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Published by Avon/HarperCollins, 7 September 2017. ISBN:
This very commercial thriller kept me engrossed: it is
an absolute page-turner. I picked it up every available minute in mid-December and
Christmas preparations suffered as a result.
protagonist is Sarah Mason, a divorced female detective. Her little girl Molly
is abducted and Sarah receives a series of scary messages from the kidnapper
saying she’s been taken to punish Sarah, and won’t ever be given back. Instead
Sarah will be sent photos of her daughter settling into a new life and
forgetting that Sarah was ever her mummy. Meanwhile, if Sarah should do
anything the kidnapper doesn’t want her to do, like releasing the photos to the
media, as inadvertently happens, her little girl will suffer the consequences.
It is a very frightening premise and it’s not surprising that Sarah, unaware of
any such vicious enemy, falls to pieces.
ex-husband Adam meanwhile, also a detective, is devastated too, but channels
his fear into action. Ignoring orders from the police team investigating, he
acts on his own suspicions and begins to make progress, handing the police useful
leads through some ballsy confrontations. I won’t say more for fear of spoilers,
but the novel is well plotted and hangs together beautifully, with a
particularly nice twist relating to the reason for the abduction. The solution
to who had taken Molly, and why, is convincing and while I was a little ahead
of Sarah and Adam in reaching the answer, it added to the enjoyment – I suspect
that was the author’s plan. Nothing more satisfying than thinking: I was right. And the climax was as heart-stopping
as you could wish for.
The Mother is going to please mightily. And
it was certainly un-putdownable; thank goodness I finished it before Christmas
Reviewer: Dea Parkin
DeaParkinis an editor with her consultancy
Fiction Feedback and is also Secretary of the Crime Writers’ Association. She
writes poetry and occasionally re-engages with The Novel. When she isn't
editing, managing or writing she is usually to be found on the tennis court –
or following the international tour at home on TV. Usually with several books
on the go, she entertains a penchant for crime fiction, history, and novels
with a mystical edge. She is engaged in a continual struggle to find space for
bookshelves and time for her friends and her cat.