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The New Mother

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I think this book started off very well, and kept momentum. 
None of the characters were particularly likeable, but it was interesting to watch them unfold. 
Definitely a lesson in not everything being as it seems.
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A great psychological thriller
Two women with problems
What could go wrong
A real page turner with many twists and turns
Thanks NetGalley
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This is the first we have read from Julia Crouch. The New Mother is a quick read thriller will all the crazy elements of this genre readers are looking for!

We all know a Rachel. We all have that one friend. She seems to have it all together… a plan for everything. As an expectant mother who organized everything in her life, she’s tired. She just needs some help. Thank God for Abbie. Abbie is trustworthy and answered Rachel’s prayers for help. Abbie will do anything to help.

But why does Rachel get that feeling when Abbie smiles? You know someone is crazy in this story, you know someone is hiding something… but this story will take you on an adventure of twists and turns so hold on!
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Rachel has her own issues & finds the girl she thinks is the best candidate to help her through her pregnancy, Abbie. But, oh my, Abbie, has issues of her own. These two together are a hot mess & I found myself trying to figure out which one was more twisted, who the bad girl was. This book is so full of twists your head spins!
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Ever wondered what it takes to become a social media influencer? Rachel Rodrigues can tell you. Dedication, inspiration and an entourage of trusted individuals to guide and support (some might say to inflate the ego)….

But Rachel needs a new member of “staff” as she’s having a baby. Enter stage right, Abbie who beat off 29 other in-person interviewees (not to mention the 1000+ other applicants). Abbie is Rachel’s über fan. She’s obsessed, but how obsessed?

To start with I quite liked the meek and shy Abbie but as she grew into her role as trusted companion of the great RR, she changed… or was it more she showed her true colours? But what is her story? Why the obsession with RR?? Questions questions questions…. The sign of a cracking thriller!

From the short sharp attention grabbing prologue to the O.M.G ending, I was gripped. All of Crouch’s characters has serious damage and I don’t know which character needed the most therapy by the end of it all! They all need help!

The New Mother is my first taste of Julia Crouch’s writing and I loved it. I’ve got some of her other creations sat waiting for me and this is making me kick myself for not sampling her work sooner!
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Wow. This author is just so accomplished at writing twisty tales that leave us guessing until the breath taking end. She deftly builds up the tension notch by notch until we are absolutely at the edge of our seats. This book us just brilliant. Do read it.
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3⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Thankyou #netgalley #bookcouture #bookcoutureaudio #juliacrouch for giving me a chance to have a advance copy of this arc for an honest review.
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Trigger warning ⚠️ 
social media bully ⚠️
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I was hooked up by the plot at first until I get to chapter 36. The story surrounds with full of lies and too much bullying for being a social media influencer. I'm getting lost on which is which probably because of the narrator which I give 2.5⭐️. So I read it instead but still confuse about the plot . The genre *thriller and mystery * did nothing applies until to the end which quite a roller coaster on how and what happen. It's a mishmash of words . I would love to read it more but DNF at chapter 40.


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Overall it's 3⭐️
With a narrator of 2.5⭐️

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Reading Between the Wines book review #110/115 for 2021:
Rating: 3 🍷 🍷 🍷
Book 🎧: The New Mother
Author: Julia Crouch
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers 
RELEASED on October 12, 2021!!! 

Sipping thoughts: This was a decent read for me. It will make you think twice and three times before you invite any new people into your life. Rachel needs help when she finds out she is pregnant. So, she hires Abbie who is one of her biggest fans. Only thing is, one of them is about to find out that the term “no new friends” is one to live by. 

Cheers and thank you to @NetGalley and @Bookouture for an advanced copy of @TheNewMother.
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Wow! This book has pulled me in and consumed me. I have literally been gripped to the pages of this one and unwilling to put this down.

This really is a psychological and breathtaking rollercoaster. The characters are interesting, I have found them realistic and the perfect contrast.

This moves at the perfect pace, I have adored losing myself in the pages of this one. This is a great read for lovers of the genre and is completely unpredictable.

This is my first read by this author, but I absolutely cannot wait to read more. This has been a superb and gripping read and I can’t wait for more.
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Thank you to Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A little slow to begin with, but the narrative soon heated up. Full of suspense, twists and turns. A recommended read.
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This book was really good with interesting characters and lots of twists and turns. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy in exchange for review.


4.5/5
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BLOG TOUR REVIEW 

Review for 'The New Mother' by Julia Crouch. 

Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Julia Crouch, Bookouture publishers and Bookouture anonymous 

Publication date 12th October 2021.

This is the first book I have read by this author. It was previously titled 'Mother's Helper'. 

I was originally drawn to this book by its stunning eye catching cover and intriguing sounding synopsis and title. The synopsis stated that this book is 'Filled with tension and twists to keep you glued to every page, it is perfect for fans of Ruth Ware, Shari LaPena and The Girl on the Train.' I am a huge fan of Shari Lapena so am looking forward to seeing if this lives up to this statement. I must admit I was also biased due to the publisher being Bookouture. I have yet to read a book published by Bookouture  that I haven't enjoyed. Hopefully this won't be the first... Watch this space! (Written before I started reading the book).

This novel consists of a prologue, 49 chapters, 43 "Instagram post page" and 2 newspaper extracts. The chapters are short to medium in length so possible to read 'just one more chapter' before bed...OK, I know yeah right, but still just in case!

This book is based in Devon and London, England, 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 , UK 🇬🇧. I always enjoy when books are set in the UK as I'm from Wales and have sometimes visited areas mentioned in the book. I have in fact visited and holidayed in Devon This makes it easier to picture where the scenes are set at times. 

This book is written in third person perspective and the main protagonists are Abbie and Rachel. The benefits of third person perspective with multiple protagonists are that it let's you see the bigger picture of what's going on and you get to know more characters more, what they are thinking and what they are doing. It feels like you get to see the whole picture and not miss out in anything. 

'The New Mother' discusses some topics that may trigger some readers or may not be suitable for others. I like to point this out ahead of time in my reviews so you can judge if this book is for you or not. In this book Julia discusses/includes  mental health and miscarriage. 

It is set over/includes multiple time lines. When books show what has happened in the past and what is happening in the present I find it really helps the reader (if it is well done) understand why things are happening and what has lead to the present activities and decisions. It also shows the bigger picture. 

OMG!!!! SERIOUSLY!!!! WHAT A BOOK!!! JUST WOW, WOW, WOW!!! 

What an absolutely fantastically written book with vivid descriptions that make you feel the warmth of the hot tub and leaving your heart race!!! The cover, synopsis and title suit the book perfectly!! Although 'The Mother's Helper' was also a perfect title for this book 'The New Mother' works just as well. 

This may be the first book I have read by Julia but it most certainly will not be my last!!! I absolutely love how it is written with the Instagram posts in between chapters bringing realism into it. The storyline itself is scarily realistic, you just need to read the news to see how influencers get some extreme stalkers and abuse. I was completely invested in the storyline and once I picked it up I could not put it down so if you are about to read this then make sure you clear your schedules. If your not going to read it then a) why the heck not?!?! And b) definitely your loss!!! This is one of the most intense and suspense filled books I've ever read. It is absolutely filled with friendship, deception, tension, lies, suspense and a few shocks and twists thrown in!!! Being a vegan myself I enjoyed that veganism was mentioned throughout this book. A genuine page turner that will keep you flipping the pages until you reach the explosive ending!!! 

Rachel and Abbie are both very realistic and strong women both with very different personalities. It was intriguing to watch how both their personalities and their relationship changed throughout the story. I wasn't a fan of Abbie from the start as I found her to be quite controlling and obsessive but I won't say anymore as I don't want to give anything away. Rachel was a typical influencer and although I don't follow any myself I really enjoyed reading her Instagram posts and seeing the difference between her online persona and her real life one. 

Congratulations Julia on one heck of a page turning psychological read!!! I absolutely loved reading this book and have already added all your previous books to my wish list. I look forward to reading more of your previous and future books. I would absolutely LOVE to see this turned into a movie which I can guarantee will be a sell out!! Welcome to my favourite authour club!!! Don't worry I'm not an Abbie 😉. 


Overall an absolutely page turning, intense, heart racing psychological thriller that will get you addicted!!! 


Genres covered in this book include Thriller, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Psychological Fiction, Crime Fiction amongst others. 


I would recommend this book to the fans of the above as well as fans of Shari Lapena, 'Gone Girl' and anyone and EVERYONE who loves a fast paced thriller. 


447 pages.

This book is just 99p to purchase on kindle via Amazon which I think is an absolute bargain for this book!!! 

