A gripping psychological family drama
by Amanda James
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Pub Date 10 Apr 2018 | Archive Date 10 Apr 2018
For years, Lu has secretly dreamt of finding her birth mother. But her confidence suffers as a result of childhood bullying, and she’s been afraid to make the leap. Then, a tragic accident changes her life forever, and sets her on a mission to get in contact and find out the reasons behind her adoption.When she tracks down her mother in Cornwall, on the English coast, there is an emotional reunion and the pair begins to form a relationship. But is everything as wonderful as it appears—or has Lu walked into a nightmare?
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It started out a little slow but then .... whoa! Could not put it down. Great psychological thriller! #AnotherMother #AmandaJames
Thank you #BloodhoundBooks and #NetGalley for the advanced copy.
Another Mother is a dark and brooding read of which the tension and suspense builds throughout.
Even though set in a wonderful picturesque part of the world, it was difficult at times to appreciate the idyllic setting as the readers thoughts are very much with Lu and her birth mother. What should be a wonderful reunion seemed to be turning sour.
To start with it was lovely to see the pair reunited. The more we get to know Lu’s mother though the uncertainty started to creep in. Things certainly don’t seem to be straight forward and I couldn’t wait to read more to see how things were going to unfold.
Another Mother is certainly a story that draws the reader in and keeps them engrossed until the very last page. Definitely one for lovers who likes there books full of suspense.
This is told mostly from Lu’s point of view.
We are led slowly in to the story, but I found this a strength as the author slowly drip fed the feeling of suspense to the reader. Even though I knew I was reading a suspenseful crime story, the set up was clever.
This is a journey for the reader through Lu’s character and the setting was idyllic and I really got a sense of place, and was reminded of holiday’s that I took in Cornwall as a child.
Rosie was a refreshing addition to the cast of characters, and I really liked her.
A sense of foreboding is under current in this read and you get an unsettling mood to Another Mother, it pulls at your heart strings in more than one situation.
A psyschological thriller very much steeped in layers. Highly recommend.
solid 4 star read.
A wonderfully intriguing story of two women who feel out of sorts with their lives. Problem is, one is a stone cold killer and the other is the pawn in her ongoing vengeance against those she feels have slighted her along the way. Lu grieves the sudden loss of her adoptive mother on the same day she finally started making a stance for herself. Set on finding her birth mother in the aftermath of her grief, Lu is overly forgiving of the many oddities Mellyn brings to the table. Torn between wanting to help her birth mother and growing concern over Mellyn's increasingly unusual behavior, Lu hesitates to fully confide in her new friends and caring neighbor from back home. But when things turn deadly, Lu finds a safety net stronger than she could have imagined to help her make it through the minefield that she believes her birth mother to be.
Lucinda discovered at the age of 7 that she was adopted, being adopted has always played a significant role in her life. When her adoptive mother is killed in an accident, she decides the time is right to find her birth mother.
Lucinda discovers her birth mother resides in Cornwall and sets out to meet her. She wants to find out the reasons behind her adoption and hopefully form a relationship. As things develop between the two women, Lucinda is not sure that the reunion is turning out as she had anticipated.
An interesting thriller with several twists and an unexpected ending which was quick and easy to read.
Another Mother by Amanda James is a good psychological thriller that starts off a little slowly but then gradually builds up to a shocking climax that takes your breath away.Lu is adopted and when her mum dies in a tragic accident she sets out to track down her birth mother,Mellyn enters Lu's life and both are overjoyed to have been reunited although Lu has her reservations mainly due to Mellyns bizarre outbursts and confessions from her past.Despite her doubts Lu moves down to Cornwall to be with Mellyn but then everything starts to go wrong and Lu is thrown into a nightmare.This is again another great book from Amanda James and is an excellent 4 star read.
Wow. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Thank you to Net Galley and Bloodhound books for the opportunity to read it. This story totally gripped me so much so , I could hardly put it down and when I did I kept thinking what will happen next. I need to go back to "you"!! You go on a roller coaster of emotions and I love the way the story just draws you in. I have no hesitation in recommending this book. Brilliant
Lu was bullied at school and its left her with a lack of self esteem and lacking in confidence and self worth.
She's always known she was adopted and loved by her parents. When her Mom dies in a road traffic accident, although she adores her Dad, she would very much want to seek out who her biological Mother was. Wanting to know where she came from and her background, why she was adopted.
With her Dad's blessing she travels down to where her birth Mother lives in Cornwall. They agree to meet.
After packing some of her things she decides to stay not with her biological Mother but to pay for somewhere to stay.
She wants to spend some time in Cornwall getting to know her Mother.
The first half of the book is about emotions, getting to know Lu as well as her biological Mother and the woman who has helped her get through the loss of her Mother's death, a neighbour, who has very much become part of Lu's crutch in life.
