Mother by Laura Jarrett

I’m thrilled to be reviewing the debut adult novel Mother by Laura Jarrett today as part of the blog tour. Many thanks to Tracy Fenton from Compulsive Tours for the tour invite and review copy of the book.

Two Girls. One Chance.

When Lizzie’s car crashes with her two daughters inside, she faces a terrible choice. And when she recovers from her injuries, she has to deal with the impact of that tragedy as well as the police investigation into it.

As Lizzie and her family struggle to come to terms with the events of that night, things take an even darker turn. Just what did happen on that remote country road? Who is responsible? And can the family get through this together…Or will the truth finally tear them apart?

A stunning, deeply emotional and beautifully realised cross between SOPHIE’S CHOICE and DAUGHTER.

Mother is a beautifully delivered novel that deals with some quite emotional and heartbreaking issues and isn’t the straight forward “what happened” journey that I was expecting. It brought to mind a regular nightmare of mine that I’m sure is shared by many parents and that is what makes this book so relatable especially to the all the parents there! Hands up if any of you have a recurring dreams of being in a somewhat similar situation and having to choose which of children survive and who you have to let go…

There was still a mystery behind what actually happens on the night where everything changes for Lizzie and her family. I liked how this was slowly revealed to both the reader and Lizzie as it kept the element of surprise there with some unexpected twists and turns. I was able to understand the developments due to the way in which Laura Jarrett had beautifully crafted her characters, bringing them to life so that their decisions and emotions made perfect sense. I was also able to empathise with Lizzie and the horrific choice that she had to not only make in the first place, but then to live with the consequences of that decision.

This isn’t an action packed, fast paced thriller but instead is an emotionally charged, cleverly executed slow burner that concentrates on what happens to families following traumatic events. The fallout is long lasting and spreads much further than anyone who hasn’t faced such devastation realises. I loved how the author built upon this and her stunning prose has made me very excited for future novels she may write.

Beautifully written and carefully crafted, Mother is a stunning read. Definitely recommend this one!

Laura Jarratt is a Carnegie Medal and Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize nominated author. She lives in rural Cheshire with her husband and their two children. She is a Headteacher at a special needs school and has written four YA books to date. MOTHER is her debut adult novel.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.