The Other Mother

The Other Mother

“An atmospheric and harrowing tale, richly literary in complexity but ripe with all the crazed undertones, confusions, and forebodings inherent in the gothic genre. Recommend this riveting, du Maurier–like novel to fans of Jennifer McMahon.” — Booklist (starred review)From the author of the internationally bestselling The Lake of Dead Languages comes a gripping novel about...

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Author:Carol Goodman
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The Other Mother Reviews

  • Amy

    Man this was a confusing read but I truly mean that as a compliment, I enjoyed every single page of this compulsive read! The confusion was the interesting kind, you know when you’re reading a book and you know the narrator isn’t reliable? It was that type of read, you’re endlessly questioning the characters, their motivations and their integrity.

    Let me elaborate more on the confusion for you guys, this is told mainly from Daphne’s point of view both in a straightforward narrative in the present

    Man this was a confusing read but I truly mean that as a compliment, I enjoyed every single page of this compulsive read! The confusion was the interesting kind, you know when you’re reading a book and you know the narrator isn’t reliable? It was that type of read, you’re endlessly questioning the characters, their motivations and their integrity.

    Let me elaborate more on the confusion for you guys, this is told mainly from Daphne’s point of view both in a straightforward narrative in the present day and through journal entries from a few months ago. Daphne is a new mom suffering from post partum depression and she joins a support group where she meets Laurel. Their friendship is odd, it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly why at first, but you know something is off. It only becomes clear later that there are so many issues and backstories. In the present day Daphne is starting a new job working for a writer and the bulk of the novel is set at the authors house which shares grounds with a mental institution. Talk about a creepy and unsettling atmosphere! Combine that with Daphne’s delusions and paranoia and you have the perfect recipe for a highly entertaining page turner.

    This was incredibly twisty, therefore difficult to review, especially in terms of the plot, but it was meticulously plotted and extremely well written. This read like a psychological thriller with an edge, it was sophisticated and refined and just so well done. Highly recommended by me!

    The Other Mother in three words: Unnerving, Atmospheric and Polished.

  • Lindsay

    4.5 stars! This was one crazy, twisty, confusing, wild ride! Wow – was it ever fun!

    I was highly intrigued from the start – the characters were fantastic, the atmosphere was vivid and captivating, the plot was engrossing, unpredictable and addictive. This story had me glued to the pages, scratching my head in confusion (in a good way!) at the turn of each chapter. The journal entries were brilliant! The narration was outstanding! My brain was working double-time to try keep up with this clever an

    4.5 stars! This was one crazy, twisty, confusing, wild ride! Wow – was it ever fun!

    I was highly intrigued from the start – the characters were fantastic, the atmosphere was vivid and captivating, the plot was engrossing, unpredictable and addictive. This story had me glued to the pages, scratching my head in confusion (in a good way!) at the turn of each chapter. The journal entries were brilliant! The narration was outstanding! My brain was working double-time to try keep up with this clever and twisted tale.

    The thing that took away from this gripping story was the ending. It was rushed, impractical and disappointing, especially after such a strong build up. Regardless of this, I still loved the journey this book took me on – it was an unforgettable and extremely enjoyable crazy ride! I look forward to reading more from this very talented author!

    A big thank you to Edelweiss, William Morrow Paperbacks and Carol Goodman for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!!

  • Kristy

    When Daphne flees her home, taking very little but her six-month-old daughter, Chloe, she isn't sure what to expect. She's leaving everything behind (including her controlling husband) to work for one of her favorite authors, Schuyler, as an archivist. She'll be living in the shadow of a mental hospital, which Schulyer's late father ran for many years. Daphne hopes this will be a new start and a way to escape both her husband and the dark moods, diagnosed as postpartum mood disorder, she felt wh

    When Daphne flees her home, taking very little but her six-month-old daughter, Chloe, she isn't sure what to expect. She's leaving everything behind (including her controlling husband) to work for one of her favorite authors, Schuyler, as an archivist. She'll be living in the shadow of a mental hospital, which Schulyer's late father ran for many years. Daphne hopes this will be a new start and a way to escape both her husband and the dark moods, diagnosed as postpartum mood disorder, she felt when Chloe was born. She'll also miss her friend, Laurel, with whom she formed a tight bond after meeting in a mother's group.

