All Her Fault by Andrea Mara #bookreview

On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the brilliant novel by Andrea Mara, All Her Fault.



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.


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 . . .



All Her Fault by Andrea Mara is such a tense thriller. Andrea Mara explores every parent’s worst nightmare when Marissa’s four-year-old son, Milo, disappears. He was meant to be at a playdate with his friend, but when Marissa goes to pick him up, his friend’s mother has no knowledge of the playdate. And this is when the fear begins to set in for Marissa. Has her son been kidnapped? It makes for a shocking opening that gets the tension rising right away.

As the police investigate Milo’s disappearance, it’s suspected that his friend’s nanny has taken him. Marissa clings to the hope that she is keeping him safe and looking after him, but things soon begin to take a dark turn. It isn’t clear what the kidnapper’s motive is, and they soon find out that she knows dangerous people. This then begins to suggest that there could be a much more sinister motive. Marissa’s fear comes through very strongly, and I thought that Andrea Mara wrote this very well.

The mystery surrounding Milo’s disappearance is very complex, and it is very well thought out.  I felt I couldn’t trust any of the characters, and it seemed as though they were all keeping secrets. I wanted to find out more about them, and it’s what makes this book such a gripping read. I wanted to know more about the nanny who is suspected of kidnapping Milo. I wanted to know more about her background and why she would suddenly do this.

What I thought was intriguing was how Andrea Mara looked at how gossip spreads and the different views people had on what had happened. Whenever there is a crime reported on in the news, people always have opinions on the people involved, openly sharing their thoughts and feelings. It can get very nasty on social media when this happens. Andrea Mara explores this very well in her book, and I liked how it increased the tension.

I was kept invested in the plot as the race to find answers and to find Milo heightened. I couldn’t work out what was going on and if there was more going on here than what first meets the eye. The book is told from different perspectives, and there was one person I really didn’t like. I couldn’t understand why they didn’t want to go to the police when it was possible that they might hold vital information. I don’t want to give too much away here, so I won’t go into any more detail. The plot gets really twisty, and the reveals which come towards the end are shocking and devastating. I thought it was so clever how Andrea Mara wrapped everything up. It was something I definitely wasn’t expecting.

I loved All Her Fault. The plot is so gripping, and I thought it was very original. Andrea Mara brings her characters to life really well. If you’re a lover of psychological thrillers, then you definitely need to add this book to your TBR pile.

Publisher: Bantam Press

Publication date: 8th July 2021 (kindle) 22nd July 2021 (hardcover)

Print length: 400 pages

All Her Fault is available to buy:

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