The Other Mother

The Other Mother

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"When Daphne Marist and her infant daughter, Chloe, pull up the gravel drive to the home of Daphne's new employer, it feels like they've entered a whole new world. Tucked in the Catskills, the stone mansion looks like something out of a fairy tale, its lush landscaping hiding the view of the mental asylum just beyond its border. Daphne secured the live-in position using an assumed name and fake credentials, telling no one that she's on the run from a controlling husband who has threatened to take her daughter away. Daphne's new life is a far cry from the one she had in Westchester where, just months before, she and her husband welcomed little Chloe. From the start, Daphne tries to be a good mother, but she's plagued by dark moods and intrusive thoughts that convince her she's capable of harming her own daughter. When Daphne is diagnosed with post-partum mood disorder, her downward spiral feels unstoppable--until she meets Laurel Hobbes. Laurel, who also has a daughter named Chloe, is everything Daphne isn't: charismatic, sophisticated, fearless. They immediately form an intense friendship, revealing secrets to one another they thought they'd never share. Soon, they start to look alike, dress alike, and talk alike, their lives mirroring one another in strange and disturbing ways. But Daphne realizes only too late that being friends with Laurel will come at a very shocking price--one that will ultimately lead her to that towering mansion in the Catskills where terrifying, long-hidden truths will finally be revealed..."--
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow,, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062819833
Branch Call Number: FICTION GOO
Characteristics: 324 pages, excerpt 16 pages ; 24 cm


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Jun 18, 2019

2018; William Morrow Paperbacks/HarperCollins Canada
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This is my second book by Carol Goodman, and she is officially on my must read list. I enjoy the psychological/domestic suspense in a character driven plot. Even when you start to unravel the mystery, you continue to race through the book to see how it all comes together. There were moments in this novel where I wasn't buying some of the things going on, but Goodman kept you caring about the characters and plot. While I have not had a child or suffered postpartum depression, Goodman seems to paint a realistic portrait though of course with some added drama. This novel read a bit like a gothic drama - like Rebecca - which kept the suspense heightened. I really enjoyed listening to this one on audio.

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

Jun 09, 2018

This book was a very quick read, but it became a little bit convoluted with multiple plot lines and stretched connections between characters. Although slow at the beginning, the book caught a bit more of my attention about a quarter of the way in and was generally enjoyable to read. Fans of the movies Shutter Island and A Cure for Wellness will enjoy this one.

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