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When social media influencer Rachel becomes pregnant, she posts online about needing a mother's helper. Through many applicants, she selects Abbie. Best friend Fran thinks someone else would be a better fit, but Rachel insists on hiring plain and subdued Abbie due to her own personal motives of documenting her journey to improving herself in front of her many followers. What Rachel doesn't know is that Abbie has personal motives of her own.

I thought this was an interesting read, trying to figure out who is truly the villain. Quiet Abbie seems harmless at first but slowly begins to infiltrate Rachel's personal life, gaining her trust and becoming her trusted confidante. Rachel has a secret from her past that she can't escape from, with the effects of what happened becoming a permanent fixture in her life. As you dive deeper in the story you are trying to figure out who is out to get who. Overall a good read with twists and surprises. 

Thank you Netgalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read this book.
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Welcome to the world of social media ! To start with I thought this was going to be chick lit about living your life through Instagram. It was so much more ! The story quickly pulled me in and the characters were well drawn, exploring  coercive control, the story flipped when you least expected it. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and what an excellent film it would make !
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I absolutely LOVED Julia Crouch’s previous book Her Husband’s Lover and even popped it into my Top Ten Books of 2016 so I was thrilled to see that after a long absence, she has come back with a new publishing deal with Bookouture and a stunning psychological thriller called The New Mother which is being published on 12th October. When Julia messaged me recently to explain her absence and ask if I would be on the blogtour it was an easy and absolute YES please from me.

The New Mother is a very twisty and utterly addictive story told by two female narrators and within moments of meeting both Rachel (RR) and Abbie, my spidy sense was telling me something was “off” with one or them or perhaps even both of them. This is one of the books that you spend the entire time reading with your heart beating faster, your sphincter muscles clenched tighter and a huge ball of dread rolling around your stomach.

Rachel is an influencer, now in her mid 30’s with a following of millions she has decided to have a baby. However, the fact she’s single reduces the odds in her getting pregnant in the old fashioned way, so she uses a sperm donor. Now pregnant, alone and living in an isolated house Rachel decides to “advertise” on her Instagram page for a “Mother’s Helper”, someone to live in and help her during the latter stages of her pregnancy and when the baby “beansprout” arrives.

Enter Abbie, Rachel’s SELF CONFESSED NUMBER ONE FAN, who despite not quite fitting the requirements of the job, manages to blag her way into Rachel’s life and home and very quickly starts to take over Rachel’s life.

It’s pretty obvious to me that one of these women is unhinged, but which one? Well I can honestly say that my opinions were going back and forth, back and forth throughout the book. With both women hiding secrets from their past, it was difficult to work out which of them was the unreliable narrator and which one was the victim.

I’m not going to say much more about this book, except to say “WELCOME BACK Julia Crouch, we missed you” and readers of twisty, clever and totally addictive storylines will love this book.
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4.5 Stars

Julia Crouch’s The New Mother is a chilling, terrifying and compulsively readable thriller readers will not be able to put down.

Pregnant mother Rachel is on a quest for perfection. She wants to give her child the world and is willing to do whatever it takes to make sure that her baby never wants for anything. Rachel knows that she cannot be the perfect mum by herself, so she is looking for someone to help her care for her baby. Rachel has exacting standards and is looking for someone who is organized, friendly and willing to go the extra mile for her precious baby. When Rachel meets Abbie, she thinks that she has found the candidate she had been looking for along. Abbie is sweet, innocent and somebody capable of making all the difference to Rachel and her baby. But is Abbie really as perfect as she seems? Or is there more to her than meets the eye?

What Abbie doesn’t understand is that Rachel needs Abbie for one important reason which nobody must discover: Rachel has a difficult time trusting anyone – including herself! It is of paramount importance that her baby’s every need is catered for – especially because secrets from Rachel’s past are catching up with her. Secrets that necessitate Rachel having to lock her bedroom door every night and check the many cameras dotted around the house obsessively.

Rachel would be completely lost without Abbie. But is Abbie as saintly as Rachel makes her out to be? Or has the new mother made the biggest mistake of her life by letting Abbie step through the doors of her house?

Julia Crouch will make readers jump out of their skin and double-check that they’ve locked the doors and windows while reading her heart-pounding new thriller, The New Mother. A complex, sinister, creepy and absorbing tale of past ghosts, old sins, persistent dangers and dangerous deception, The New Mother has plenty of jaw-dropping twists and turns that will keep readers turning the pages late into the night.

