An atmospheric and harrowing tale, richly literary in complexity but ripe with all the crazed undertones, confusions, and forebodings inherent in the gothic genre. Recommend this riveting, du Maurierlike novel to fans of Jennifer McMahon. Booklist (starred review)From the author of the internationally bestselling The Lake of Dead Languages comes a gripping novel about madness, motherhood, love, and trust.When Daphne Marist and her infant daughter, Chloe, pull up the gravel drive to the home of Daphnes new employer, it feels like theyve 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 shes on the run from a controlling husband who has threatened to take her daughter away.Daphnes 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 shes plagued by dark moods and intrusive thoughts that convince her shes capable of harming her own daughter. When Daphne is diagnosed with Post Partum Mood Disorder, her downward spiral feels unstoppableuntil she meets Laurel Hobbes.Laurel, who also has a daughter named Chloe, is everything Daphne isnt: charismatic, sophisticated, fearless. They immediately form an intense friendship, revealing secrets to one another they thought theyd 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 priceone that will ultimately lead her to that towering mansion in the Catskills where terrifying, long-hidden truths will finally be revealed.......
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The Other Mother Reviews
3.5 A mental institution, journals and a reclusive author, sound intriguing, and this was, had atmosphere in spades. Raced through the first two thirds of the book, another one of those where you ask yourself, who to believe, what exactly is going on? Who is trust worthy, telling the truth? Where was this going?
As many thrillers as I read, it was bound to happen that I read two in a row that I could compare and contrast. That had some elements that were the same, but also many that were differe ...more
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 ...more
Man this was a confusing read but I truly mean that as a compliment, I enjoyed every single page of this compulsive read! The confusion was the interesting kind, you know when you’re reading a book and you know the narrator isn’t reliable? It was that type of read, you’re endlessly questioning the characters, their motivations and their integrity.
Let me elaborate more on the confusion for you guys, this is told mainly from Daphne’s point of view both in a straightforward narrative in the present ...more
4.5 stars! This was one crazy, twisty, confusing, wild ride! Wow – was it ever fun!
I was highly intrigued from the start – the characters were fantastic, the atmosphere was vivid and captivating, the plot was engrossing, unpredictable and addictive. This story had me glued to the pages, scratching my head in confusion (in a good way!) at the turn of each chapter. The journal entries were brilliant! The narration was outstanding! My brain was working double-time to try keep up with this clever an ...more
“The Other Mother”
Written by Carol Goodman
I opened up “The Other Mother” during a sick day, gross with the stomach flu. At first, I thought I was really confused by the premise, because my head was foggy from fever, from chills, from the flu. After I became better, I still am not entirely sure what I read.
I am a fan of the book you don’t understand until the final twist, the book you have to read three times in a row to understand. This is reminiscent of “Shutter Island”, “A Cure for Wellness”, ...more
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This was my introduction to Carol Goodman, and I had heard great things about her writing. THE OTHER MOTHER did not disappoint. This had a great pacing to it and kept me engaged throughout the read. We dive into some mental illness and obsession.
Daphne and her infant daughter, Chloe, arrive at the home of her new employer. The home is hidden in the Catskills and the mansion looks idyll ...more
This was a mental twister! I found it a little confusing at times and I had to stop and really think about some parts of it which makes this brilliant. You won't know which way it's going. A whirl wind of complexities.
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Carol Goodman's special talent is creating mysteries within mysteries that incorporate emotional and physical isolation, Gothic storylines and settings, folkloric elements, and elaborate schemes that cause women protagonists to doubt the very planet they stand on. In The Other Mother, Goodman adds the very frightening and tragic element of Postpartum Depression, and almost-doppelganger-like mirror characters. Both recently had little girls, and both have troubled pasts. Add an author who lives i ...more