27 September 2018.
ISBN: 978-1-4091-8147-7 (PB)
Erica Wright has been buffeted by life's slings and arrows since childhood: stifled by an over-protective mother, abandoned while pregnant by her married lover, betrayed by her best friend and made to feel a pariah in the neighbourhood. But she has always believed in her son Craig, despite what everyone else, including the courts, thought of him. Now Craig is about to be released on parole after serving seventeen years of a life sentence; he was convicted of murdering his girlfriend and is still suspected of killing another girl though the police couldn't prove it.
Elisabeth Carpenter's two previous novels revealed a talent for getting under the skin of damaged souls like Erica: a skill which ramps up to a high level in Only a Mother. Consequently, it's not an easy book to read; it's so well done that I had to keep putting it down and taking a few deep breaths.