Three troubled women. One deadly secret.
Lissy and her daughter, Rosie, live a quiet life in Yorkshire, however when events at Rosie’s school come to light, their peaceful existence is shattered.
Meanwhile, middle-aged women Erica and Beverley appear to have perfect lives but behind closed doors things are not as they seem.
All three women are tied together by a dark past that goes back to their school days. A child was murdered and one of the women is to blame.
But is the person responsible for the child’s death the same person who was blamed for it all those years ago?
As secrets from their past begin to surface it becomes clear that someone has revenge in their sights…
I would like to thank the publishers Blood Books, the author and blog tour organiser Sarah Hardy for the ARC of The Other Mother in return for an honest review.
This is a first class thriller by an assured writer at the top of their game. It’s not like a horse pelting out of the gates at full pelt towards the finish line. This cleverly written story is like an intricate Jigsaw. Piece by piece the writer drops clues into the story and by the end has formed a complex picture of relationships, which are connected by tragedy and heartbreak. Its focus is on revenge and the havoc it can cause to those caught up in its self destructive cycle. I loved the way the writer tied the past to the future, by weaving the two stories together, leaving you guessing to the last moment before she revealed who is responsible for the child’s death. The overall feeling of this psychological thriller is that it is tense, edgy and dark and it works because each piece of the puzzle is placed together with meticulous care.
The characters are beautifully drawn. Their need for revenge is explained and makes total sense. We ourselves might have no experience of such devastating loss, but we can, because of the background of these characters, maybe appreciate what drives them to seek redress for all the pain they have endured. While on the other side, we can understand why other’s run from a past too horrible for us to truly comprehend how they suffered. All three women have complicated pasts, their lives consumed by secrets that threat to destroy them all.
It is an excellent read and a really exciting page turner. I must read for thriller fans and anyone who likes to sit down to a top class read.
The Other Mother can be purchased via Amazon
Born in Middlesbrough too many years ago to mention, J. A. Baker developed a deep appreciation of literature and reading from a young age after being introduced to it by her parents. Weekly visits to the library were the norm and after being handed a collection of Edgar Allen Poe stories by her father, her love for the darker side of fiction slowly grew. She is an avid reader of all books but is drawn in particular, to psychological thrillers.
After many rejections (too many to mention!) her debut novel, Undercurrent, was published by Bloodhound Books in March 2017 and made it into the top 100 Amazon chart in both the UK and Canada. She is currently putting the finishing touches to her third novel and working on her fourth one.
J. A. Baker has four grown up children and lives in a village on the outskirts of Darlington with her husband Richard, and Theo, their barking mad dog.
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