Friday, 16 February 2018

Book Review: The Good Mother by Karen Osman

How far would you go to protect your children? 

Catherine is a good mother and a good wife. The family home is immaculate, her husband’s supper is cooked on time, 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. Caught in the maelstrom of bringing up two young children with no money, and an out of work husband, she longs to escape the drudgery of being a wife and a mother. 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, and she finds herself alone and unhappy. Until the day her professor takes a sudden interest in her. Then everything changes…

Three women – all with secrets. And as the days tick down to Michael’s release, those secrets can no longer be ignored.

The Good Mother, by Karen Osman, is another book that I picked up on a whim in Tesco. I wasn't sure what to expect from it. Even the blurb was fairly vague. So I went into it pretty open-minded, eager to see what The Good Mother would turn out like. 

The Good Mother turned out to be a five star read. From the first page I was gripped. I loved that every chapter alternated between the three main characters; Alison, Catherine and Kate. As the story unwound slowly across the chapters, I slowly began to piece together the story; to put two and two together. But I was not prepared for the conclusion to The Good Mother. When all the secrets were revealed, and everything laid bare, I was totally shocked. I did not see that coming. 

A fantastic, gripping, chilling, dark thriller. Karen Osman is a fantastic writer, and I'm glad that another spur of the moment purchase turned into a five star read. 

Rating: *****

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