Today is the last day of the Blog Tour for The Good Mother By A.L Bird and if you love a dark and disturbing psychological thriller then you may want to get yourself a copy
The greatest bond. The darkest betrayal.
Susan wakes up alone in a room she doesn’t recognise, with no memory of how she got there. She only knows that she is trapped, and her daughter is missing.
The relief that engulfs her when she hears her daughter’s voice through the wall is quickly replaced by fear.
The person who has imprisoned her has her daughter, too.
Devising a plan to keep her daughter safe, Susan begins to get closer to her unknown captor. And suddenly, she realises that she has met him before.
Read what people are saying about The Good Mother
‘if you like psychological thrillers this one will keep you guessing till the end’ – Elaine Makri, Goodreads
‘Nothing in this story is quite what it appears, readers are sure to be surprised at least once in this twisty thriller’ – Rosemary Smith, Goodreads
‘From the start this was chilling and made my heart beat extra fast. A psychological thriller with lots of tension…Could not put it down! No spoilers but highly recommend it. 5*****’ – Laurel Cherkas, Goodreads
About the author
A.L. Bird lives in London, where she divides her time between writing and working as a lawyer. The Good Mother is her major psychological thriller for Carina UK, the fourth novel she’s written for the imprint. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck, University of London, and is also an alumna of the Faber Academy ‘Writing a Novel’ course, which she studied under Richard Skinner. Amy is a member of the Crime Writers’Association.
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Susan and her daughter, Cara, are both imprisoned in the same house but in different rooms. The captor seems familiar, how did they get there? Why are the being kept? And what does their captor want? Are all questions that run through Susan’s head. The Good Mother is told mostly from Susan’s point of view, but we also get snippets from Cara, the captor and Cara’s best friend Alice, who appears to know more than she is letting on. The first thing I should say about The Good Mother is it should come with a health warning, as this book seriously messes with your head!
At times I found myself bewildered by the plot, as it was difficult to see where it was leading, and it appeared distorted in parts. I also found the writing style to be quite a distraction, very simply written with very short sentences (which bugged the hell out of me to begin with, but once I got to about half way I got use to this style of writing), but after reading the whole book I understand exactly why that style is appropriate, although at times I found it distracted me from really enjoying this book.
As to the characters I found it difficult to have any empathy for Susan or Cara, as I really couldn’t connect to them. I think this was because there was no real depth to them and I felt I only got to know them superficially, I prefer a character to get inside my head and mess with my emotions, so I found it hard to find any empathy for the predicament they find themselves in. The Good Mother feels very claustrophobic and intense at times, as the plot takes place mostly in a one room.
By the time I got to the halfway mark way I really was no closer to guessing where the plot was heading, than when I started the book, and that’s the thing that makes The Good Mother such a compelling read. As the reader you find yourself desperate to find out where the plot could possibly be going as the story becomes even more bewildering, I found myself struggling to put the book down, a very clever and twisted ploy by A L Bird in my humble opinion, and it certainly paid off! Back at the half way point I was convinced I would give The Good Mother 3 stars, but then that all changed when the pieces began to fit together, and damn me there were so many twists and turns I found myself shaking my head with disbelief.
I’m convinced readers of The Good Mother will either love it or hate it, and I’m sure there will be lots of opinions on which camp people fall into on social media once the book is released. The author has come up with a very original plot, and cleverly used her writing skills to draw the reader in and keep them reading to the last page. If you are looking for a fast paced read, then I’m not sure this is the book for you, but if you enjoy a tense psychological thriller which builds on the tension, and seriously messes with your head then you may want to add this book to your collection.
My thanks to NetGalley and the publishers Carina for my ARC in exchange for an honest review
4 ☕️☕️☕️☕️out of 5
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Carina (28 April 2016)