Lu finds herself confiding in this neighbour when she telephones home one day.
Things started to warm up then that started to earn this book 'psychological thriller' when certain things started to happen. The 'action' starts a little way into the halfway mark which more than whet my appetite to read more.
The climax at the end was more than impressive.
It started out with a feel of Contemporary fiction/family drama but you will see why at you continue your read.
What happened at the beginning certainly impacts on the end.
Fabulous. Another author for me to keep an eye out for more books from her.
My thanks to Bloodhounds for my copy via Net Galley
Another Mother by Amanda James was a psychological thriller that had me hooked from the start. After her adopted mother dies Lu decided to track down her birth mother and find out why she had been put up for adoption. She is delighted to get a reply from her birth mother and travels to Cornwall to meet her. Once there Lu finds that everything is not as it seems and feels confused and unsettled by her birth mothers behaviour. I enjoyed this book and would like to thank NetGalley and Bloodhound Books for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Adopt at birth lu has a secret of finding her mother.
When she finds her Mother in Cornwall they cement they relationship.
Ooh could not put it down.
I have Netgalley for the ARC
Whoa, could not put this book down, my heart went out to Lu, all she wanted was to know her birth mother, I felt I was there with her on her journey and what a journey it was, an amazing psychological thriller with twists you won't see coming, loved it from start to finish, thank you @netgalley @blooodhoundbook and especially thank you to @akjames61 would highly recommend this book.
A great psychological book that I struggled to put down, I was gripped.
This book drew me in and I felt I was living this with the characters..... a fab, fab book.
I loved this book and the twists and turns.
I absolutely loved this book. After the sudden death of her adoptive mother Lu decides its time to meet her birth mother. She travels to St Ives to meet Melwyn, her mother, and starts to discover the truth about her real family.
The initial meeting is good although a little strained and weird at times, but that’s to be expected isn’t it ? Is everything as it seems ? Or is there more that her mother isn’t telling her ?
If you are looking for an action packed thriller then this isn’t for you but if you are wanting a brilliant written psychological thriller then you need to read this book.
I really warmed to Lu and her friend Rosie and was really hoping that everything would turn out good for them both.
This really is a brilliant read and I highly recommend this. It starts out as a family drama but things soon start to take a more sinister twist.
Another Mother is the first book I've read by Amanda James and I can guarantee that I'll be reading more from her.
I knew from the first chapter that I was going to enjoy this book but I didn't quite know how much.
Lu was adopted at birth, but she hasn't yet met her birth mother for fear of upsetting her parents. So when Lu's adopted mum dies in a tragic accident, she decides it's time to get to know her other mother. When Lu finally heads down to Cornwall to meet her, she's surprised to find that her mother isn't what she expected at all and she's not sure if she's made a mistake.
It started pretty slow to be honest, very family drama orientated with not much thrill or suspense then one tiny thing happens and the whole book changes and it becomes a lot more gripping
I was completely sucked in and I felt everything Lu was feeling, I couldn't believe what I was reading half the time.
I saw the end coming quite quickly to be honest, as I'm sure a lot of people did. But it didn't stop me reading and I couldn't wait to see how it got there, but I was quite blown away by the next twist. I definitely didn't see that one coming, and I loved it. It pulled the story together perfectly and left me feeling quite content. A great book for anyone.
Thank you to the publisher, author and NetGaelley for me e-copy of Another Mother in exchange for an honest review.
Wow. At first I thought this was more a chick-lit, drama, family story but wow, when you get past half way BOOM! This story will hit you hard. It will mess with your head towards the end and have your heart racing to find out the outcome, very fast paced. Poor Lu, I really felt for her throughout. However, I did not expect that outcome at all. A true shocker! Jaw dropper.
I loved the setting off this book (Cornwall) and Lu's and Rosie's character! I couldn't put this book down I just had to finish it and devour it. Another well deserved four stars from me, highly recommend to you all. I also love the cover on this story too! Another Mother is well written and will have you absorbed in Lu's life and mess before you know it... But will there be a happy ending? That's for you to find out. Perfect story. One I will not forget easily. I look forward to reading more by this author in the future.
Wow, this was a very interesting book. Amanda James is a very descriptive writer. She really has a way with words and how to draw in her readers by keeping them on the edge of their seats. I would read more by this author can't wait till this book is released.
Lu is your average almost 30 something, dead-end job and a bit of a loner, she is also adopted. After the recent death of her adoptive mother she decides this is the thing she needs to give her the push to actually find her birth mother. When contact is made, Lu makes the decision to make the visit to meet her mother in Cornwall. Things seem to go well and a tentative relationship is struck between mother and daughter. As they get to know each other a little more the cracks start to show.
