BLOG TOUR: Mother by Laura Jarratt

I literally read this within a weekend, as I couldn’t put this book down if I tried. It’s gripping, haunting, and focuses on some fascinating themes of motherhood, instinct and forgiveness.

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?

From the beginning, I was totally engrossed in this book. It’s tense and atmospheric right from the start, with a stormy night and a car journey that feels doomed from the start. When the crash happens, I already knew this was going to be a book I couldn’t put down. There’s a sense of mystery about the crash from the start, but the focus is on Lizzie and the hauntingly terrible decision she is forced to make. Her mother’s instinct to protect connects so deeply with the reader, and it’s hard to watch her desperation rise.

After the crash, the consequences of Lizzie’s decision become clear, but Jarratt’s writing is genius here as she doesn’t rush anything at all. The reader is forced to wait and take their time when reading, which makes it all the more impactful as we start to connect with Lizzie even more. Once the truth is revealed, there is real pain coming off the pages, which is credit to the brilliant writing.

Something I particularly enjoyed about this book is that there are more layers to this than you might expect. I thought I knew what had happened, but Jarratt dives much deeper into motherhood and family. This is a sensitive yet emotive book, with topics I wasn’t expecting. The ending then builds so well, and although I was starting to suspect part of what was coming, I had no idea regarding the motivations behind it, so it was an excellently written reveal. This is when Jarratt pulls out her final flourish, and brings to the surface themes of forgiveness and redemption, playing out the end so beautifully and sensitively.

This was a brilliant book, creepy and atmospheric at times, and then full of love and grief all at once during other moments. It’s incredibly well-written and I loved it.

Laura Jarratt
Trapeze, 18th Feb 2021

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