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The Good Mother: Gripping psychological suspense, with a shocking twist that will leave you reeling Kindle Edition
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'A great read. It gets under your skin and like a train rumbling down the tracks it threatens to explode. With its twist at the end, it doesn't disappoint!' Jessica Jarlvi. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Karen Osman won the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Montegrappa Novel Writing Award 2016 with her crime-thriller novel, The Good Mother. When she's not writing novels, Karen runs her communication business, Travel Ink.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B071J3BNG6
- Publisher : Aria (1 October 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 4257 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 434 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 92,922 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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'The Good Mother' contains eye-opening themes which will make your skin crawl, whilst also making you angry.
The pace of this book was quite slow. There seemed to be a lot of background scene setting, before the crux of the story began. However when 'The Good Mother' came to its climax, I really appreciated it - what an ending!
This was a brilliant read and though I worked out who was who it did not detract away from the tenseness within the story. If anything, I found it added to it. Highly recommended and cannot wait to read the next book by this author.
By the time you are half way through this book you may wonder what on earth these three women have to tie them together...
but... stick with it!
It's absolutely brilliant in the end.
5* if this is her first book I can't wait to read the next.
All in all a good read.
Got cross with a couple of the characters you will too if you read this .
Very clever twist to the story . Read and enjoy.
Top reviews from other countries
The story is about 3 women : "Catherine is a good mother and a good wife, but when she starts writing to Michael, a prisoner convicted of murder, she finds herself obsessing about his crime and whether he can ever truly be forgiven…
Kate has no time for herself, bringing up two young children with no money, and an out of work husband, she longs to escape the and she soon starts taking dangerous risks to feel alive…
Alison has flown the nest. But university life is not what she had hoped for, until the day her professor takes a sudden interest in her. Then everything changes…"
The book swaps between chapters concerning each of the 3 women and I was totally engrossed in each of their lives and their personal struggles and it was easy for me to empathise with them and understand their choices in life, which ultimately led to the unexpected "gasp with shock" ending.
I wasn’t prepared for the twist that revealed what the whole book was leading up to, I had to re-read the last few chapters just to enjoy that moment again. This is the moment when the 3 women, their lives, the locations of the book and the ending all dovetail together and make you realise the clues were there all along, but I didn't guess the ending and loved the book even more for that.
From the very first chapters where we are introduced to the three main characters I was gripped! I did not want to put the book down, I just had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen.
Each of the characters had their own story going on and I had so many ideas of what was going to happen but let me tell you I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING!!! No matter how many ideas you come up with of whats going to happen you would never guess it and that is what made me enjoy this book so much.
After finishing the book I just thought WOW and that is what its all about reading this type of book, something happening that you don't see coming. Endings like that really stay with you and it makes these books memorable.
The suspense throughout, oh my heart was pounding! I was on the edge of my seat, I couldn't sit still!
Honestly you really have to read this book, I have told so many people about it myself absolutely brilliant! Bravo Karen!
“Is that it?” I thought, not sure why I felt flat. The story is well-written, cleverly plotted, and I thought the characterisation of Kate, Alison and Catherine was excellent overall. They came to life from the first paragraph and kept me intrigued as their stories unfolded.
I don’t think the tagline - gripping psychological suspense, with a shocking twist that will leave you reeling – was to blame. I ignore these overblown and all-too-frequent claims by publishers. However, this didn’t feel like psychological suspense to me. The tension didn’t build or grip me, especially towards the end when two of the story strands faded out.
This turned out to be necessary for the twist.
And that’s why I felt flat. The plot and the twist took over. They placed constraints on the story and the way it was told to disguise the twist. The resulting compromises affected character behaviour and some of the decisions made by the women. The overall result, I feel, was to drain much of the tension and suspense from the story.
It’s a shame because I think the author is talented. She brought the characters to life with some excellent writing and insights, and had she not gone for the clever plot and twist, I think The Good Mother could have been a tense, suspenseful story.