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Author: A.L. Bird
Published: 4 April 2016
Reviewed: 29 July 2016
4 out of 5 Stars
 Copy supplied by Carina UK in return for an honest review


The greatest bond. The darkest betrayal.

Susan wakes up alone in a room she doesn’t recognise, with no memory of how she got there. She only knows that she is trapped, and her daughter is missing.

The relief that engulfs her when she hears her daughter’s voice through the wall is quickly replaced by fear, knowing that whoever has imprisoned her has her daughter, too.

Devising a plan to keep her daughter safe, Susan begins to get closer to her unknown captor. And suddenly, she realises that she has met him before. 

My Thoughts & Review:

Thrown straight into the confusion felt by one of the main characters Susan, the reader is catapulted into the action.  Susan wakes up in a strange room, in a strange house and instantly I was hooked.  Her fear and confusion were palpable, her desperation to find out where her daughter was and if she was ok was almost painful to read.  Bird conveys Susan’s emotions and fears brilliantly, the reader can feel the tension and experiences the turmoil Susan endures.

Unfortunately, the plot and the gripping twists make this a very difficult review to write, it is extremely hard not to give any little clues away.  This is quite a dark story, very cleverly written and twisted beyond what you could imagine.  It’s the sort of story that keeps the reader guessing what will happen next, and once all the clues are revealed you will be in disbelief at what you have just read.

It’s the sort of book that stays with you once you’ve finished it, something about it made me uncomfortable reading it, so much so that my mind would wander back to the scenarios from the book and questioned what would I do in that position.  Something about Bird’s writing really gripped me, her plotting was flawless, the characters were fascinating – narration from not only Susan but also her captor gave a chilling but fascinating insight.  I will admit that this book felt a little too tense at times, there was a point I put it down as it felt claustrophobic, but this just shows the skill in the writing.  It is incredibly powerful when an author can reach the reader through the pages of their book to share the experiences of the characters and the emotions. 

You can buy a copy of The Good Mother here. 

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