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The Other Mother


The Other Mother by J.A. Baker

Three troubled women. One deadly secret.

Lissy and her daughter, Rosie, live a quiet life in Yorkshire, however when events at Rosie’s school come to light, their peaceful existence is shattered

Meanwhile, middle-aged women Erica and Beverley appear to have perfect lives but behind closed doors things are not as they seem.

All three women are tied together by a dark past that goes back to their school days. A child was murdered and one of the women is to blame.

But is the person responsible for the child’s death the same person who was blamed for it all those years ago?

As secrets from their past begin to surface it becomes clear that someone has revenge in their sights…

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Author’s Bio

Born in Middlesbrough too many years ago to mention, J. A. Baker developed a deep appreciation of literature and reading from a young age after being introduced to it by her parents. Weekly visits to the library were the norm and after being handed a collection of Edgar Allen Poe stories by her father, her love for the darker side of fiction slowly grew. She is an avid reader of all books but is drawn in particular, to psychological thrillers.

After many rejections (too many to mention!) her debut novel, Undercurrent, was published by Bloodhound Books in March 2017 and made it into the top 100 Amazon chart in both the UK and Canada. She is currently putting the finishing touches to her third novel and working on her fourth one.

A. Baker has four grown up children and lives in a village on the outskirts of Darlington with her husband Richard, and Theo, their barking mad dog.

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My Review

5 stars

Lissy is a young mother with a past that keeps her moving around a lot. Unfortunately this is starting to affect her daughter Rosie. Rosie is acting out in school with bullying and stealing. Then there is Erica that is having a hard time with her life and Beverly who is breaking down because of guilt. All three women have their own story to tell yet they are connected by events in their past.

I admit that this book is a little tough to get into. You bounce between Child A, Child B, and the three women. At first this was confusing but thankfully the chapters start with a name to help. Once you get into the story, then it starts to fly.

I really liked this story. It drew you in with each woman’s life and a back story of a child that died and one of these women had a hand in it. It’s a great thriller and the clues and hints built upon each other until the moment when the answer if revealed and you have that Ah Ha moment.

If you are looking for a great psychological thriller look no further. This is a great story and a first of J.A. Baker’s stories for me. I can’t wait to get my hands on Undercurrent and Her Dark Retreat.

I received The Other Mother from Bloodhound Books for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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