighted to be chosen by Better Reading to review her new book. The Mother Fault is set in a near-future, dystopian Australia dealing with the ramifications of climate change. With rising sea levels, unprecedented bushfires and eco-terrorism, a totalitarian government is now in control and keeping a close eye on its microchipped citizens. So what would you do if your husband went missing and it was in the government’s best interests, not to find him? What if you were the only person who could keep your children safe? These are the questions Mim has to face if she ever wants to see her husband again. Narrated in third person subjective, we are drawn straight into Mim’s predicament, how she navigates her fears, rationalises her actions, and lives with her guilt. We are taken on a dramatic journey from suburban Victoria through to NSW country, and the outback as they travel to Darwin and beyond in search of answers. This novel is suspense-driven, primarily due to Mildenhall’s authentic voice and unnerving sense of plausibility. I was engaged from page one, right through to the thrilling conclusion, and left wanting more. – Liz, ACT, 4 Stars

The tension of this powerful fast-paced thriller begins on the first page when Mim’s husband disappears and The Department is looking for him. Set in the not-too-distant future, this controlled dystopian world created by Kate Mildenhall is achingly familiar. Tensions are heightened in a world where citizens movements are monitored and individual liberties have gradually been eroded. What I love most about this novel is that it addresses themes like power and climate change yet the heart of the narrative is a family drama. It is a story of survival and what one woman will do to protect her children. As we travel with Mim on her journey, the reader is invited to consider what one person is capable of to keep their loved ones safe. The Mother Fault is a bold and timely Australian novel that I highly recommend reading. – Vanessa, NSW, 4 Stars

This book set in-the-near-future (hopefully not!) where the government has been replaced by The Department and turns into a thriller as Mim and her children undertake a journey to find their missing husband and father. This book was easy to read with some very scary ideas. I enjoyed it very much overall. – Belinda, NSW, 3 Stars

This is a beautifully written, thrilling read that hooked me in straight away. The book is set in the future and follows Mim and her children’s journey to get away from The Department and find her missing husband. This is a dystopian novel with a difference that deals with issues including parenting, postnatal depression, affordable housing, safety and conformity. I loved the Australian setting and enjoyed being part of the ride. I have read the author’s previous book and loved that as well. I’m so impressed with how the author has managed to write such different stories and genres and write them both so well. I Loved it! Kate Mildenhall is definitely an author to keep an eye on. – Rosie, NSW, 4 Stars

Kate Mildenhall’s The Mother Fault poses questions about the world we can expect tomorrow if we fail to make changes today. But there is no moralising or sermonizing here… what we are gifted with is a thriller in which the protagonist is flawed, driven, and wholly believable. Mim Elliot battles bureaucracy and self-doubt as she plunges head-on into a series of challenges which cause her to doubt her own sanity at times. With two children in tow – each of whom experiences their own trials – a journey is undertaken where known and unknown dangers lurk at every turn. The writing is emotive. One of Mildenhall’s strengths is her ability to catch the action in the mind and words of a character who is entirely believable. There is stunning writing, and the cross-genre novel succeeds as both entertainment and a dire warning. – Michael, VIC, 4 Stars

The Mother Fault by Kate Mildenhall began slowly then really picked up pace action-wise as the story developed. The story revolves around Mim and her two children who live in Australia while her husband works away in Indonesia. The Australia in the book is one which is hard to imagine, extremely controlled by the government, going as far as microchipping it’s residents. Mim has always questioned her emotional connection with her children and when her husband goes missing from his job these feelings constantly surface as Mim and the children take on a huge adventure to find him. Throughout the journey Mim has flashbacks, they stalled the action quite a bit, but we got a good insight into why Mim feels the way she does though. The story is well written and ends dramatically in a way that I never would have predicted. I always enjoy that in a book. Almost a four-star for me. Thank-you Better Reading. – Gail, NSW, 3 Stars

The Mother Fault is an enjoyable, fast-paced dystopian read set in a not-so-distant future. Mim is a strong heroic main character, but I did not find her personable, whereas the presence of her two children helped to balance my negative appraisal as they are more authentic and serve to give a little humour to what is a bit of a dry harrowing thriller. The other characters such as her mother and older bully brother appear superficial, but their existence in flashbacks serve to expand where Mim has come from. Mim’s anticipation that her old flame, Nick, would willingly endanger himself and his family on her behalf is astounding but is consistent with her personality, and his later acquiescence is fitting as it allows a further romantic complication to develop in the plot and keep the readers’ interest with alternative possibilities. The ending is satisfactory and open to the possibility of a sequel. The themes of an authoritarian governing regime, economies built on exploiting natural resources, post-natal depression, the disparity of employment for women, climate change refugees, and underground investigative journalism all serve to highlight the persistence and perseverance of such contemporary matters and hence lend a credibility to the extrapolation of these issues within this novel. – Rosalie, ACT, 3 Stars

