The Mothers by Sarah J Naughton
Genre: Women’s Fiction/ Thriller
Published: April 2020, Trapeze
Swathi’s Rating: 5/5
About the Book:
They meet at their NCT Group. The only thing they have in common is they’re all pregnant.
Three years later, they are all good friends. Aren’t they?
One Missing Husband.
Now the police have come knocking. Someone knows something.
And the trouble with secrets is that someone always tells.
Now – Detective Inspector Iona is on a missing person’s case as she begins to look up the man in question has apparently been involved in fraud and gone avol. How much D\does his wife Bella know? Just as she starts questioning Bella’s movements prior to his disappearance, a circle of 4 women come into picture, calling themselves the mothers club entangled in a series of lies and secrets beneath the glamorous surface.
As the story progresses, we begin to know more about each women Bella the calm, overweight wife to Ewans who barely notices her anymore.
Chrissy, the good looking, hardworking wife to handsome Russell who earns less than her, feeling insecure thus spoiling their sex life.
Jen, gorgeous and youngest in the group has lost a child once and now lives in a crappy apartment with her on and off boyfriend Eliot. She’s also childminding Bella’s son.
Skye is a masseuse, living alone with her daughter near the lake embankment. She’s guilty of leading Jen out of prenatal scans which may have caused her to loose her baby. The ripple between the two women always seem to be there.
Electra is a mother of two who has a hard time minding her autistic son. Soon the child services are on to her and she finds it hard to cope up with her son and live up financially.
The whereabouts of these women is somehow connected to the disappearance of Ewans as more and more secrets come to light in the detective’s investigation.
Brilliantly written and manipulated by the author who keeps her audience as hooked as she could try. As a constant reader of crime fiction, I found myself in a shameful state where I could not figure out how this book will end not did I guess THAT brilliant climax of the book! Completely mind blowing. I highly recommend it to readers who love a domestic thriller where you could not trust any of the characters, and also to those who like reading multiple PoVs!
Thanks to the publisher for my digital copy in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are solely mine and in no way are they unbiased.
Meet the Author:
Sarah J Naughton grew up in Dorset, on a diet of tales of imperiled heroines and wolves in disguise. As an adult her reading matter changed but those dark fairytales had deep roots. Her debut children’s thriller, THE HANGED MAN RISES, featured a fiend from beyond the grave menacing the streets of Victorian London, and was shortlisted for the 2013 Costa award. THE MOTHERS is her third psychological thriller for adults.