Strange as it may sounds, but sometimes I know from the very first paragraph whether I’m going to like a book or not. As soon as I met Lana I was immediately pulled into the story, and by the time I turned the last page I felt like she was a flesh and blood character I had known all my life! In short – I loved this book!
As the title suggests, this is not a straightforward mystery about mothers and daughters, or any “normal” family dynamics. Instead, the author has created an intriguing story full of emotional heartache and ethical issues surrounding infertility and IVF, packaged inside a suspenseful mystery. We meet Lana and Tyler as they are coming to the end of a heartbreaking battle with infertility and failed IVF cycles, which have not only depleted all their savings but also put strain n their marriage. Lana feels that she has turned from a fun-loving, adventurous woman into someone obsessed with her quest of becoming a mother, and is constantly undergoing some sort of treatment to improve her chances of becoming pregnant – which so far has only ended in tears. Her only hope now is to accept a donor egg, but she has one condition: she wants a baby with the same cultural heritage she has. Finally, the agency phones her with the good news. A Bulgarian egg donor has registered. Lana is ecstatic – this may finally bring them the baby they have wished for so long.
I think this really is all you need to know. Let the book take you on its journey and surprise you. Because in books, as in life, things often don’t go as smoothly as planned. This was one of those books where one decision leads to a Swiss cheese like reaction where all the holes align to let disaster strike (it’s a true term coined by the aviation industry and adopted by medicine to explain the chain of errors often leading to harm to patients). I pictured poor Lana, ensnared in a spider’s web of events, getting more and more entangled in its sticky ropes the more she tries to get out of it. At times, it was painful to witness! Of course we, as readers, know more than the hapless Lana does, and can see disaster looming before she has any idea what she is getting herself into.
What I really liked about this book was that there was no villain, no black or white, no battles between good or evil. These were all rounded, relatable, “human” characters who had believable flaws but were overall just ... likeable. It’s a story about real people in real life situations. No “crazy twist you will never see coming” (thankfully, I am a bit tired of those), though the ending may still surprise some readers.
I loved everything about this book and it was exactly what I was craving at the time. If you are looking for a fast-paced suspense thriller, then this one may be a bit slow for you. However, if you would like a compelling mystery wrapped in layers of real life drama that escalates out of control until you absolutely cannot put down the book until it is all resolved, then yes, you are in luck! For women who have undergone some trauma with infertility or miscarriages, the story may contain multiple triggers, or it may feel strangely cathartic, depending on your personality and your situation. I found that the author handled the topic with such insight and sensitivity that it soothed rather than opened old wounds, but just be forewarned.
All in all, HER DAUGHTER’S MOTHER was a wonderful, utterly captivating book by an author new to me and I am so very happy that I was invited to read this ARC. It is rare to find a novel that can be both suspenseful and touching, but it achieved this in equal measure, and more. Definitely one of my favourite reads so far this year. I cannot wait to read more from this author in future!
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1542 KB
- Print Length: 315 pages
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (18 June 2019)
- Sold by: Penguin US
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07KNJK4NY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 53 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #331,012 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)