The Mother Fault, wow! It is set in Australia yet the population have been chipped and everything is under control by “The Government” in a dystopian novel. The story focuses on Mim, whose husband Ben has gone missing and her journey with their two children to find him. Eerily similar and thought-provoking given our current world status and also importantly, the lengths a mother will go to protect her children, a mother’s love. Thanks to @betterreadingau @simonandschuster for my ARC of this great novel. Loved it. – Renelle, QLD, 4 Stars

Set in an Australia that I don’t want to ever know but I can kinda feel coming. Kate Mildenhall created that prickling of fear and highlighted a dystopian landscape that is only a few gradual changes here and there away. I could see us in this space wondering how the hell we got here, how on earth this happened. Yes, this book drew me in, particularly the second half. I couldn’t put it down and was so invested that I was holding my breath. I was on that journey on that boat and at times I could feel myself swaying with the sea as I read. I enjoyed the way the brutal subjects of government control, climate change, asylum-seeking were contrasted with the fierce love and protection of motherhood and all the emotions involved. Powerful writing, good character building and evocative subject matter make this a book that has me so appreciative of my here and now. – Tammy, SA, 4 Stars

I held my breath many times during Kate Mildenhall’s intensifying page-turner The Mother Fault. Opening on the Elliot household, we meet Mim who has just found out her husband, working in Indonesia, is missing. She is frantic, demanding answers – but pushing for the truth is fraught with danger, and instinct tells her that deception and trouble lie ahead. The all-seeing, menacing presence of ‘The Department’ monitors everyone and everything with their network and microchips. This not-so-distant dystopian Australia is plausible and frightening, and only by acting duplicitously, Mim avoids scrutiny. We follow her and her children, as they search for the truth – from their city life, to the country and across the sea. This compelling story, with its well-crafted dialogue, effortlessly straddles two spheres: a prescient, authoritarian, bleak nation, where the inactions and mismanagement of today have irrefutably caused environmental damage and restrictions on civil liberties; and the old-world norms of motherhood and gender-stereotyped parenting. Mim is strong, courageous and takes charge, but she feels the constant pressures on her ‘mother’ role in surprising ways, and as the story progresses, the cracks made on her own personal fault line redefine her. Definitely a thought-provoking, thrilling read. – Alida, VIC, 4 Stars

Wow, what a read! The story begins in Australia where Mim and her children live; Essie, a young teenager and Sam her five-year-old brother. Her husband of twenty years, Ben, is working overseas and is due to return home soon. But he is suddenly missing – vanished. No-one knows where he is. Doesn’t answer his phone and his work place have no answers. This is a dystopian novel, it will have you turning the pages quickly as you travel with Mim and her children as they endeavour to find Ben before it’s too late. The all seeing government body “The Department”, have fitted the entire population with a universal tracking chip to keep them “safe”. Mim realises that she needs to remove their chip for her plan to work. Next she tracks down a long lost friend (who happens to have also been a love interest before she married), and begs him to help her, offering him a lot of money that she was able to obtain from savings. With his help and his father’s yacht, the four of them work out a plan to find and rescue Ben. No one can know where they are and planning – no one can be trusted. If caught, the punishment consequences are too dire! And so begins an exciting novel. – Edith, SA, 5 Stars

Set in an entirely believable near future where Australians, instead of accessing services via their smartphones, have a microchip inserted in their hands which enables them to shop and open their front doors etc., the story commences with Mim’s husband, Ben, disappearing in Indonesia where he has been working. Two staff from the Department, an all-encompassing government agency, visit Mim, effectively confiscate the passports of both her and her two children and subtly indicate to Mim that her children may be taken away from her. Panicked, and her bank accounts frozen, she sets off, two children in tow, to find Ben from whom she has heard nothing. The plot was excellent but I found myself growing increasingly irritated by Mim and what I perceived as her selfishness as she uses people to get what she wants with no regard for the possible implications for them. I also disliked her parenting style which did not include teaching her screen-addicted children basic manners and courtesies such as apologising when they cause pain to others, however accidentally, and suchlike. Thus I lost interest in what would become of them. Many thanks to Better Reading for the opportunity to read this well-written book. – Pamela, VIC, 3 Stars

“The Mother Fault ” by Kate Mildenhall is an unsettling novel set in an Australia that is both unnervingly familiar yet terrifyingly strange. Mim, an ex career geologist is now a mum of two keeping the home fires burning while her husband Ben is a FIFO engineer working in Indonesia. When he goes “missing”, the Department (an all in one Government agency) comes knocking, creating fear and uncertainty rather than providing much-needed information and support. The author skillfully increases the tension as Mim decides to flee first to her childhood family home to think things through then takes her children on the run in a bid to reach her husband. The layers and folds of relationships are laid bare, the frictions, the ravages of time and past associations are teased out. Family, friends and a long lost love are drawn into Mim’s world but her focus is fiercely on her daughter Ellie (fast becoming a woman herself) and young son Sam. A journey of discovery is undertaken and what they find is cataclysmic… the novel ends and we are left wondering but hopeful that a brighter future is possible. – Lesley, QLD, 5 Stars

