The Good Mother by Karen Osman

 

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A gripping psychological suspense, with a shocking twist that will leave you reeling…

Catherine is a good mother and a good wife. The family home is immaculate, her husband’s supper is cooked on time, but when she starts writing to Michael, a prisoner convicted of murder, she finds herself obsessing about his crime and whether he can ever truly be forgiven…

Kate has no time for herself. Caught in the maelstrom of bringing up two young children with no money, and an out-of-work husband, she longs to escape the drudgery of being a wife and a mother. And she soon starts taking dangerous risks to feel alive…

Alison has flown the nest. But university life is not what she had hoped for, and she finds herself alone and unhappy. Until the day her professor takes a sudden interest in her. Then everything changes…

Three women – all with secrets. And as the days tick down to Michael’s release, those secrets can no longer be ignored.

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Never Saw it Coming .. what a read!!  5startr

I finished reading this novel in bed last night and, despite the fact my OH was fast asleep beside me, I gasped ‘Wow’ out loud. The twist in this thriller shocked and surprised me .. I didn’t see it coming and, well, without giving any spoilers the only thing I can say is wow, Wow, WOW!!!

Karen Osman’s ‘The Good Mother’ is, on the surface, the tale of the lives of three women at different stages of their life – Catherine, the mature woman with a comfortable home who give her time to volunteering in her community; Kate, the young mother who is dedicating herself to her young family until she realises she is losing herself, bit by bit, day by day; and Alison, the young woman leaving her nearby home to settle into student accommodation to get the full uni experience. I was more than half way through and completely absorbed in the story before I wondered what the connection was between the three and then I realised that it was the location of the City of Durham.
This is one terrific read. It draws you in and makes you comfortable, gets you really involved in these women’s lives – their hopes, dreams, worries, aspirations, solutions, achievements and the tale moves on at a blistering yet strangely relaxed pace. I’ve always loved novels with three or four characters where you go back and forward following each one and I thoroughly enjoyed each story in it’s own right.
I particularly loved the fact that the twist in the tale didn’t come until I was 99% into the read. I wasn’t looking for it, certainly wasn’t expecting it and, frankly, I’m still a bit shocked!
This is an extremely readable, very well written novel and one which I shall be enthusiastically recommending. I can honestly state that I’ve never read anything like it. Karen Osman is an author now firmly on my radar! I am so happy that Aria Fiction approved my request to read it, and I thank them.
I received an arc via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: family, psychological thriller, women

 

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This is Karen Osman’s debut novel

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