The Good Mother is an intense read that opens with a prologue that is every woman’s worst nightmare and sets the tone for the rest of the story. It is a chilling account of violence (trigger warning) and is an example of how such a brutal attack of violence not only effects the victim, but how it can also be very traumatising for those who happen to witness it, especially if it is a child. It is a story that is thought provoking, heartbreaking and it had me engrossed and captivated from start to finish.
Cathryn has crafted a plot straight out of pleasantville, where everything seems perfect for Amy. A handsome and devoted husband, two perfect daughters, a beautiful home and a best friend who adores and would do anything for her. But when Charlotte moves into their affluent suburb, she triggers memories from Amy’s past that she has tried so hard to leave behind and where her demons come back to haunt her as her perfect world starts to crumble around her. This is when Cathryn takes the story up a notch and it kicks in at full speed.
Cathryn has done such a great job with all the characters, but it goes without saying that Amy was the standout for me. Although her actions towards Charlotte are downright despicable, I could not help but feel empathy as well as sympathy towards her. She is such a complex character where terrible circumstances from her childhood have shaped her into the woman she has become. Multiple times I just wanted to shake her, but also hug and comfort her. I do like how Cathryn was able to make me feel these conflicting emotions rather than a straight down the line feeling of like or dislike for a character.
This is now the second book I have read from Cathryn and I really enjoy her style and how she is able to pull the reader into the worlds that she creates in her stories. For The Good Mother, there is a bit of everything to keep you enthralled. There is mystery, suspense, murder, catfights and mayhem! Cathryn also deals with the sensitive issues of rape and mental illness, which I thought she handled very respectfully, but also liked how she does not sugarcoat it in any way, which would not have been realistic if she had of done this.
All up The Good Mother is a very appealing story for those that love books from the domestic thriller genre. From the striking cover to the strong plot, great characterisation, a focus on real issues that are handled well, to then all be wrapped up in a thrilling conclusion that is all told through great writing, Cathryn has done a great job with this book. It was a pleasure to be able to read and review The Good Mother which I recommend and I look forward to reading many more books to come from Cathryn.
“There was something chilling and frantic about this fragile, overdressed woman that wasn’t quite right.”
Firstly this cover made me look twice and really grabbed my attention. Yes my friends that is a dead bird on the doorstep. This was a very interesting read. It’s one of those rare times where I loved the book but also hated every single one of the characters haha.
These women were truly so horrible and there were multiple time’s where I had to stop, breathe and then continue. It follows three separate women and the main character Amy well damn. There were so many times where my husband found me sitting on the the lounge muttering this b*tch is crazy so so crazy.
The story definitely kept me interested and guessing until the very end but did lose me every now and then with the whole soccer thing.
This was my first book by Cathryn Grant but I’d definitely be interested in reading more of her books. A big thank you to both Netgalley and Inkubator Books for the review copy.