This was a difficult book for me to review and I have struggled with the best way to present it without giving spoilers, but here is what I came up with.
Sometimes publishers will send me non-requested books that they think might interest me. Whilst psychological thrillers are not one of my go-to genres to read, if one catches my eye (like this one did), I'll read it. For the most part I find that often this genre, unless written outstandingly, is often better pursued in a more visual format such as TV, and I feel that this may have been the case with The Other Mother.
The idea is quite fascinating, especially when you consider that although not based on a true story, the syndrome it deals with is real, and often not openly discussed in society. As a mother who they expected to have post-natal depression due to pregnancy complications, I definitely felt that a lot of the comments and discussion in the book were very relatable to me.
The story is told in 3 parts, all of which link together quite successfully, but you do need to pay attention to who is "speaking". The journal entries were a nice touch, but could sneak up on you if you weren't paying strict attention, and that could lead to confusion as the story perspective and journal entries were not always synced, and often they provided flashback details.
Overall it is very difficult to say whether I enjoyed the book. The writing and idea was definitely compelling enough to keep me turning the pages to the end, but it definitely wasn't read in one sitting, which is unusual for me, and I was definitely more invested in finding out what had actually happened by a certain point versus a true connection to the characters that I was reading about despite, as previously mentioned, the comments and discussion being relatable.
I eventually decided to give this 3 stars, but I feel that my written review definitely provides a better .persepctive for judgment as opposed to just the star rating.
I am very interested in hearing thoughts from others about this, which is why I decided to do the giveaway, so that at least one Muser will be able to give me some feedback!
Details on the giveaway below!
GIVEAWAY (Plus rules and disclaimers)!
As stated in the title, there is also a Giveaway! As discussed during Sunday's Facebook Live - I am giving away my copy that I had for review.
To enter all you have to do is leave a comment ON THIS BLOG POST letting me know you would like to win it. Other comments are also welcome but please state if you want to be in the giveaway - regular comments without this in them will be viewed as non-entries.
1 Winner will be selected at random from the comments entering on Monday July 20th and posted here on the blog post. Winner will have 24 hours from the time I post to claim their prize or it will be considered forfeit.
Prize provided and shipped out by me. This is open internationally with the understanding that due to Covid there may be a delay on shipping depending on the regulations in place for the winners address. Void where prohibited. Sharing is always appreciated but is in no way required.
The books that started my obsession - House of Comarré series by Kristen Painter are just $1.99 each for a limited time!
So I was randomly stalking around on Amazon (Don't judge me - I can LITERALLY call this work lol) and I noticed that the series that introduced me to Kristen Painter's AMAZING writing has the House of Comarré eBooks ON SALE for just $1.99 each! NO idea how long this will last. This promotion is being done through Orbit /Hachette (who was the publisher for this series) - But if you HAVEN'T read them - now is the perfect time!
Checking reveals they are $1.99 on Barnes and Noble Nook Too - and mostly everywhere you can get eBooks. Links to Amazon and Barnes and Noble Below!
Still not convinced? Check out my review below for book 1 written in 2012!
Blood Rights by Kristen Painter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Firstly let me say ... WOW what an awesome cover!!!! I will admit it. The cover drew me in but once inside what a tale this book had to tell!! Even though I loved the cover I will confess to being dubious about starting yet another vampire based story with so many being available at the moment but I couldn't resist and I am so glad I didn't.
Kristen Painter brings a completely unique perspective and tells a story that hooked me from beginning to end. A whole new world that I dove into and didn't want to leave. I raced through the pages lost in a tale that ended too soon ... the only blessing? I had book 2 right there ready to begin.
I would say this was my top find series of 2012. I have recommended it to everyone I know and would suggest anyone looking for something paranormal to read hurry to add this to their collection.
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