Saturday, 28 January 2017

The Good Mother - A. L. Bird


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.

What did I think?

The style of writing took a bit of getting used to at first but once you do get used to it, The Good Mother is such an addictive read.  The reader is thrust inside the minds of Susan and her captor.  I must say that it's a bit crazy at times and I almost felt like I was descending into madness myself.  It was almost a relief to put the book down and blink to see my familar surroundings infront of me.

Susan finds herself held captive in a strange room, her only source of comfort is that her daughter, Cara, is also being held in the room next to hers.  Susan knows that she has met her captor before...if only she could remember where, but her memories are held tantalisingly out of reach.  Susan and Cara devise a means of communication and they hatch a plan for escape but their captor still has more than one surprise up his sleeve.

The Good Mother really plays with your mind as you think you have it all worked out then a surprise jumps out and smacks you in the face.  I found it quite hard to get into at first as it's never pleasant to see inside somebody's mind and you really get to read Susan's darkest innermost thoughts in this book.  It's a relatively quick read and one that will appeal to all psychological fiction lovers.  

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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