Book Review: Mother by Laura Jarratt

“Two Girls. One Chance.”

Released in February 2021, Mother by Laura Jarratt sees Lizzie driving home from a family break when her car crashes with her two daughters inside, facing her with a terrible choice. When she recovers from her injuries, Lizzie not only has to deal with the events of that night, but also the police investigation into it. Soon, things take an even darker turn. Just what did happen on that remote country road? Who is responsible? And can the family get through this together? Or will the truth finally tear them apart?

Rating:

Thank you to NetGalley for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A gripping and unputdownable thriller that I had to read in one sitting, Mother is a compelling but chilling read that stirs up deep and raw emotions.

With a heavy focus on grief and loss, this isn’t an easy book to read and I must give a trigger warning of the death of a child and discussions around depression and suicide. But it isn’t all hard-hitting and bleak, as Jarratt explores the story in such a sensitive and engrossing way that you feel determined to ride this journey with Lizzie and her family to make it out on the other side.

The emotions in this book feel so genuine that I had to take a break after the shocking opening chapters. As Lizzie is faced with an impossible decision that no parent ever hopes to have to make, I could feel her despair completely. It’s a desperate situation that nobody wants to face, but it certainly makes for one impacting opening to a book.

However, Jarrat handles the story remarkably. What I loved most is that she doesn’t go overboard by putting shocks ahead of believability or push emotions aside just to write a thriller that will have a lasting effect. Instead, the events that play out at the end feel just as genuine as the harrowing start and not once did I feel let down by the direction it takes.

Told through two points of view, one being an unknown narrator who is stalking Lizzie and her family, you know to expect some shocks and twists along the way and Jarratt does not disappoint. The whole book is fast-paced and easy to read but the ending is especially adrenaline-fuelled and leaves you with the same question of what you would do in this situation. Because motherhood is hard, and there’s never an easy path to take.

A thought-provoking and effective read, Mother may be too depressing for some readers, but for me, it left its mark. This pulled on all of my emotions and it’s definitely a book that will stay with me.

Details:

Mother by Laura Jarratt
Release Date: 18th February 2021
Print Length: 352 pages
Genre: Psycological Thriller
Publisher: Trapeze

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