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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