A Mother’s Lie
478 (I know, right?) pages
Ten years ago, Clara McNair’s parents disappeared and she became the lead suspect, causing her to run away from the whispers and threatening townspeople. Today, she’s back in her hometown recording a documentary in anticipation of the ten year anniversary. Despite the townspeople following her every move and making their desire for her to leave obvious, she sticks with the film in order to make enough money to pay for her two year old son’s, James’, cancer treatment. But when bones are found on her parents’ property and attempts are taken on her life, is she strong enough to endure it all for her son?
Clara was a little frustrating. She’s a highly educated woman with a sordid past that has experienced quite a bit in her young life, so when she just keeps making dumb decision after dumb decision, I stopped caring. A lot of the secondary characters were kind of cookie cutter and it was easy to predict their actions.
The writing is spotless and the story moves steadily (despite being a longer read) and is difficult to put down. It is a psychological thriller, so of course there’s a twist, and I really want to say I didn’t see it coming, but to an extent I did. I don’t want to give anything away but *not really a spoiler but SPOILER* when a character is presented as nothing but good and perfect and 100% on the main character’s side, I get suspicious. And so when the villain was revealed, I just had a ‘yup, knew it’ reaction when I really wanted a ‘NO EFFING WAY’ reaction.
Despite my hang-ups, the author has a lot of potential and I’ll be keeping an eye out for her future works.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.