BLOG TOUR: Mother Loves Me by Abby Davies

“One little girl. Two little girls. But Mother only needs one.”

The 2020 book by Abby Davies, Mother Loves Me follows 13-year-old Mirabelle whose mother loves her. She’s her ‘little doll’. Mother dresses her, paints her face, and plaits her hair. But as Mirabelle grows, the dresses no longer fit quite as well, the face paint no longer looks quite so pretty. And Mother isn’t happy. On her birthday, Mother arrives home with a present – a new sister, 5-year-old Clarabelle, who Mother has rescued from the outside world. As it dawns on Mirabelle that there is a new ‘little doll’ in her house, she also realizes that her life isn’t what she thought it was. And that dolls often end up on the scrap heap.

Rating:

Today is my stop on the blog tour for this book. Thank you to Insta Book Tours for a spot on the tour, which I have joined with my own copy.

Mother Loves Me is a brilliantly chilling psychological thriller that is both disturbing but exhilarating. Gripping, fast-paced and heart-racingly tense, I did not want to put this book down.

I love a dark thriller and this is exactly the kind of book that I was after – it grabbed my attention quickly, kept me on edge throughout, and threw so many twists at me that I had no idea which way it would go.

The tension remains high until the very end and the characters are so twisted that you can’t help but fall into Mother’s trap. Both the characters and setting are so well written that I constantly felt like I was right there in this isolated farmhouse with Mirabelle, feeling the pressure of this enclosed space, desperately searching for a way out, and worried about how Mother might react next.

As Davies’ debut, this is such an impressive book and I cannot wait for her next release, The Cult, which is set to be released in October.

Details:

Mother Loves Me by Abby Davies
Release Date: 6th August 2020
Print Length: 301 pages
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: HarperCollins

Synopsis:

One little girl.
Mirabelle’s mother loves her. She’s her ‘little doll’. Mother dresses her, paints her face, and plaits her hair. But as Mirabelle grows, the dresses no longer fit quite as well, the face paint no longer looks quite so pretty. And Mother isn’t happy.

Two little girls.
On Mirabelle’s 13th birthday, Mother arrives home with a present – a new sister, 5-year-old Clarabelle, who Mother has rescued from the outside world.

But Mother only needs one.
As it dawns on Mirabelle that there is a new ‘little doll’ in her house, she also realizes that her life isn’t what she thought it was. And that dolls often end up on the scrap heap…

About The Author:

After gaining a degree in English Literature, Abby taught English and wrote in her spare time. Abby lives in Wiltshire with her husband, daughter and two hilarious cocker spaniels, Tilly and Bilbo. MOTHER LOVES ME is her debut novel. THE CULT is her second book, and is available to pre-order, out on 28 Oct 2021!

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