A Mother Like You by Ruby Speechley
Kate Marshall lives an enviable life. Married to handsome, charming, James, owner of a successful company, she seems to have it all.
But falling pregnant at 45 was never part of the plan. Especially as Kate’s hiding a devastating secret – one that she’s been running from for twenty years.
So when ex-boyfriend Paul comes back into her life, threatening to expose the truth about what Kate did, the clock is ticking. Can she keep her secrets and finally be the mother she always dreamed of – or will her past lies destroy her perfect life?
An unputdownable, complex and twisty psychological thriller about mothers and daughters – fans of Shalini Boland, Liane Moriarty and Jane Shemilt will love this gripping read.
I devoured A Mother Like You in just a few hours. The blurb doesn’t lie; this is a gripping book. I got so invested in Kate and while the first chapter alluded to the secret she was hiding, I was dying to see who it was harassing her and what they wanted. Each chapter kept me on edge and completely guessing until the very end. And that’s not all there was to guess. Kate’s mother, Elizabeth, also had a past of her own that was interesting enough to warrant its own story. Plus, some of the more minor characters had a few tricks up their sleeves as well.
Let’s go back to Kate and her mother. As far back as when Kate was a child, they’ve had a rocky relationship. We know that Elizabeth was a cold, almost unloving mother and a certain action of hers made Kate stay away for over 20+ years. While Elizabeth’s story gives the reader an extra plotline to enjoy, it is more than just a side story. I believe that it is Elizabeth who ties the whole book together. She is the central point to the various points on motherhood, mistakes that are made, and what warrants being called a good or a bad mother. Maybe it is the fact that I am getting older and getting broody but I’ve really been enjoying books that reflect on motherhood lately. This theme propelled A Mother Like You You from a good story to a great one for me.
Have I caught your interest? A Mother Like You is out now.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.