The Good Mother

The Good Mother

by A. L. Bird

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ISBN-13: 9781474049566
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/04/2016
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 458,553
File size: 830 KB

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The Good Mother 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But what is it about???
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good read. You never see the twist coming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hooked me right from the beginning. Ended with a shocking twist!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't could I couldn't put this book down! I read it in 2 days !
Rag_Doll More than 1 year ago
A psychological mystery which does more to fool the reader than most. It's really difficult to give much of a hint of what the story is about because it's so easy to slip in a spoiler giving the game away. Suffice to say, all is not what it first seems and although I did nearly give up on this during the early stages, I'm glad I read to the end to appreciate what I didn't like about it. Unfortunately, from the start, I was put off by the disjointed, muddled, repetitive and what seemed like a rather novice writing style. The sentences were short and off-putting to read. By the time the reader gets to three quarters of the way through, all is revealed, we get it. I then understood why it was written the way it was and, with my mind whirring back through the book, all seemed to fit into place. In summing up, the plot, story and book as a whole is fairly good. The fact that three quarters of the book is written in such a disjointed and difficult way to read really put me off. I felt it needed a separate timeline or a narrator so that we could see that that section of the book was different (I can't say why because that's the whole premise of the book, it's what makes it work – eventually). I accept there is a cleverness to the plot but for me it only reaches 3.5 stars. I would like to thank the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an Advance Reading Copy of this book in return for an honest review.
AliTheDragonSlayer More than 1 year ago
I like to try new (to me) authors .. being a mother the title attracted me then I realised it was also a psychological thriller so it wasn’t going to be a straight forward ‘lovey dovey’ story. I was intrigued. Susan wakes up from a drug induced stupor to find herself locked in a room. Her thoughts immediately turn to her teenage daughter Cara, where is she, is she safe? Who is the person holding her captive, can she hear Cara in the next room .. so many thoughts swirling in her head. This is one of those books where you want to read it slowly to digest every clue but are also desperate to reach the conclusion. Many twists and turns along the way. Some of it fairly painful to read but put yourself into Susan’s shoes and it begins to make sense. It’s quite descriptive and you can feel the tension of being held captive as well as the inner trauma of a mother wanting to protect her child. It actually gave me goosebumps at some points. There aren’t many people involved in this story so it became apparent to me what could possibly be happening fairly early on .. with hindsight I’m not sure if that was due to little clues or my state of mind! It does all unfold and has a satisfactory but surprising ending. It’s very difficult to say much without hinting at what occurs. If you like a dark, family orientated mystery then you will love this. I enjoyed the way it was written from varying viewpoints .. I felt for Susan but I’m not convinced I liked her as a person but again that relies on reading it to understand what her reasons are. A clever plot and one that will take a while for me to digest fully. I would happily read another book from this author .. this one could possibly be a love or hate book depending on your favoured genre. Many thanks to Carina and Netgalley for the opportunity to read it in exchange for my honest opinion.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Well, I certainly wasn’t expecting that ending! I’m going to deliberately try to avoid giving any clues about this story in case I inadvertently give any spoilers…. This is a dark, psychological thriller that keeps you guessing right to the very end. The writing style draws the reader into the scenarios, immersing them in events which are related from two different points of view. It is like a house of mirrors - nothing is quite as you’d expect and there are so many twists and turns be careful you don’t get travel sick on this fast paced roller coaster ride. Beware of accepting anything at face value, the chances are you’ll be wrong! It is a riveting read, a real page turner with unanticipated macabre connotations and, as I said at the beginning of this review, that ending is a final spectacular twist that turns everything onto its head. The characters are superbly portrayed, the tension is palpable and the plot convoluted and intriguing making this a book that will stay with the reader long after they finish reading it. If you enjoy psychological thrillers this is definitely well worth checking out! I was invited to read this by the publishers and gifted an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Susan wakes up in a room she doesn't recognize, with no memory of how she got there. She has an intuition that she may have been drugged ... and the door is locked. And where is her daughter? When she hears her daughter's voice through a grate, her heart soars. But then she also knows now that 'HE' also has her daughter captive. "HE" comes in now and then ... feeds her ... makes sure she's okay. Well, as okay as she can be. Susan has a feeling she has met him before, but she can't quite remember from where. And so begins a game of cat and mouse, drawing him closer, hoping to give her daughter the chance to get out. But not everything is as you see it. This is a roller-coaster ride of emotions that will leave you breathless. The more you read, the faster the pages turn. The twists and turns and surprises come fast and furious.... until you're not sure what's real and what's not. The story is told from two voices .. Susan and her captor's. This is a compelling psychological thriller, filled with tension. This is a book you will not forget easily .. if at all. A solid 5 stars! My thanks to the author / Carina UK / NetGalley who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.