The Bad Mother: The addictive, gripping thriller that will make you question everything

The Bad Mother: The addictive, gripping thriller that will make you question everything

by Amanda Brooke

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ISBN-13: 9780008219154
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 05/29/2018
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Amanda Brooke lives in Liverpool with her daughter, Jessica, a cat called Spider and a dog called Mouse, and a laptop within easy reach. Her debut novel, Yesterday’s Sun, was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick.

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The Bad Mother: The addictive, gripping thriller that will make you question everything 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous 6 days ago
This+was+a+good+book.++A+very+tense+read+about+Gaslighting+and+it%27s+affects.++Some+may+find+the+situations+unbelievable+but+as+a+survivor+of+this+horrible+abuse+I+can+tell+you+things+like+this+truly+happen.++It+was+tough+for+me+to+get+through+the+story+but+I+am+glad+I+did.++
Rag_Doll 9 months ago
3.5 Stars The Bad Mother is a rather chilling tale of expectations and realities of becoming a new mother. Lucy is expecting her first baby but rather than all the excitement of buying all the baby things and decorating its room, Lucy is worrying about lapses in her memory, a complete loss of confidence and her capabilities of looking after a new baby. Lucy's mother puts it down to 'baby brain' and hormones but her husband isn't so sure it's as simple as hormones, he's convinced it is a mental problem which she may have inherited from her father. For a good way through the book I was trying to convince myself that all Lucy's problems were down to her husband, Adam – well, the blurb on the cover tells us this – but thought that was too simple and that there must be a twist. I disliked Adam as a character from early on. He comes over as a whiny, spoilt, petulant person who likes to get his own way. After Lucy and Adam's little girl is born, things don't get any better and Lucy is convinced that she is a danger to her baby and incapable of keeping her safe and cared for. The story moves at a reasonable pace and finally comes to a head in a breathtaking way. This was a well written book touching on many issues but I didn't find it a page-turner, it should have been shorter instead of reiterating the same things. I would have liked to have known what made Adam tick. His upbringing was similar to many children but they don't all act like him, just what clicked in his brain to make him so selfish and duplicitous. Equally, why did Lucy so quickly and easily change from being a strong, confident, working woman with many friends into a whimpering wet lettuce.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While early on you suspect where the story is going, it was still fun to read to see how it would end. Scary thing is that there are people out there exactly like the character in the book with no conscience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read, a lot. Reading is my idea of living the dream. I love to figure out who did it and am delighted if I am wrong. Unfortunately, this plot was extremely predictable and somewhat unbelievable. Not one twist to throw the reader off. Disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read.
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Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
It's hard... when you read a book that takes you in so completely. That takes you back to a time in your life you needed therapy to get past. That is so realistic you can remember similar instances happening in your own life as you follow what is happening to the character between the pages. That book for me was The Bad Mother by Amanda Brooke. It has to be one of the hardest books I've ever read, and yet I'm glad I've done it. I'm also very glad I've finished it, and I'm sorry to say, it's not a book I will ever read again. It hit a bit too close to home for comfort. It has drained me, made me see things again I had wanted to forget. Luckily for the main character, she has family and friends who are determined she won't go it alone, even when she doesn't believe them. You are with Lucy as she goes through her pregnancy and becomes more isolated. The author does an amazing job of keeping the reader off-balance, unsure of just what is going on or what will happen next. It will keep you on tenterhooks, needing to read more, to find out what happens next. The Bad Mother is incredibly written, with no editing or grammatical errors that I noticed. Although, to be fair, I was that engrossed by the story, I wasn't actually looking for any either. The scenes flow from one to the next, and each scene will draw you in and keep your attention. For anyone who wants to know about gaslighting, and the effects it can have not only on the victim but on friends and family too, I would highly recommend this book. Part of me wishes I couldn't give it 5 stars, simply because of what it reminded me of. However, that would be a disservice to the book and the author. * A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
CrazyCat_Alex More than 1 year ago
This was amazing! Easy one of the best books in this genre I’ve read for a long time. Right from the start I (the reader) could see where things go the wrong direction for Lucy. How could she not see what was happening? I wanted to scream, shake her, slap somebody (it didn’t had to be Lucy, there are a number of potential people in danger of getting slapped). I couldn’t see how this story would ever have a happy ending. I won’t give away the ending, but I encourage everybody to grab a copy of this book and start reading. I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins!