The Mother Fault by Kate Midenhall (eARC Review)

Format: eBook

Source: NetGalley

Publisher: HarperCollins, HarperFiction

Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

Publication Date: 6th July 2021

Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):

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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My Thoughts & Review

The Mother Fault is set in Australia in the not so distant future, where the government control everything. All residents in Australia including children are microchipped and monitored every single day around the clock. In this book we follow Mim as she struggles to keep her kids safe while at the same time is searching for her husband, Ben, who went missing while away for work.

I thought this was well-written and well-paced. I found the story to be quite relatable, and at times it was scary, especially when it comes descriptions of what is possible in the near future. Now although I really enjoyed the story, I did feel like there were pieces of the story missing. I personally would have liked to know more details about Ben’s disappearance, as I felt we don’t really enough details in relation to why he disappeared. Also, the ending felt a little to rushed. 

The characters were well developed and I really enjoyed following their stories. However, I can’t say that I could relate to any of them. Yes, I understand why Mim made some of the decisions she did, but at the same time I didn’t agree with some of the choices she made. Also, I found the children to be quite annoying especially Sam. Both children came across as quite spoilt but particularly Sam. 

All in all, this was an enjoyable read and would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a  compelling dystopian. 

I would like to thank NetGalley and the publishers HarperCollins, HarperFiction for a copy of my eARC in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. 

My Rating


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  1. I really don’t understand why chipping people seems for so many a doomsday scenario. As long they do it for everybody and build some privacy walls into the system. Right now everyone is walking around with their smart phone, what basically boils down to the same. Now you have the same issue with the corona jabs. Your choice, but if you don’t want it: no job, no school, no traveling, no health care, no mortgage (because no life insurance), …

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    • I agree if it’s done right then there is nothing to worry about. But one thing I wouldn’t like is for them to have control on my finances. I also agree on your points about the Corona jab, I’ve had both of mine. I also know a few people who at first were refusing to have it done, but when they started hearing that they wouldn’t be able to travel and stuff, changed their minds very quickly.


      • The control upon your finances is already pretty tight. When you transfer more than 10 K abroad, questions will be asked. Also the governments have obliged the banks to install search algorithms that scan all payment orders for certain keywords. I know this because a young man borrowed some money from his parents to pay for a Syrian takeaway and reimbursed them with a transfer that simply said Syria, and he got immidiately a phonecall demanding an explanation.

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