A Good Enough Mother
A literary psychological suspense thriller for fans of Apple Tree Yard, this novel promises to be as big as Lullaby
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The most dangerous lies are the ones we tell ourselves…
‘Excellent . . . A gripping debut.’ Sunday Times
‘Taut, absorbing and psychologically astute.’ Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train
Dr Ruth Hartland is the director of a highly respected trauma therapy unit. She is confident, capable and excellent at her job. But she is finding it hard to maintain.
Increasingly preoccupied by her son Tom’s disappearance, Ruth is shaken when a new patient arrives at the unit – a young man who looks shockingly like him.
As a therapist, she knows exactly what she should do. But as a mother she makes a very different choice – a decision that will have profound consequences.
What readers are saying:
‘The psychological pull of this novel was so intense, I flew through it in no time at all.’
‘A heart-stopping mother’s story of love and loss, and a riveting drama that lets us inside the secret world of therapist and patient.’
‘A beautifully crafted book with a compelling and emotionally consuming narrative.’
‘Brilliantly compassionate and satisfying read. Good to the last page.’
Taut, absorbing and psychologically astute, in A Good Enough Mother Bev Thomas combines all the tension of a thriller with the emotional resonance of a powerful family drama.
A Good Enough Mother packs an emotional punch and is a gripping, original read. It is a novel full of loss and longing and the complexities of human relationships.
A Good Enough Mother doesn't read like a debut. It is a thoughtful, character-driven novel about guilt and motherhood that perturbed me long after I'd put it down. Assured, intelligent and beautifully written, I found it resonant and relevant.
Bev Thomas is a clinical psychologist with 25 years’ experience, which is excellent news for readers of this taut debut thriller, peopled as it is with characters unusually alive in their psychological complexities . . . it’s a gripping debut that makes you wish more clinical psychologists would become novelists.
An intelligent novel on the dilemmas of the therapist-client relationship and good parenting.
The most alarmingly successful element of the story is a glimpse of the chaos that might lie behind the studied neutrality on the face of a therapist.
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