The Bad Mother by Amanda Brooke @AmandaBrookeAB @HarperCollinsUK



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…


What begins as laughable situations where Lucy misplaces car keys and forgets bits of conversations soon escalates the further into her pregnancy she gets. It seems that each week she becomes more apprehensive and forgetful. Lucy’s mum is quick to dismiss it as ‘baby brain’ due to the imbalance of hormones, which she says will clear up not too long after the baby is born. Lucy isn’t too sure especially after leaning about some of her family history. The thing is if she raises her concerns with her doctor will he have her baby taken away?

Her once supportive husband is losing patience as the weeks go by and he is trying to deal with his own estranged family. Apprehension is quickly becoming terrifying and forgetulness a real danger.

This is one wicked story and ok you get the feeling of what is happening from the blurb but it doesn’t change the apprehension that I felt. Lucy’s fear and frustration just jumps off every page and as her problem gets bigger her world becomes smaller.

Amanda Brooke, the author, just nailed the characters in this story. The build up was perfect, I at times doubted my own judgement of the people in the story. Loved how both Lucy’s and Adam’s pasts came to haunt them, it really did put the cat among the pigeons.

This is quite a dark topic and one that sort of creeps up on a person without them knowing that it is happening, that is the terrifying thing. The mind tries to make sense of situations and sometimes it fights what is plain to see with outsiders but feelings muddy the water. I truly enjoyed this book from cover to cover.

I wish to thank Netgalley and the publisher Harper Collins UK for this book which I have honestly reviewed.


Amanda Brooke

Amanda Brooke lives in Liverpool with her daughter Jessica. It was only when her young son was diagnosed with cancer that Amanda began to develop her writing, recording her family’s journey in a journal and through poetry. When Nathan died in 2006 at just three years old, Amanda was determined that his legacy would be one of inspiration not devastation. Her debut novel Yesterday’s Sun was inspired by her experiences of motherhood and her understanding of how much a mother would be willing to sacrifice for the life of her child.





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