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The Good Mother

Narrated by: Emmy Rose
Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)
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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

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"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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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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  • Wendi
  • Houston, TX
  • 03-04-19

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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  • NJS
  • TAUNTON, MA, US
  • 03-08-19

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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  • kilara
  • 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.