    It will also always have the distinction of being the novel I was reading on an airplane trip to San Diego when one of my five-year-old daughters threw up. Twice. So it will be memorable in several ways. :)

    If you're looking for an easy, linear psychological thriller, this one may not be for you. This novel is confusing and crazy and makes you question everything you're reading.

    (and a welcome distraction from vomiting children). Most of it is told in current-day descriptions from Daphne, along with excerpts from her journal from her postpartum mothers group. As Daphne meets her new boss, Schuyler, and becomes fascinated with a patient of her father's, Edith, we also eventually hear from Edith and excerpts from Edith's journal, too.

    I don't want to reveal too much, as it's best going in without too many preconceived notions. The novel has a bit of gothic in it, as many of Goodman's do, with the mental hospital looming in the background. The idea of postpartum depression and motherhood is a theme running throughout, as well.

    Overall, even though I was sometimes frustrated as I tried to work through this one, I wound up enjoying it. I was impressed at how things came together and enjoyed the wild ride I was on. I've loved Goodman since

    and find myself looking forward to each new novel she releases. This one was different, but I was quite caught up in its characters and dark themes. Definitely worth a read.

    I received a copy of this novel from the publisher and Librarything in return for an unbiased review (thank you!).

    You can read my review of Goodman's novel THE WIDOW'S HOUSE

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  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    Should she really have done what she did? That seemed to be the only way to keep her baby.

    Daphne married, had a baby, and had Postpartum symptoms that caused her to not be happy and have thoughts of harming the baby.

    Daphne attended classes and met a friend, Laurel, in the class whose baby had the same name as her baby, and they became friends.

    Their friendship was odd, though, because Laurel would tell stories about things that happened to Daphne and make them her own.

    Her husband was supportive

    Should she really have done what she did? That seemed to be the only way to keep her baby.

    Daphne married, had a baby, and had Postpartum symptoms that caused her to not be happy and have thoughts of harming the baby.

    Daphne attended classes and met a friend, Laurel, in the class whose baby had the same name as her baby, and they became friends.

    Their friendship was odd, though, because Laurel would tell stories about things that happened to Daphne and make them her own.

    Her husband was supportive to a point, but then Daphne was worried he would take the baby away from her because he didn't think she was capable of taking care of their child.

    Daphne had a plan where she decided pretending to be someone else to get a job would be the only way out, but was it really?

    She took on the identity of her friend Laurel, met Sky and Billie, and lived in a tower on the grounds of an insane asylum to help Sky write her memoir.

    The job's location was not the best place to be with her paranoia and the history of the mansion. Odd things would happen and strange sounds would occur that had Daphne second guessing her leaving. How Billie took over the caregiving of her daughter to the point of obsession was very strange.

    THE OTHER MOTHER is not something I normally read. It actually was a bit bizarre, dark, and tense for me, but the twists and turns in the storyline and the pull-you-in writing kept me reading.

    I always felt something sinister was about to happen, and was kept on edge and feared for Daphne.

    There are many sneaky, conniving, untrustworthy, deceitful characters in THE OTHER MOTHER.

    I would not recommend this book to women who have just had a baby and who might be having a difficult time.

    This book also addresses suicide and Borderline Personality Disorder.

    This DEFINITELY is a psychological thriller that at first had me second guessing why I was reading it, but then it all came together.

    THE OTHER MOTHER had a pretty clever and brilliant storyline.

    As you near the last pages of the book you will still be asking yourself "Just who is the other mother" and "Is anyone who they say they are?" 4/5

    This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.

  • Rachel Wallace

    This non-stop psychological thriller earned four stars from me!

    This is one of those books that is more fun to read if you don’t know a lot about the plot before hand. All I am going to say is that this story is about two new moms, both suffering from postpartum depression, who become friends after meeting in a support group. But is it really healthy for them to hang out together, feeding off each other’s fears?

    Wow! What a great plot! There is just sooo much packed into

    This non-stop psychological thriller earned four stars from me!

    This is one of those books that is more fun to read if you don’t know a lot about the plot before hand. All I am going to say is that this story is about two new moms, both suffering from postpartum depression, who become friends after meeting in a support group. But is it really healthy for them to hang out together, feeding off each other’s fears?

    Wow! What a great plot! There is just sooo much packed into the 324 pages of this book. It never got dull.

