The Other Mother
By Carol Goodman
William Morrow & Company, 9780062819833, March 27, 2018, 352pp.
The Short of It:
This book will have you second guessing everything you read. It’s impossible to put down once you pick it up because every single page has crazy stamped all over it.
The Rest of It:
I’m not even sure I can write this review without giving something away so I am going to keep it brief.
Daphne Marist is suffering from postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter Chloe. She joins a support group at the suggestion of her husband Peter, hoping to find other moms struggling with the same issues. There, she meets Lauren, also with a daughter named Chloë. But Lauren is more pulled together and polished. Daphne can’t help but be in awe of her. That is just the beginning of her problems.
That’s about all I can say without giving anything away but Goodman knows how to keep you guessing and she does it well. Sometimes these unreliable narrators come off as hokey or not well done but that is not the case here. I’d turn a page and go, “Wait what?” and then have to go back a little to see if my eyes were playing tricks on me.
This story is crazy with a capital C but oh so fun to read. Plus, this book can be read in one sitting. Once I picked it up I just kept reading because I had to know how the story would end.
This is the perfect book to toss into your beach bag but not if you want to actually pay attention to the gorgeous views because your nose will be in the book the entire time.
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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19 thoughts on “Review: The Other Mother”
I am reading it now…
Can’t wait to hear what you think of it.
Sounds like it’s right up my alley. I love when I don’t want to put a book down and read it front to back in the blink of an eye.
This book will drive you crazy but in a good way. I blew through it and that doesn’t happen too often these days.
A book I can read quickly sounds perfect for summer and you’ve made this one sound so intriguing!
You would have fun with this one.
I really enjoyed this one, too. Such a fun read – perfect for summer 🙂 I loved that I found myself second guessing things – so good!! I’m glad you liked it so much 🙂
All the back and forth!! Some of it within the same paragraph even. I didn’t know who was to be believed.
I’ve liked all the books I’ve read by Carol Goodman so far and this one is on my Kindle right now. Pretty soon, I suspect. Goodman does a good job with Gothic-creepy and ‘what just happened?’.
You know, I’ve not read her stuff before but yes… that “what just happened” element was high in this one. After finishing this one I looked her up and see she’s written many books. I can’t wait to read more of her work.
I love crazy, fun reads!
Sounds like an emotional roller coaster.
I just kept saying to myself, “are you kidding me?” or “what did I just read?” It was so fun to be surprised every time I turned a page.
I read one of Carol Goodman’s books years ago and absolutely loved it. I’ve been meaning to read more of her stuff for a long time now. This sounds perfect!
It certainly won’t take you long to read it once you start. Had it not been for work I’d have read it in one sitting.
This sounds really good. I need crazy good characters right now. The ones I am reading are boring me to tears.
Well if you are looking for crazy then this one is it.
This sounds like another one I have to read!
The Other Mother was crazy in a good way.