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What a Mother Knows by [Lehr, Leslie]
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Michelle Mason wakes up from an 18-month coma to a lawsuit holding her responsible for the death of Noah Butler, a promising young rock star. More disturbingly, nobody will tell her where her teenage daughter, Nikki, is. As she struggles to recover physically—her arm is virtually useless, never mind the Hollywood power-broker look she used to rock—she follows tenuous clues to Nikki, who may have had more of a connection to Noah than Michelle remembers. Michelle’s distance from her husband and son, her contentious relationship with her depressed mother, and her, frankly, bitchy friends inspire sympathy, especially since she is repeatedly stonewalled for information on Nikki. Why isn’t her husband looking for their daughter? Why did he pack up her room, including a memory card that might be the key to the accident? Why was Noah in the car with Michelle on the rainy night of the car accident? Here the elements of Hollywood moviemaking and tabloid hedonism blend nicely with the desperate franticness of, say, S. J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep (2011). --Susan Maguire

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"The elements of Hollywood moviemaking and tabloid hedonism blend nicely with the desperate franticness of, say, S. J. Watson's Before I Go to Sleep" - Booklist

"Poignantly written with a mystery at its center, Lehr's latest explores the lengths a mother will go for her child. ... a worthwhile read." - RT Book Reviews

""Almost impossible to put down. ... What a Mother Knows is an intense and emotional rollercoaster ride." - Long and Short Reviews" - Long and Short Reviews

"The story of the strong and unwavering bond between a mother and her child, What a Mother Knows is the perfect novel to give to mom." - SheKnows

"A strong suspenser" - The Toronto Star

Product Details

  • File Size: 1593 KB
  • Print Length: 379 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (May 7, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 7, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B2AO76U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,644 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Denise Crawford TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
The premise was good -- woman wakes from year-long coma after an automobile accident. She can't remember anything. She goes home and finds out that everything has changed AND her daughter is missing.

Unfortunately, the unlikeable characters, unbelievable scenarios and ludicrous dialogue made this novel less than a winner for me. The notion that a woman who'd had that severe of a brain injury - and has no use of one arm - could come home and immediately start running all around the country (in designer heels, no less) searching for a missing teenager was preposterous. I didn't like this mom, Michelle, and the rest of the characters were straight out of central casting as they portrayed their roles in this melodrama. Frankly, I didn't care if Michelle ever found her daughter, Nikki, and the climax of the story filling in the missing pieces was quite a letdown and really made no sense.

So, give this one a pass. It is definitely NOT comparable to "Before I Go To Sleep" or many of the other novels out there that deal with comas, head injuries, resultant memory loss, and missing persons searches.

Ebook from NetGalley.
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After months in the hospital following a horrendous car accident, Michelle Mason is finally able to come home. The trouble is, nothing is as how she remembered it. And is that due to her faulty memory or is there something else at work? When Michelle discovers that one of the things missing is her daughter, all hell breaks loose. There isn't anything she wouldn't do for her girl.

The struggles that Michelle endures throughout the course of this novel almost ripped my heart out. She's made to feel feeble, inferior, and pretty much made to believe she's losing her mind. But she knows better. She knows her daughter like no one else and knows she wouldn't up and disappear without a darn good reason. I have to hope that I'd be as dedicated, determined and ballsy as Michelle was if anything ever happened to either of my girls. I'd love to have her on my side, penchant for recklessness aside.

About a third of the way into this book, I began to realize that this might be my first interaction with an unreliable narrator. For me, I usually go in knowing the narrator is a crackpot or just a liar, but in this case, you really don't know for sure. Michelle has had a serious brain trauma and, although she's beginning to remember bits and pieces, you're never really sure what's real and what might be imagined. That bit of doubt made the story, for me, that much more enjoyable. That absolute need to find out what happened intensified and made it almost impossible to put down.

What a Mother Knows is an intense and emotional rollercoaster ride. Never knowing where Michelle's instincts might take her next, you're brought along to find out when she does.
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This story was compelling enough that I kept on reading, even as I judged it to be mediocre. I would have rated it as a 3 for most of the story. However there is something wonderful that happens when a long, unlikely story winds up with a perfect ending. It totally changes the reader's whole perception of the entire book. I found much of the book to be tedious and contrived. From the very beginning of the book, the story relentlessly marches forward toward a trial. Once the trial finally began, for the first time the story really reeled me in. The final chapter nailed it for me. Yep, that final chapter was perfect. Last chapter warrants a 5 star rating and raised the book to a 4. Much to my surprise, I recommend this book! (But you might wonder why until you get to the end!)
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After reading the reviews, I thought this was going to be a suspenseful novel with unexpected twists. Instead, I found it to be very predictable. It begins with Michelle, a forty-something woman who has survived a horrific car accident. Her memory is full of holes and she's being sued over the death of a promising young musician who was in the car with her.

SPOILER ALERT

Oh, come on. Once it's clear that Nikki is missing rather than going to school in Australia, it's a short jump to conclude that she ran away. When Michelle remembered catching her having sex with Noah, I immediately thought that she ran because she's pregnant. Ding, ding ding. Drew, her husband, seems to have been forgotten about. The other women were so rotten and nasty that I found it difficult to find them believable. And The Doors lyrics? What was that about? It was building toward a conclusion that was never reached. By the way, it's "forbidden from" not "forbidden to".
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I enjoyed this novel for the plot, but I felt that the pacing or the writing was off in places. That said, for me, sometimes all I want is a book that will just carry me away to a different place, and I definitely got this from this book. In the suspense genre, that's what is expected -- a great plot with some twists and turns.

Michelle Mason is returning home after two years. She's been in a medically induced coma and then in rehab recovering from her numerous injuries. Because everyone thought she needed to stay calm and not worry, they've kept secrets from her -- secrets about her daughter, who she thinks is being an exchange student in Australia, but is really missing; secrets about the accident, in which a passenger was killed; secrets about her husband, who has been working on the other side of the country.

Michelle is ready to go home, and her past success as a Hollywood exec means that she's not going quietly. She refuses to accept the vague answers that she's getting and the insistence from her disconnected husband and her overbearing (and mostly unhelpful) mother that she just rest. She takes on the law suit head on, even though with her traumatic brain injury she doesn't remember everything. But as her memory comes back in bits and pieces, the reader is forced to reevaluate her true involvement in the wreck, which really made the story pop.

The ending was tied up nicely, ending with a bit of emotional relief after the intensity of the previous pages.

NOTE ON THE COVER: I don't like covers that are misleading. This cover features what looks like an 8-year-old girl, when this mother has two teenagers. It's also quite happy and springy for such a fast-paced and sometimes-dark read.
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