    There were some fantastic twists. Every time I thought I knew what was going on, it turned out I was wrong.

    The characters were my favorite part of this story. Trying to figure each of them was all the entertainment I needed. It was so fun. The (clearly) unreliable narrator kept me off balance, I never knew whose reality to believe. LOVED that.

    I loved the setting. It was so perfect for the story.

    There were times when I found the order/ writing style confusing. But not horribly.

    There were a few “coincidences” that were a bit much, but it didn’t ruin the story for me.

    I highly recommend this for anyone who loves true psychological thrillers.

  • BookGypsy

    This was a mental twister! I found it a little confusing at times and I had to stop and really think about some parts of it which makes this brilliant. You won't know which way it's going. A whirl wind of complexities.

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  • Diane S ☔

    3.5 A mental institution, journals and a reclusive author, sound intriguing, and this was, had atmosphere in spades. Raced through the first two thirds of the book, another one of those where you ask yourself, who to believe, what exactly is going on? Who is trust worthy, telling the truth? Where was this going?

    As many thrillers as I read, it was bound to happen that I read two in a row that I could compare and contrast. That had some elements that were the same, but also many that were differe

    3.5 A mental institution, journals and a reclusive author, sound intriguing, and this was, had atmosphere in spades. Raced through the first two thirds of the book, another one of those where you ask yourself, who to believe, what exactly is going on? Who is trust worthy, telling the truth? Where was this going?

    As many thrillers as I read, it was bound to happen that I read two in a row that I could compare and contrast. That had some elements that were the same, but also many that were different of course. Still, an interesting mind game for me. Anyway, this was winning in the atmosphere, suspense game, both made my head spin. Then, however, came the ending, where this one lost a little ground. It was thrilling for sure, but it was rushed, and after that provocative beginning, this was jarring. Stood out like a sore thumb. I was clueless for one big revelation, one I particularly liked, but others had me shaking my head. Wondering how this exactly came together, just didn't quite make sense.

    So this was good, could have been better, so let's just say, I loved the journey, more than the getting there. Still well worth a read for thrill readers, there is still much to like here.

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    ARC from Edelweiss.

  • Mary  Carrasco

    Daphne, a new mother, suffers from postpartum depression. She develops a friendship with Laurel, also a new mom, and soon their lives become irrevocably entwined.

    This is a story of madness, mistakes and ultimately redemption. Carol Goodman draws a fine line between reality and delusion and throughout the book I wasn't quite sure which side of that line the characters stood. It is a unique, complex plot. I felt that while all the pieces came together in the end, it seemed slightly contrived. That

    Daphne, a new mother, suffers from postpartum depression. She develops a friendship with Laurel, also a new mom, and soon their lives become irrevocably entwined.

    This is a story of madness, mistakes and ultimately redemption. Carol Goodman draws a fine line between reality and delusion and throughout the book I wasn't quite sure which side of that line the characters stood. It is a unique, complex plot. I felt that while all the pieces came together in the end, it seemed slightly contrived. That was a bit of a let down.

    I won The Other Mother in a giveaway. I would rate it at 3.25 stars.

  • TL

    I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own.

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    I give the author points for creating a complex plot and confusing the heck out of me at times. More than a few instances had me going "What the hell?" "Is she... isn't she?"

    In general I didn't see some of the twists/surprises coming, but I did have thoughts now and then of "Wouldn't it be neat if

    happened?" or "Hmm.. if it turns out this way.." A couple times I did guess right so that

    I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own.

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    I give the author points for creating a complex plot and confusing the heck out of me at times. More than a few instances had me going "What the hell?" "Is she... isn't she?"

    In general I didn't see some of the twists/surprises coming, but I did have thoughts now and then of "Wouldn't it be neat if

    happened?" or "Hmm.. if it turns out this way.." A couple times I did guess right so that was fun.

    This didn't grab me like another thriller I won off Goodreads last year but it intrigued me enough that I was curious how it would turn out. The suspense gets amped up sometime after

    but nothing that had me scrambling to finish it as soon as possible.

    The ending after everything that had gone on was a bit of a letdown... it felt unfinished and abrupt. It did fix one final question but it felt like we were left dangling in a way too.

    Writing: 4 stars

    Characters and plot 3 stars (minus .5 for the ending)

    3.25-3.5 stars overall

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