The Middle Child is a story about three sisters brought together by the death of their cruel and abusive mother.

Alex, the youngest, is a bitter, unforgiving woman who refuses to face the events of her childhood. She hides in a bottle and destroys any chance of happiness that comes her way. Her life is spiralling dangerously out of control but she doesn’t have the strength to stop it.

Catherine, the eldest, has strived to achieve everything her mother said she would not. She has everything she ever wanted but appears to be more like her mother than she thought. One single act brings her carefully constructed world tumbling down around her.

Beth, the middle child, suffered the worst of them all. She has no memory of the cruelty and remained with their mother until she died. But eventually the memories must return.

When they are brought together as strangers, the sisters must embark on a painful journey to the past to discover themselves and each other.

But will all of them make it back safe?




I have read all of Angela Marsons Kim Stone series, which were outstanding, so it was no surprise to find that this novel, although a completely different genre, was a compelling, disturbing and darn right must read too! It is a very emotional story that opens up the very soul of the worst kind of cruelty, that of a mother’s mental and physical abuse of her children.

When three estranged sisters come back together after the death of their mother, they begin to realise just how much emotional baggage they all carry. This story goes back and forth into the past and present day over time, where Angela Marsons holds nothing back. It all gradually unfolds of how each girl dealt with the abuse in the their own way to survive but at what cost as they mature into adults?

This is a very well written novel but some readers may find it disturbing.

I wish to thank Netgalley and Bookouture for allowing me to read this novel in exchange for an honest review




Angela Marsons


Angela discovered a love of writing at Primary School when a short piece on the rocks and the sea gained her the only merit point she ever got.
Angela wrote the stories that burned inside and then stored them safely in a desk drawer.
After much urging from her partner she began to enter short story competitions in Writer’s News resulting in a win and three short listed entries.
She used the Amazon KDP program to publish two of her earlier works before concentrating on her true passion – Crime.
After many, many submissions Angela was signed in a 4 book deal to as their first crime author.
Her first book SILENT SCREAM will be published in February 2015.



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