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Publisher's Summary

How far would you go to protect your children? 

Catherine is a good mother and a good wife. The family home is immaculate, her husband's supper is cooked on time, but when she starts writing to Michael, a prisoner convicted of murder, she finds herself obsessing about his crime and whether he can ever truly be forgiven....

Kate has no time for herself. Caught in the maelstrom of bringing up two young children with an out-of-work husband, she longs to escape the drudgery of being a wife and a mother. Soon, she starts taking dangerous risks to feel alive....

Alison has flown the nest. But university life is not what she had hoped for, and she finds herself alone and unhappy - until the day her professor takes a sudden interest in her. Then, everything changes....

Three women - all with secrets. And as the days tick down to Michael's release, those secrets can no longer be ignored. A gripping psychological suspense thriller, with a twist that will leave you reeling.

©2017 Karen Osman (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"The Good Mother is an addictive read that had me gripped from the first page to the shocking conclusion at the end!" (Adele O'Neill)

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Slow-Burn but Ultimately Great

It took me a while to get into the swing of the story, but I am glad I stuck with it. The characters are intriguing. This is the story of three women in different eras- one in the eighties, one in 2010-2011 and one in the current time. All three wind together to make up an ultimately compelling mystery. Stick with it- you'll be glad you did. Recommended.

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Awful

Billed as a psychological thriller with a stunning twist, this story was excruciatingly boring. It took me months to finish (when a good book is done in a weekend). I dreaded going back to it, while also hoping it would pick up the pace-it didn’t. Honestly, my last few books have been so bad, I’m about to quit Audible altogether. Even the narrator was bad.

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Nice Twist

This was a meandering story of the lives of three women. I can't say too much without giving away the twist. I can say that after finishing this book, I might go back and listen again ... now that I know the ending. The narration was very good.

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Won’t get those hours back

Confusing storyline of three separate people. Only last hour do you get the real story.

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mixed feelings

This was not a bad book but the characters never intermingled with each other until the last 10 minutes. I felt like I was listening to 3 separate books all the way to end. In the end I just dont think it was for me. narrator was great!

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Description a Little Misleading

The description for 'The Good Mother' is a little bit misleading and the story is very predictable. I figured out 'the twist' half way through the book. That being said, it was worth the listen.

The story line is told by different characters and the listener wonders how the characters' stories will intertwine. Osman has a knack of drawing empathy from her audience, in making women who don't necessarily make great decisions very likable. I didn't want to yell at our heroine who was being abused. I didn't want to say 'What's wrong with you? Get out!!' Instead, I found myself feeling sorry for her, wanting to hug her, and wanting to help her. This is tricky for a writer.

The story held my interest throughout and got me through a couple of long commutes to work. I would recommend it. I just didn't think the description of the book was on point. but I am still glad I took the time to listen to it.

-Wendi

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Confusing timelines

There are 3 dates given for these 3 women: 1984/5, 2000 & 2010/11. The story reads like all 3 lives are happening at the same time, yet these dates are stated throughout. There is no rhyme or reason for these, as they could all have been living in the same time period. The stories are also very stereotypical of 'the human condition'. All in all, a very ordinary fiction.

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Hard to put down!

While I saw where this story was going very early on, I still found the story very interesting and engaging.

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loved it

loved the ending what a gripping book. I enjoyed it from beginning to end

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A really good read!!

This was a really good book! I agree with one person who wrote that it was confusing at times and that at one point a character was in one place, then suddenly somewhere else. That takes place on chapter 39 (though while listening to it, it says chapter 38). Still, you can fill in a version as to how she got there (if the author had written it in) and it doesn’t take away from the story at all-just a bit confusing. Still a really good read and worth the $$ or credit!!

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  • 03-17-19

Pedestrian and predictable

Was so disappointed having read so many great reviews for this thriller. I guessed the twist about half way through ... the prose is very pedestrian and the characters poorly developed. Didn’t enjoy the narrator either.

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  • Karen Anderson
  • 10-07-19

Wow

This book captured me from start to finish. I thought I had guessed the end but I was far from correct. I found myself shouting at the characters and most people know at least one of the characters. great little read.

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  • Emma
  • 04-26-19

Gripping

Was a story I could not stop listening to, kept me gripped from start to finish. Good narration, and cleverly worked story. Recommended

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  • Alan Walker
  • 04-17-19

very enjoyable

the srory maintained my interest throughout. all the characters were developed well and excellently read

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  • Jilly
  • 03-28-20

it was a bit long winded but good ending

I like the idea of it but it takes a long time to get to where it is going. it did take me several attempts to read this. A good ending though!

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  • Lorraine Derwin
  • 12-02-19

she is very

the narrator was very hard to listen to I wouldn't get a book that she was reading again story very good