Monday, 18 December 2017

Review: The Bad Mother by Amanda Brooke

The Bad Mother
That’s what he wants you to think…

A good mother doesn’t forget things.

A good mother isn’t a danger to herself.

A good mother isn’t a danger to her baby.

You want to be the good mother you dreamed you could be.

But you’re not. You’re the bad mother you were destined to become.

At least, that what he wants you to believe…

Shona's review 5 of 5 stars

I have been a huge fan of Brooke's work since I first read Another Way to Fall many moons ago. With every new book I read I fall more in love with her ability to tell a tale, regardless of the content. This book is a bit different from her previous books that have had me ugly crying whilst devouring the words on the page. This book left me cold and filled me with rage and i still couldnt put it down, which is a testament to the skill involved in writing these characters.

When we first meet Lucy and Adam, she is climbing over years of accumulated stuff that her mum has kept hidden away looking for the cot she used to sleep in as a baby in the hopes she can recycle it for her own precious baby she is currently growing. Everything seems normal until Adam mentions how Lucy has been a bit forgetful recently and that it's worrying her....

From the very beginning I did not trust Adam. I think i'll even go as far as saying I hated him. And in the beginning there wasn't really an awful lot to base my feelings on. But as the book unfolded I really could feel the rage building, as time after time Lucy would second guess herself, or Adam would suggest an alternative... But then every now and again something would be said, or something would happen and I would doubt my own mind and wonder if perhaps my anger had been misplaced. 
It really will keep you guessing until the very end. Brooke has done an amazing job with this book.