The Mothers – Sarah J. Naughton

Five Women.
They meet at their NCT Group. The only thing they have in common is they’re all pregnant.

Five Secrets.
Three years later, they are all good friends. Aren’t they?

One Missing Husband.
Now the police have come knocking. Someone knows something.

And the trouble with secrets is that someone always tells.

Book Info: Print length: 264 pages. Publisher: Trapeze. Publication date: 9 Jan 2020

Sarah Naughton’s debut novel, The Hanged Man Rises, was shortlisted for the Costa children’s award. It was followed by a second young adult thriller, The Blood List. Her psychological thrillers for adults, Tattletale, The Other Couple and The Mothers (Orion) are Amazon bestsellers. The Festival is out now. Sarah lives in London with her husband and sons.

My Review:

The Mothers is a standalone psychological thriller and I can honestly say I bloody LOVED it and couldn’t put it down.

Five very different women met at an ante-natal group three years ago and continue to meet up regularly despite their differences and diverse personalities. In fact, the only thing they have in common is that they were all pregnant at the same time.

When one of the women, Bella, reports her husband Ewan missing to the police, the story then takes on a dual timeline with the current police investigation and the past leading up to Ewan’s disappearance.

Initially I get concerned with books that have multiple characters but honestly, these five women are brilliant, each one dealing with their own dark past and current predicaments bringing an extra layer of depth to the storyline. These are mothers with real issues which you can’t help relate to or sympathise with.

With so many characters there are going to be some you love, some you hate and some that really move you and I was absolutely gripped by all of them from the opening paragraph to the end.

The Mothers is a thrilling rollercoaster of emotions, twists, secrets and shocking betrayals. A story of friendship and loyalty which I thoroughly recommend to all lovers of psychological thrillers.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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