**BLOG BLITZ** The Other Mother by JA Baker

6th December 2017

What the publisher says:

Three troubled women. One deadly secret.

Lissy and her daughter, Rosie, live a quiet life in Yorkshire, however when events at Rosie’s school come to light, their peaceful existence is shattered

Meanwhile, middle-aged women Erica and Beverley appear to have perfect lives but behind closed doors things are not as they seem.

All three women are tied together by a dark past that goes back to their school days. A child was murdered and one of the women is to blame.

But is the person responsible for the child’s death the same person who was blamed for it all those years ago?

As secrets from their past begin to surface it becomes clear that someone has revenge in their sights…

 

What I say:

This is a psychological thriller which gradually draws you in and then doesn’t let you go.  The chapters alternate between the main character’s viewpoints, giving us a look at their lives now, many years after the events which link and define them all and also a look back at how they were. It took me some time to get used to this and to follow the individual stories but it was worth persevering.

There are a few themes running through the book but I think the main one is that our past catches up with us however hard we try to forget it.   The three women at the centre of the story have each found their own way of dealing with the events that shaped their lives for so long but one of them cannot forget what happened and has developed a need for revenge.  The novel is full of twists and turns and almost had me holding my breath as I read and tried to digest what was happening.

It’s hard going at first but stick with it, it’s definitely worth it.

Rating 4 out of 5

 

Author Bio:
 

Born in Middlesbrough too many years ago to mention, J. A. Baker developed a deep appreciation of literature and reading from a young age after being introduced to it by her parents. Weekly visits to the library were the norm and after being handed a collection of Edgar Allen Poe stories by her father, her love for the darker side of fiction slowly grew. She is an avid reader of all books but is drawn in particular, to psychological thrillers.

After many rejections (too many to mention!) her debut novel, Undercurrent, was published by Bloodhound Books in March 2017 and made it into the top 100 Amazon chart in both the UK and Canada. She is currently putting the finishing touches to her third novel and working on her fourth one.

J. A. Baker has four grown up children and lives in a village on the outskirts of Darlington with her husband Richard, and Theo, their barking mad dog.

Links:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/thewriterjude/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/thewriterjude 

Website – http://www.jabakerauthor.co.uk/

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