The Mother Fault by Kate Mildenhall @katemildenhall @HarperCollinsUK #TheMotherFault #DystopianNovel #NewRelease #BookReview #NetGalley


‘Thrilling…a triumph of a novel’ JANE HARPER

In a futuristic world, danger awaits… if you loved THE LAST and THE HANDMAID’S TALE you will love this!

To keep her children safe, she must put their lives at risk …

In suburban Australia, Mim and her two children live as quietly as they can. Around them, a near-future world is descending into chaos: government officials have taken absolute control, but not everybody wants to obey the rules.

When Mim’s husband Ben mysteriously disappears, Mim realises that she and her children are in great danger. Together, they must set off on the journey of a lifetime to find Ben. The government are trying to track them down, but Mim will do anything to keep her family safe – even if it means risking all their lives.

Can the world ever return to normality, and their family to what it was?

A beautifully written dystopian thriller that is eerily right for our times, for fans of THE LAST, Margaret Atwood, and Jane Harper.


The Mother Fault


The story is set in Australia a little in the future where everyone had been, microchipped to keep them safe. The only drawback with it is the government has everyone under surveillance 24 hours day. Anyone found to be disobeying the rules is placed in camps.

When Mim’s husband goes missing while working away in Indonesia, she feels like the walls are closing in on them. Her husband hasn’t been in touch, and she feels that time for her and her children is running out. Mim removes their microchips, and they set off to find out what has happened to him before it is too late, and they disappear as well.

It is a massive road and sea journey, where at times, it is a matter of joining under the radar to avoid detection while at others being larger than life to be passed by. I enjoyed the second half of the book the best, the sea journey. I felt the characters were well developed, especially how the children reacted to situations.

I liked how the characters changed and grew through the story, adapting to situations and gaining confidence. Mim wasn’t the most likeable character, act first think later, but she did make it reading.

I wish to thank Net Galley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


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 in Cambodia.

Skylarking is her debut novel. She discovered the story while on a camping trip and she wishes for more such fruitful adventures. She lives with her husband and two young daughters in Hurstbridge, Victoria.

Twitter: @katemildenhall

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