Adopted at birth, for years Lu has secretly dreamt of finding her birth mother but childhood bullying has left her with a lack of confidence. When a tragic accident changes her life forever it sets her on a mission to get in contact with her birth mother and find out the reasons behind her adoption.
When she tracks down her mother in Cornwall there is an emotional reunion and the pair begin to form a relationship.
But is everything as wonderful as it appears or has Lu walked into a nightmare?
Many thanks to the author Amanda James, the publisher Bloodhound Books and blog tour organiser Sarah Hardy for the ARC of Another Mother in return for an honest review.
Another Mother is a highly enjoyable thriller that makes me want to go back and read those other books written by Amanda James.
I admit that as the story progressed I was wondering where the punch line was going to be, that moment when the writer pulls the rabbit out of the hat and knocks the reader of their nice comfy reading chair! I could feel the suspense building, but thought I had it all figured out. I was feeling smug and a little let down, it was all a bit to neat for me. I had enjoyed the story and fluid ease of the writing, but needed more. Well there is more and the writer had lulled me into a false sense of security. She had taken me by the hand and led me down a false trail and them bam.
The characters are all fascinating. Especially Lu’s real mother, who is intriguing and deeply troubled. The one thing the story lacked for me was I wanted more of her. I wanted this intriguing character to be front and centre stage. While Lou in her need to connect with her birth family, is the perfect depiction of an adopted child, always wondering who she is and how she came into being. She is easy to like and I wanted her to find happiness so much. Even the supporting characters are beautifully written, my favourite being Rosie, who feisty determined nature won me over from the moment she first appeared.
The book was enjoyable, surprising and comprised of layers of storyline that were weaved together to form an enjoyable read. If you are already a fan of Amanda James you are going to enjoy her latest offering. If your new to her books than you’re in for the treat of finding a new author who will become a firm favourite.
You can purchase Another Mother from Amazon.
About the author.
Amanda has written since she was a child, but never imagined that her words would be published, given that she left school with no real qualifications of note apart from an A* in how to be a nuisance in class. Nevertheless, she returned to education when her daughter was five and eventually became a history teacher. Then in 2010, after many twists and turns, the dream of becoming a writer came true when her first short story was published. Amanda has written many short stories and has six novels currently published.
Amanda grew up in Sheffield but now has realised her lifelong dream of living in Cornwall and her writing is inspired every day by the dramatic coastline near her home. She has sketched out many stories in her head while walking the cliff paths. Three of her mystery/suspense novels are set there, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, Summer in Tintagel and the Behind the Lie. Rip Current is also set in Cornwall and will be published by Bloodhound Books in April 2018.
Amanda, known to many as Mandy, spends far more time than is good for her on social media and has turned procrastination to a fine art. She can also usually be found playing on the beach with her family, or walking the cliff paths planning her next book.