I'm delighted to be one of the stops on the blog blitz for The Other Mother by J.A. Baker and it's also Publication Day!
You can catch my review today but first of all let's take a look at the description for the book...
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...
After enjoying Her Dark Retreat I couldn't wait to see what kind of story J.A. Baker would come up with next. On occasion I love to read a darker story one that will probably have you looking over your shoulder or even checking the locks. So with that in mind I eagerly started The Other Mother...
I think after reading the first couple of pages I knew that I was going to finish it in one evening. This was definitely down to such an intriguing and tense story that easily captured my attention and refused to let go. At first there are a few jumps from the different perspectives which meant I had to pay close attention. However I highly recommend holding on as slowly but surely bits of information surface along with keeping a little behind to keep the tension at a high. I had so many questions that I couldn't wait to find the answers to. J.A. Baker has created an intricate and cleverly crafted plot that held my complete attention.
The characters were easily brought to life, flaws and all with me not knowing who to trust or what to believe. These three women are linked somehow and it was such a fantastic journey trying to discover the truth. I really don't want to go into too much detail as it really is worth putting the pieces together yourself and trying to figure it all out. I loved all aspects of this story from the mystery, suspense and full on tension that jumps out at you from the pages.
Five stars from me!
With thanks to Sarah at Bloodhound Books for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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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