** advanced copy received via Netgalley **
Author : Amanda Brooke
Title : The Bad Mother
Pages : 416
Publisher : Harper Collins UK
Publication date : December 14, 2017
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…
Lucy is pregnant with her first child. This should be a time of pure joy and excitement but it’s anything but for Lucy and her husband, Adam. Because Lucy is becoming increasingly forgetful. She forgets conversations or turning off the gas hob and often loses or misplaces things. Surely this can’t all be blamed on baby brain?
It’s actually quite obvious from the start what’s going on, which I’m going to assume was the point. Many times I felt like grabbing Lucy by the shoulders, urging her to open her eyes and realise the truth. As it is, this story offers a fascinating insight with realistic and believable characters and it’s utterly terrifying! It’s incredibly devastating to even try and imagine what it must be like to feel so lost and confused all the time.
From the opening page, Amanda Brooke had me on the edge of my seat. This is one amazingly gripping story and I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough to see where things were headed. It’s a tense ride, full of suspense. I got incredibly invested in it and went through a whole gamut of emotions. From frustration and anger to sadness and disbelief.
While I thought the conclusion was completely satisfying, I can’t help but feel I needed more answers. More of an explanation as to the “why” of it all, even though I fully accept there isn’t a reason most of the time. All in all, a brilliantly executed, well-paced, chilling and highly addictive psychological thriller that had me hooked from start to finish!
The Bad Mother is out in ebook format today!