- File Size: 2751 KB
- Print Length: 538 pages
- Publisher: Glass Apple Press; 1 edition (April 9, 2016)
- Publication Date: April 9, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01E1X1U6Y
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,276 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
The words sociopath, narcissist and even monster fail to adequately describe Prissy Martin, the ‘Mother’ of the title. She is one evil package of destructive, controlling, self-serving and remorseless desires who will let no one get in her way. Indeed, this monster’s tentacles reach far and wide.....
It is into this that Claire, her estranged daughter, pregnant with her first child, reluctantly returns, accompanied by her husband Jason, the couple having fallen on hard times. Surely Mother is not as bad as Claire’s memories indicate? Indeed, at first Prissy appears to do all she can to make them feel welcome, but it is not long before they too become prey to her nefarious designs and her need to control all around her. Their marriage, health and Claire’s sanity is soon under threat as Mother reverts to form.
Mother has her own special plans (exactly what we are not made privy to until the novel reaches its conclusion) and will not be thwarted….. Family secrets, lies and the past intertwine to create a read where, with each turn of the page, my heart beat ever faster as the evil intent reveals itself as we approach the novel’s shocking denouement. Madness threatens to consume Claire and her mother Prissy and it is uncertain who will be the victor.
The novel contains some truly superb characterisations, not just Prissy herself but also the unfortunate Claire, the unsuspecting Jason, Barb, Prissy’s long-suffering neighbour and friend and Fathers Pike and Flanagan, the current and former local priests. The residents of Morning Glory Circle each have their own secrets and there are many surprises in store as they are slowly revealed.
I was open mouthed as the plot unfolded. This deeply psychological novel contains truly appalling revelations, and is certainly not for the faint of heart. If you are looking for an unforgettable and heart stopping read that explores the depths of human depravity then this is the book for you. An unforgettable read by a writing duo that are at he top of their game. Please note, a copy of this book was given to me for the purpose of a fair and honest review.
The story, in a nutshell, is that Prissy Martin is a martinet (see what I did there?), ruling her cul-de-sac ("not "the sac") with an iron fist. She clearly considers herself queen of the neighborhood and her parish, and owner of her family members. Her eldest child, Timothy suffered the most from that obsession. Younger child Claire has had a setback (a very reasonable one - sometimes these contrivances to get a character into a bad place are awfully ham-handed) and she and her husband have to move to Mother's garage apartment in Snapdragon, CA. Claire is pregnant and has no interest in being in her mother's presence for longer than necessary. Prissy has other ideas; bad ones. She always has...
This book reminded me a bit of Die! Die! My Darling! (Tallulah Bankhead's last film) with its 70's noir vibe. Young woman in peril, crazy older woman, male love interest being smoke-screened by the harridan. Only in Mother, Claire is also being gas-lighted and made to appear out of touch with reality.
Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross have found complementary wordsmiths in each other. You can always count on them for a good story, artfully told. They should be in hard-back if there were any justice :)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Thorne and Cross did a fantastic job building suspense and agitation as the story unfolds. The story provides snapshots of different characters and makes you second guess opinions. What I enjoyed most is how among the horror and suspense, Thorne and Cross satirize human relationships and envy. It was a clever way to further the idea of not truly knowing who are neighbors/friends are. The ending was quite different than I imagined, but entirely justified and honest once revelations are made. It really ended with a bang!
Mother is not a gory horror story and toys more with the mind. There are some disturbing scenes and flashbacks. This was a wonderful story with a driven plot and interesting characters. Don’t be afraid…read Mother.
I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good characters and terrific story.