Take a Sneak Peek at Kate Mildenhall’s Brilliant Dystopian Thriller, The Mother Fault

Take a Sneak Peek at Kate Mildenhall’s Brilliant Dystopian Thriller, The Mother Fault
Mim runs hot water in the sink, plunges her hands beneath the suds and gasps at the scald of it. Ben is particular about knives. She has to handwash them, even with the restrictions. She runs the blue cloth up and down each blade, feeling the smooth heat of the steel.

Missing.

He is missing.

Your husband is missing.

‘Mum!’

She turns to her daughter leaning over the kitchen bench, scowling. Still in her soccer gear, she is long-legged and ponytailed. It is untenable how much longer she gets each day.

Essie holds out her screen. ‘The Friendship Project – you haven’t signed the form.’

There is always something else. ‘You sure I didn’t sign it already?’

Essie sighs. ‘No, you didn’t. Everyone else got to start uploading today and I didn’t. ’Cos you haven’t signed the form.’

Mim takes the screen. Apologises. Swipes her finger in a squiggle across the flashing rectangle.

‘Thank you,’ Essie says, taking the screen back and muttering, ‘Wasn’t that hard, was it?’

‘Careful,’ Mim says, trying to keep her tone light. ‘Tell Sammy bath time, can you?’

Since when did eleven-year-olds have so much attitude? Ben will laugh when she tells him.

Mim puts one hand on her sternum, thinks she will vomit.

Keep it together.

She washes each knife. Pulls out a clean tea towel and dries each blade, sliding them one by one into the wooden knife block in the corner.

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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.
                  Kate Mildenhall
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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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