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A Mother’s Secret



Original Language: English (UK) | 440 pp. | April 2016

2 Seas Represents: Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic Rights.

Rights sold: Bulgaria (SBB Media), Norway (Cappelen Damm), the Netherlands (Boekerij), Italy (offer received)

Over 45,000 copies sold


A beautiful, heartbreaking novel of love, loss and hidden tragedy.

What if you discovered that everything you knew about yourself was a lie?

When pregnant Jaya loses her mother, then her baby son Arun in a tragic cot death, her world crashes down. Overcome by grief and guilt, she begins to search for answers – to the enigma of her lonely, distant mother, and her mysterious past in India. Looking through her mother’s belongings, she finds two diaries and old photographs, carrying the smoky aroma of fire.

A young boy smiles out at Jaya from every photograph – and in one, a family stand proudly in front of a sprawling mansion. Who is this child? And why did her mother treasure this memento of a regal family lost to the past? As Jaya starts to read the diaries, their secrets lead her back to India, to the ruin of a once grand house on a hill. There, Kali, a mad old lady, will unlock the story of a devastating lie and a fire that tore a family apart.

Nothing though will prepare Jaya for the house’s final revelation, which will change everything Jaya knew about herself.



Norway (Cappelen Damm), the Netherlands (Boekerij)