Friday, November 6, 2020

Book Review: A Mother Like You

By Cindy Roesel

A MOTHER LIKE YOU (Hera) by Ruby Speechley is a slow boil psychological thriller unlike any I've read recently. It's hard to put down and will keep you hooked from beginning to a very surprising ending. All mothers have secrets, some are unforgiveable and some create trauma that carries across generations.

Kate and James are married and have it all, but children were never in their plan until at 45, Kate finds herself pregnant and concealing a huge secret. Out of the blue, Kate's ex-boyfriend, Paul shows up trying to extort money from her or else he'll expose Kate's secret to James. Kate is caught between not having the money and fearful her secret will come out. But at the same time, James has secrets, too.
Kate and her mother were never close. She's been estranged from her mother for twenty years, after she told Kate her father wasn't really her dad. She's ill and now wants to share other secrets she has with her only daughter.

At the same time, Kate is receiving awful, threatening texts and calls and Paul says he's not sending them. So who? There's a tornado of secrets and shameful lies connected to everyone in this book. How can it end? I'm not telling you.

A MOTHER LIKE YOU is a book filled with interesting, complicated characters, who are hurt and several are facing abandonment issues. There are times towards the end of the novel, when all the truth telling felt as if it was going to cause more damage than healing.

I found Ruby Speechley's writing masterful and I think readers will too. 

Thanks to Rachel's Random Resources for the book in exchange for an honest review.

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Ruby Speechley was born in Lisbon, Portugal, and was brought up in a British-Portuguese family. She has an MA in creative writing from Sheffield Hallam and is a Faber Academy alumna. Her work has been longlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction prize, The Bath Novel Award and Caledonia Novel Award, amongst others. She also won Best Opening Chapter at the York Festival of Writing in 2017. Ruby’s debut novel, Someone Else’s Baby, was published by Hera Books in July 2019. It is a chilling psychological thriller about a young woman who becomes a surrogate but finds that her act of kindness comes with devastating consequences. Her second novel, Every Little Secret was published in April 2020.

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