Brilliantly plotted, cleverly written and superbly constructed, Julia Crouch delivers in a masterclass in thriller writing with her latest novel, The New Mother.
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Wow! Where do I even start with this one? What an absolute edge-of-the-seat book this is!

Firstly I’ll warn you that once you start reading this book you won’t be able to put it down, so pick a time when you can just be completely consumed by it and cancel everything else.

There are so many interesting strands to this book. The whole area of social media influencers is brought to stark light here. Rachel has made a living out of this, and her supposedly authentic life is not as it seems. Those that follow these influencers are of interest too, as it can morph into obsession.

At first I thought that Abbie was quite a sweet, if easily influenced, character, and that Rachel was a bit shallow and vacuous, only interested in projecting her perfect life and promoting products. I won’t give too much away, but I was wrong on both counts! As Abbie becomes more important in Rachel’s life, we begin to see the real Abbie, and it’s quite chilling.

Everything in this book combines perfectly to set the scene, and to build the suspense. The setting, luxurious but remote, and tightly secured, gives a feeling of desolation amidst the opulence. The pace is perfect, starting off sedately, with Rachel’s social media posts interspersed throughout, and then building up to the dramatic ending. The plot is so clever, and the strands all weave together perfectly.

An absolute roller-coaster ride of a book, this book had me completely enthralled and I could not put it down until the end. One of my top books so far this year, an absolute must-read.
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Social media influencer Rachel Rodrigues is about to have her first child, so she advertises on her page for live-in help; someone who will see to her needs as well as those of  her unborn child. Abbie James is Rachel’s biggest fan and can’t believe her luck when she lands the position. But her illusions are soon shattered when she discovers that Rachel’s picture-perfect, #authentic life is actually a carefully curated facade. As the anger and resentment grows, the dark secrets that both women are hiding are slowly revealed, the tension bubbling until it boils over in a heart-pounding finale that will leave you breathless.

Wow! What a ride! This was my first foray into Julia Crouch’s books but it won’t be my last. She had me hooked from the start, suspense and  mystery seeping from every page. The story is narrated by both Rachel and Abbie, who are richly drawn, compelling and unreliable. Rachel is the controlling, difficult and wayward influencer whose life isn’t quite what she sells online, while Abbie is the girl from a difficult background with dreams of a better life who sees Rachel as a kind of saviour. Both women airbrush the truth about themselves to be better liked or get ahead and I liked how they seem to switch roles in terms of who is the good guy or bad guy at different times in the story. 

Rachel’s job as an influencer is a big part of the story. The author not only uses this in the plot itself, but breaks up the story with sporadic ‘Instagram Posts’ that detail some of Rachel’s online content. I loved how these posts created a contrast with what was happening in the narrative, revealing the staged aspect of so-called real life on social media. The author uses Rachel’s influencer status to explore the more damaging aspects of this phenomenon, looking at the effect this can have on the mental and emotional wellbeing of both the poster and the consumer, and making you think about what you see and post online.

Taut, tense, twisty and unputdownable, I loved this gripping psychological thriller and would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys this genre.
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Rachel is a social influencer, who finds herself becoming less and less influential after she becomes pregnant.  She reaches out to her followers to find someone to help her with the baby, and hires Abbie, a super-fan who puts Rachel on a pedestal and believes that her online personality is identical to her actual one. But neither Abbie, not Rachel, are what the other one expects.

I have mixed feelings about this book. I felt that the beginning was a bit slow, but it definitely picked up in the second half of the book and kept me reading to the end.  I thought Rachel’s drive to be the “perfect” mother was interesting, even as she was obviously hiding something, but Abbie’s motivation was just strange.  When you get down to it, I didn’t find that I was rooting for either of these two main characters, even as I wanted to know how it would all end. 

Writing this for a Bookstagram post was also ironic given the major theme of this book. At least I have no grandiose illusions about my reach our influence.   

Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. It has not influenced my opinion.
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Rachel is expecting her first child and is determined to do everything perfectly - including hiring the perfect mother’s helper.

As a popular influencer on social media, Rachel is used to showcasing everything in the best light. But are there more secrets hidden than just Rachel’s bad side in a photo?

And is her new mother’s helper, Abbie, really as innocent as she seems?

I enjoyed how this book alternated viewpoints for the story, and I am still trying to piece some things together even after turning the final page! I literally could not put this book down after about the halfway point. The author kept me glued with every twist!

Perfect for those of you who were fans of Single White Female.

Thank you NetGalley for this advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review,
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