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A Good Enough Mother Paperback – 4 August 2020

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  • Paperback : 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0525561609
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0525561606
  • Product Dimensions : 14 x 1.93 x 20.9 cm
  • Publisher : Penguin Books (4 August 2020)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 109 ratings

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Praise for A Good Enough Mother:

"A taut, intelligent psychological thriller. . . Thomas plots her twists and turns so ingeniously that even veteran suspense readers will be floored. . . Thomas joins the ranks of first-rate masters of misdirection who delight in artfully distracting us readers from the terrible truths planted right before our eyes."
--The Washington Post

"A compelling, ingenious novel about grief, love, the healing process, and what it means to mother. . . Perfect for fans of psychological fiction, in particular Alex Michaelides' The Silent Patient."

"A Good Enough Mother is both a heartbreaking story of love and loss and a hopeful meditation on the winding path to healing.""

"[An] exceptional debut. . . Thomas melds astute psychological insight with powerful storytelling in this moving thriller."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Riveting. . . a gripping debut. . . Thomas knows how to fashion a story."
--The Sunday Times (London)

"An intelligent novel on the dilemmas of the therapist-client relationship and good parenting."
--The Guardian (UK)

--Stylist (UK)

"A brilliant, genre-defying exploration of the complexities of motherhood, and of the constant conflict between reason and emotion. . . So eclectic that it won't be pigeon-holed in a genre, it's simply a great work of taut, engaging fiction."
--Thriller Books Journal (UK)

"A Good Enough Mother is not just everything a great thriller should be--haunting, emotional, charged with depth and power--it is also a gorgeous and devastating examination of motherhood that cuts right to the heart."
--Aimee Molloy,
New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Mother

"Taut, absorbing and psychologically astute, in A Good Enough Mother Bev Thomas combines all the tension of a thriller with the emotional resonance of a powerful family drama."
--Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train

"This powerful story of love, loss--and ultimately, healing--will resonate with anyone who has ever loved a child."
--Kim Edwards, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Memory Keeper's Daughter

"The suspense is raw and enthralling, with a strong emotional ache at its center."
--Hilma Wolitzer, author of An Available Man

"Both a riveting account of what goes on behind the scenes at your therapist's office and a dark meditation on motherhood, marriage and grief. I couldn't put it down."
--Lisa Gabriele, author of The Winters

"Packs an emotional punch and is a gripping, original read. It is a novel full of loss and longing and the complexities of human relationships."
--Kate Hamer, author of The Girl in the Red Coat

"A beautiful, compelling book about the hopes and terrors of motherhood. You'll stay up reading way too late, desperate to find out what happens next . . . and even when you manage to put the book down, Ruth's story will haunt you."
--Gin Phillips, author of Fierce Kingdom

About the Author

Bev Thomas was a clinical psychologist in the National Health Service for many years. She currently works as an organizational consultant in mental health and other services. She lives in London with her family.

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