Mother Knows Best: A riveting thriller novella Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00PA0EF06
- Publisher : Junction Publishing (November 5, 2014)
- Publication date : November 5, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 2725 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 81 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #251,148 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It didn't deliver. Very abrupt, a bit disjointed, and just under developed.
Maybe if it weren't compressed into a novella, the story could have been told better. I dunno.
All I can say is, don't spend money on it. If you want it, get it as a freebie. Trust me.
Top reviews from other countries
“Sorry to be a pest, but Mother knows best.”
Ruby has been dumped by her boyfriend and after getting to know Cody Strong at the local gym decides to accept his offer of a date. He is good-looking and charming so what could possibly go wrong? Ruby knows her mother won’t see it that way so she leaves having only confided in her younger sister.
All goes well on the date, Cody is the perfect gentleman but when they come to leave when Cody is set upon by a burly stranger. Not the greatest ending to a lovely night out but they get into Cody’s car to go home and despite his injuries Cody manfully drives away.
Now I’m not going to lie, given that this is a short story, combined with that title and superbly creepy cover we all know that Ruby has made a mistake by not answering her mother’s texts while she is making eyes at Cody over the table, having deduced that her sister has cracked under the maternal pressure. Worse still she has shoved her phone into her bag giving her only the barest of details as to where she is before the violent confrontation. You don’t need to be a mother to know that this is not the wisest choice of Ruby’s life. But, and this is the real beauty of this book, things don’t go in quite the same direction as I expected…
Considering this is a novella the characters are amazingly well drawn particularly Kyle, Cody’s younger brother who really does stand out from the page and with the author having the confidence to allow the reader to read between the lines the build-up is full of tension.
It is a talented writer who manages to make you thing and then surprise you with something unexpected, and although I haven’t read any of Netta Newbound’s full length novels I have read some fantastic reviews of her work. Now I’ve read this example and been so impressed, despite really preferring the novel as a format, I will be selecting another from her back catalogue without delay.
"Sorry to be a pest, but Mother knows best."
Twenty-two-year-old Ruby considers her over-protective mother, a pain in the neck. She's had enough of her constant nagging and obsessions about her daughters' safety. So, despite her mother's warnings Ruby goes out with a charming young lad she barely knows. Cody is very handsome and gentle, a dream come true, but as they say 'Beauty is only skin deep'. Ruby is simply too young and naive to realise this, and when she does, it's way too late... Soon she finds herself in the very same situation her mother had professed would happen...
The characters in this novella are all realistic. I especially liked Ruby's mother, Sharon. She's a strong, persistent woman. I hated Cody from the first time he's mentioned.
It took me just minutes to devour this book as it's very gripping and tense. I wanted to know what will happen next, how things would turn out and so before I knew it, I've read it all. That I guess is one downside of short stories. The writing is excellent and smooth, however I thought the ending was a bit too hurried and could have been developed a little bit more.
Other than that I really liked this novella. It's brilliant and it made me want to read the author's full length novels.
Having an over protective mother myself I can totally relate to Ruby in the story but what's more frustrating is that in this instance her mother really does know best!
I really would not recommend reading this on a night if your not going to be able to finish it before you go to sleep.
Mother Knows Best is only a short novella but I started reading it last night and got to 50% which is actually further into the story than half way as it does finish at 85% then you get an introduction to the authors latest novel An Impossible Dilemma, which by the way is an amazing book.
As soon as you begin to read this book you just know what is going to happen and it really makes for an uncomfortable but compelling ride. I had to stop myself from shouting at my kindle trying to warn Ruby away from the danger that she was willingly walking into.
The story did not quite go how I expected it to though which made it even more exciting, the only thing I would say though is that the ending did feel slightly rushed which is a shame as overall it is a brilliant read.
The characters were certainly very interesting. Cody I disliked pretty much straight away, yet maybe more worryingly I did feel sorry for his dad Steve to start with. I really liked Kyle, Cody's brother, he is certainly not what I was expecting and certainly made the story more appealing.
If you haven't read any of this authors books I really can't recommend highly enough that you do. She is pretty much the female version of Stephen King. Her books are really gripping reads that have you on the edge of your seat, she also manages to throw twists in there that you just don't expect which makes them even more thrilling. Another great read.
Mother Knows Best really hit home, it's every mother's nightmare to wake up one morning to find her daughter missing, no matter what age. Ruby is 22 and recently left home, after being dumped by her boyfriend she decides to go out with Cody, a man she met at her local gym. All is going well until at the end of their date, Cody gets in a tussle with a heavy-set stranger...
You'll just have to grab your own copy of this fab novella to find out what happens next and why Ruby has her mother's warning ringing in her ears. :-)