Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Review: The Other Mother by Carol Goodman

Kerry Hammond is here today to review a new psychological thriller by author Carol Goodman.

The Other Mother by Carol Goodman was released in Hardcover on March 27 by William Morrow. Goodman is an award winning author of 16 novels. This is the first that I have read by this author and I was drawn in because the premise sounded very intriguing.

Daphne Marist is a new mother who is experiencing postpartum mood disorder. She joins a support group and meets Laurel Hobbes, another new mother and an exciting new friend. They bond over their situation and the fact that they each have a daughter named Chloe. When Daphne begins to feel threatened by her controlling husband, even her friendship with Laurel can’t make her feel safe. She flees with her daughter to take a job for a reclusive writer and her lodgings in the author’s home are like a fairy tale….if it weren’t for the mental institution that borders the grounds. Daphne’s sanity is put to the test as things unravel for her and she begins to doubt everything she thought she knew about herself and the people she loves.

The book was addictive, and a very wild ride. I don’t know how the author kept everything straight, and as a reader you really have to focus and pay attention. The story is a cross between Shutter Island by Denise Lehane and Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris. I don’t know how the author kept track of everything, but she did and she flawlessly pulled it off. It’s one of those books where you place yourself in the characters shoes and think what would I do in the same situation? It’s a scary thought because I couldn’t come up with any answers and came to the conclusion that I would be just as lost as the characters were. This was a highly entertaining page turner of a book.

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