This was an intriguing story about Mim and her children set in the near future, when times are different and people’s lives are completely controlled by the government. With our current times, the author managed to create a world that is quite believable. As Mim searches for her missing husband, she takes many risks to protect her children. The conversations and relationships between the characters were authentic and the dialogue had a natural flow. I liked the realistic portrayal of the complexity of relationships and what drives us to make our choices in life. Some parts of the story were confusing and left unexplained but it didn’t affect my overall enjoyment of the book. It was definitely an interesting read. – Kim, NSW, 4 Stars

Set in a possible future where Big Brother resides, but still recognisable as the present, kept me interested to follow the journey of Mim and her children. It did make me question how far I would go to seek out the answer or would I be one to toe the line of the government. – Jenny, NSW, 4 Stars

Thank you for the advanced copy and privilege to review. The Mother Fault characters and storyline pulls you in from the start and I kept turning the pages until the book was read in 3 days. The book setting scenery is beautiful – I am lucky enough to see this, so could relate. The fact that this could happen in the future is scary-but so real. A storyline so true in what a mother does to protect and keep her family together and safe no matter what is very believable. – Lee-anne, NT, 5 Stars

The Mother Fault is well written and an enjoyable read. A fast-paced novel that captured my attention, and kept me wanting to know what was going to happen next. There is depth to each character and their relationship with each other. The setting provides a sad insight into what could become of Australia’s landscape, flora and fauna. And what life could be like if Big Brother watched and tracked our every move. The story ended as quickly as it started. There is plenty of room for a sequel, and I hope there is one so I can find out what happens next to each character. – Sarah, NSW, 4 Stars

Regardless of whether you believe we are a mere hair’s breadth from waking up in a totalitarian dystopia or utterly convinced that such a thing could never happen, The Mother Fault grabs you from the first page and doesn’t let go. Mim’s husband has mysteriously disappeared from his mining job in Indonesia, leaving her alone with her young children Essie and Sam. A terrifying enough prospect at the best of times, but this is an Orwellian version of Australia under the total control of The Department, and they want to know where he is… Desperate to find Ben, and not knowing who they can trust, Mim and her children try to escape and find their way to him, in a tense, fast-paced thriller. While there may be a few ‘lucky breaks’ etc in the action and storyline, this does not really detract as to my mind, the novel’s real strength lies in the author’s powerful characterisation of Mim. Her fierce determination to protect her family from the threat of sending the children to BestLife, as well as the from the elements in a riveting action escape sequence, made this a hard book to put down. Thanks to Simon & Schuster and Better Reading for my advance reader copy, very much enjoyed it. – Juanita, NSW, 4 Stars

Kate Mildenhall has written a moving novel. You can feel the confusion and tension in the main character as she struggles to make sense of her new reality. Mim is your typical soccer mum and housewife who has experienced the erosion of herself since taking on that role. She is drained and just existing in a not too distant future world where Australian human rights have been eroded by policymakers and any resistance is swiftly squashed. Add to this the turmoil of finding your husband is missing with no explanations and an ever sharpening focus on you from the authorities. I especially love the character interaction between Mim and her tween daughter. I have experienced many similar eye-rolling moments with my tween. You won’t be able to put this book down! – Mary, VIC, 4 Stars

This book had me engaged from the first chapter! It’s an enthralling read with lots of twists that keep you on the edge of your seat, didn’t see that ending coming! – Emmah, VIC, 5 Stars

The Mother Fault is a book I normally wouldn’t have read but I’m glad I did. It was a little slow at the start but I persevered and it had me wanting to finish it so I knew what happened. Thank you for this opportunity to read this book. – Jodie, NSW, 4 Stars

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                  Synopsis

                  You will not recognise me, she thinks, when I find you . . .Mim’s husband is missing. No one knows where Ben is, but everyone wants to find him – especially The Department. And they should know, the all-seeing government body has fitted the entire population with a universal tracking chip to keep them ‘safe’.But suddenly Ben can’t be tracked. And Mim is questioned, made to surrender her passport and threatened with the unthinkable – her two children being taken into care at the notorious BestLife.Cornered, Mim risks everything to go on the run to find her husband – and a part of herself, long gone, that is brave enough to tackle the journey ahead.From the stark backroads of the Australian outback to a terrifying sea voyage, Mim is forced to shuck off who she was – mother, daughter, wife, sister – and become the woman she needs to be to save her family and herself.
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                  Kate Mildenhall

                  Kate Mildenhall is a writer and education project officer, who currently works at the State Library of Victoria. As a teacher, she has worked in schools, at RMIT University and has volunteered with Teachers Across Borders, delivering professional development to Khmer teachers in Cambodia. She lives with her husband and two young daughters in Hurstbridge, Victoria.

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