Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part on the Blog Tour for The Other Mother by J.A. Baker
Three troubled women. One deadly secret.
Lissy and her daughter, Rosie, live a quiet life in Yorkshire, however when events at Rosie’s school come to light, their peaceful existence is shattered.
Meanwhile, middle-aged women Erica and Beverley appear to have perfect lives but behind closed doors things are not as they seem.
All three women are tied together by a dark past that goes back to their school days. A child was murdered and one of the women is to blame.
But is the person responsible for the child’s death the same person who was blamed for it all those years ago?
As secrets from their past begin to surface it becomes clear that someone has revenge in their sights…
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
I love a book that can play with my mind and emotions to the point that I feel guilty for sympathising with the bad guy in the story. There had been the murder of a child in the past that connects three women when they were only children themselves. In the first few chapters the case is laid out, with references to the children being made as child A and child B, no names, as their identities had to be kept secret, being under age when a crime was committed.
As the story moves forward to present day it settles to be told in alternating chapters by the three women involved each outwardly leading very normal lives. What lays beneath the surface of each of them is very different. The past, no matter how well hidden, is never far away. It had destroyed all of their families to different degrees and made the chance of a normal life near darn impossible. Each carried their own demons of guilt in one way or another.
Hate can become all consuming with every wrong in your life been put down to that one incident and the only way to make things better is to even the score. Revenge soon becomes the only option if the past can finally be laid to rest.
I loved this story that began in a mystery as to who had played what part in the past, it was a little confusing to begin with but when in drops into place it really takes off. When each of them told of their part in past events it was a matter of picking out what was assumed and what was fact. Years later each of them had made a new life on a lie but things were going to change. What a super build up just brilliant couldn’t have been better.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in Middlesbrough too many years ago to mention, J. A. Baker developed a deep appreciation of literature and reading from a young age after being introduced to it by her parents. Weekly visits to the library were the norm and after being handed a collection of Edgar Allen Poe stories by her father, her love for the darker side of fiction slowly grew. She is an avid reader of all books but is drawn in particular, to psychological thrillers.
After many rejections (too many to mention!) her debut novel, Undercurrent, was published by Bloodhound Books in March 2017 and made it into the top 100 Amazon chart in both the UK and Canada. She is currently putting the finishing touches to her third novel and working on her fourth one.
J. A. Baker has four grown up children and lives in a village on the outskirts of Darlington with her husband Richard, and Theo, their barking mad dog.
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