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The Good Mother

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Oh my what a book! I didn't want to put this one down. Loved it from the start. 

Thanks to author, publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
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Thank you to NetGalley for providing to me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Amy’s life is picture perfect. Mess with that picture – you’re going to pay.

Amy’s life is close to perfect – two lovely daughters, a wonderful husband and she’s queen bee in her circle of soccer moms. She feels content, like she’s finally put some distance between herself and the terrible events of long ago.

The only fly in the ointment is Charlotte, a recent arrival to this affluent suburban community. The shameless way she dresses, the way the men look at her… it’s not right, she’s just not the kind of person they want around here.

Amy spearheads a drive to exclude Charlotte, to make it clear to her that she’s not welcome here. Infuriatingly, Charlotte doesn’t seem to care… And when her daughter joins the soccer team there’s just no getting away from her.

But Amy knows from bitter experience the kind of trouble a woman like Charlotte can bring. And there is no way on earth that her girls are ever going to be exposed to anything like that. The solution is clear - Charlotte has to go. No matter what it takes.

The gripping domestic thriller for fans of Liane Moriarty, T. M. Logan, and Sally Hepworth.
This book really grabbed me from the very beginning. I found some of the characters so unlikeable, yet I could not stop reading to find out what happened next. I found myself moving quickly through different emotions and wondering how the story was going to end. At one point, as I was approaching the end of the book, I even found myself thinking, "Please don't be a disappointment," and I am happy to report that it was not. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of highly readable novels that are full of suspense, have a good number of twists and turns without being ridiculous, and provide a satisfying ending that you just might not see coming.
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This is the first physiological thriller book I have read and having promised myself I would try out some new genres I thought this one might be good to start with.  Wow, just wow... 

It had me gripped from the very first chapter, it tells the story of 4 women through different points of view.  It creeps you out and makes you feel more and more anxious as the book goes on.  It deals with lots of issues such as mental health issues, jealousy and pain.  And the ending is a real twist.  I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to reading more from this author.
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Amy is clearly haunted by a traumatic past and is obsessed with keeping complete control of her “perfect” life. The new arrival Charlotte is a single mother, also with a traumatic past, who is looking to raise her daughter in a safe environment. Charlotte is a free, hippy spirit who doesn’t conform to Amy’s standards and that makes her a target when she moves into their neighborhood. Rachel is Amy’s BFF and she would be the follower of the soccer mom group. She has a whole set of her own issues. These three tell the stories through their POV. 

This domestic thriller was 
Pleasantville meets the Desperate Housewives.

“Everyone has secrets, parts of their lives kept hidden.”

It was like reading a train wreck. Amy started off slightly delusional and grew to off the chart level of crazy. Rachel was incredibly insecure with serious body image issues and needed lots of reassurance. It was painful at times reading about how she hated her body. 

It was captivating in the sense that you couldn’t believe how low Amy could stoop to or how ridiculous Rachel was in supporting her. Poor Charlotte was just trying to start fresh and raise her daughter but was constantly the object of Amy’s viciousness. 

I found this book to be mainly focusing on relationships. It was somewhat suspenseful at times but without any twists or surprises. I I really felt it had that desperate housewives feel, where the women have their own issues, pretend to be perfect, and take down anyone that threatened them. The reader just watches the main character spiral more and more out of control.

I personally prefer thrillers to have suspense, twists and surprises. This has too much drama for me.
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Yet another domestic drama billed as a psychological thriller. Bland characters, bland plot and bland writing. Not for me at all I skipped through parts.
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Fabulous suspense and wonderful thriller.   Excellent writing. A plot that will leave you spellbound. And characters you will fall in love with.  Ten stars to this wonderful novel.  Highly recommend a,
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This was a great book with lots of twists - you have to concentrate to keep up! I really enjoyed it and will look for more from this author. 5*
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Thank you for the advanced copy.  I didn't care for this book.  It was a slog for me and I found myself skipping ahead in parts.  Just wasn't for me.
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Sadly, this is another domestic drama that is let down by being marketed as an incredible psychological thriller. The mystery is underwhelming, the characters are dull and don't really stand out in any way, and it's essentially a very quick and forgettable read. There are others out there that are better.
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Quite a basic story that has been done many a time. Easy to read but not as tense as expected. Still worth a read though.
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This book was not a thriller. It was just a bitchy mother who set out to put another mother down. There were no twists and turns just a very unlikeable main character.
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This book was super twisty and not at all what I expected. I say that as a good thing. Amy comes from a traumatic past and with that, it has molded and shaped who she is as an adult and how she raises her kids. Enter Charlotte, who the mommy judges determine, is not the kind of mom she should be. Amy sets out on a crash course to rid the neighborhood of this woman before she does harm .But she is spiraling out of control. How far will she go. The multiple POV told from three characters adds to the suspense of this book and is worth checking out this coming new year.
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This book was originally published in 2010 with something like, the crazy soccer moms as the title.

It isn't a thriller, more of a drama, and didn't grab me at all. The beginning was quite odd and honestly kind of disturbing and disjointed. 

I don't recommend. I am incredibly unsure why it was republished.
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An excellent domestic thriller, full of believable characters and an entertaining plot. Highly recommended. Plan on reading more books by this author.
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I hate when books lie to me.

 “A psychological thriller with a shocking twist”. 

REALLY? The Good Mother is a drama story about a bunch of crazy snobby women and their obsession with their kids playing soccer, it’s long, it’s boring, the ending is predictable and IT’S NOT A THRILLER! 

The only thing I like about this book is the cover. 

Please do not read this book, I can promise you it’s not worth your time.
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