This starts off more like a contemporary fiction and then slowly it morphs into an absolutely amazing psychological story. Lu is a really good character and I like the way she herself changed the story, from living at home with her adopted parents to finally taking the decision to stand on her own two feet. By the end of the story I thought she was more confident and also more upbeat and positive about her life. From being a bullied child to a more confident woman. The dynamics between the two different families is a convincing read that really does draw you in the their lives.
I am a little bit biased about the Cornish setting of the book as I live in Cornwall, but I have to say the author does a wonderful job with the descriptions of St. Ives. This knowledge of the area and also the love shows through in the authors writing giving a wonderful picture of a great place.
So as I mentioned earlier, this story changes, it steps up a gear and the depth the plot is revealed. Here I think the author has done a great job of building up the thought of something not being quite right and when the twist finally shows itself bloody hell was I shocked, really didn’t see it coming and caught me completely unawares.
This is a great read and I would highly recommend it to readers who like a book that turns from a contemporary read into an amazing dark psychological suspense filled read.
Wow! This book is full of twists and turns. It is a great psychological thriller. This one has you biting your nails and wondering what will happen next.
From a lot of tragedy, you think something wonderful is happening. But are you right? Has Lucinda finally found happiness and the backbone to stand up for herself? The characters are well developed and you find yourself loving some of them and hating others with a passion. Either way, you develop strong feelings.
I enjoyed this book and hated to put it down...especially the closer I got to the final pages! I couldn't wait to find out what would happen. And then I kept sitting here waiting for the other shoe to drop. A great twist at the end that will have you saying, "What?! Did I just read that?"
I'm looking forward to more books by this author.
Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an unbiased review
Great storyline that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Plenty twists and turns and a good filled plot. Good characters with a very plausible plot
This was truly amazing. Heart stoppingly tense in places. I think I held my breath for the majority of it.
One of my top reads this year.
I enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the aspects of the different relationships Lu has and the sense of who can she trust and how we as the reader discover that alongside her. i thought the ending was interesting and unexpected and would read other books by this author.
This is a book that starts off quite slowly as a family story but develops into a psychological thriller. I did guess how it was going to end but that didn't spoil it
Lu is a young lady whose life has stalled. She gives up her dead end job and, following the sudden accidental death of her Mother, is at a loose end. Her days revolve around supporting her Father and supposedly looking for jobs. A chance comment by a helpful neighbour sets her on a trail to find her birth mother. Once contact has been made, Lu seems prepared to settle for a while in the quiet Cornish village and support her birth Mother, Mellyn, who has had a difficult few years.
This is a well constructed thriller that I found hard to put down. It does start slowly but do keep going. It doesn't take long before the book settles into an interesting and well constructed plot. Lu has a low self esteem. She was bullied at school and despite the assurrances of her adoptive parents she always wondered why her birth Mother gave her away. In Cornwall she starts to blossom. She makes a new friend, gets a part time job and feels needed by her birth Mother, Mellyn. It is interesting to see the complex personalities of Mellyn & Lu develop as the book progresses.
I very much enjoyed this book. I had an idea of some of what would happen but not all of it. The ending worked well and I felt that the threads were nicely tied up.
I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.
After reading the first chapter I was completely hooked, I love a book that throws you straight in to the story and this was definitely one of them.
I loved the build up through the story as we crept along to the end at a steady pace that suited the book perfectly. This books has some fascinating characters and I loved the writing style - it is a very good psychological thriller.
A solid four stars from me, highly recommended!!
Lu has a happy home life although was bullied at school due to her being adopted so when her mother dies unexpectedly she starts to look into her adoption and finding her biological mother. Her father seems to have withdrawn into himself and so when she tracks her 'mother' down she goes to visit her in Cornwall, initially everything seems to be great and they get on quite well but as Lu tries to find out why she was put up for adoption the cracks start to appear but Lu seems unable to see what is happening will she get the truth? or will she regret ever setting out on this journey?
This is a little slow at the beginning but I think it is necessary to get to know Lu's background and then when she gets to Cornwall it hot's up. I really liked this book a 4.5 stars if I could give halves.
Thank you to NetGalley for my copy of the book.
I don't want to give anything away because it's best if you just read the book and be shocked. Loved the romance - it was nicely done. It is seemingly just another thriller, but it is on a deeper level a look at how we all just want to be accepted. Lu feels disenfranchised because she's adopted. Mellyn feels like an outsider in Lu's life even though she's her mother. We all just want to be loved. That's the beauty of this book - love creeps up slowly, but surely. I did feel bad for Lu's dad. He was just kinda put on the back burner. But I loved Rosie. I wish there were more scenes with her. If you like twisty and complicated mysteries with great character development, this one's for you. I didn't figure it out. I will definitely be looking for more from this author.
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