The Other Mother By J A Baker

Thank you to Sarah Hardy for inviting me on the blog blitz for The Other Mother By JA Baker published by Bloodhound Books

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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...

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...

My Thoughts

I am loving the new covers that Bloodhound are bringing out with their new releases. I just want to go find out what the girl is thinking about, or needing help with. 

Having devoured Judith's last two books I was excited to see she had a new psychological thriller coming out. 

Baker sets the scene in a subtle way. Taking us through the eyes of the three protagonists and how their lives were, and are now. 

I did find it took me a few chapters to settle in, as we hear from Child A, Child B and the women they are now, the chapters are given to us in headers, and easy to keep track. It did take me until 30% to really get comfortable with the storylines, although I was engrossed in the setting up of plots. 

I have mentioned before that I do love an unreliable narrator, so I was delighted to find that I was thrown with my opinions throughout this read. 

The points of view from the protagonists were easy to identify and I found them interesting on their own as well as how they interacted with each other, when the time came how they related to each other. 

Baker lulls you in to an intriguing start, then slowly, slowly lays the tracks...then like a scratch you can't itch, you find the characters have got under your skin and you are involved with the who, what and how...Baker, clearly knows how to cast a line and then it hooks  you in. gathering momentum  nearer the finishing line you get. 

A psychological thriller that when you finish you realise what a clever, clever read it is. Full of twists, suspense and intrigue, just the ingredients you need in a gripping psychological thriller. 

Author Information

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.

J. 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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