The New Mother
by Nora Murphy
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Pub Date 30 May 2023 | Archive Date 13 Jun 2023
St. Martin's Press, Minotaur Books
From Nora Murphy, author of The Favor, The New Mother is both relatable and nerve-wracking, sympathetic and bone-chilling— a fresh new twist on motherhood and murder in suburbia.
Isolated. Lonely. Tired. It's hard being The New Mother. Sometimes it's murder.
Nothing is simple about being a new mom alone in a new house, especially when your baby is collicky. Natalie Fanning loves her son unconditionally, but being a mother was not all she wanted to be.
Enter Paul, the neighbor.
Paul provides the lifeline she needs in what feels like the most desperate of times. When Paul is helping with Oliver, calmed by his reassuring, steady presence, Nat feels like she can finally rest.
But Paul wants something in return. It’s no coincidence that he has befriended Nat—she is the perfect pawn for his own plan. Will Nat wake up in time to see it?
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Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for this fabulous advanced reader copy. I have to admit I was hooked from the first chapter. I felt for Nat as a new mommy! I have been there several times and felt that isolation, But then she meets Paul, and you think this is just a neighbor who can wants to help her. Every chapter had me shaking my head and shocked to see how this storyline was happening. Plain and simple.... read this book; it took me down a path I never saw coming. I did not want it to end. What a story but one all women can relate to as they travel that road with a new baby, sleepless days and nights, and feeling all alone in their struggle; add in a fantastic twist, and you have The New Mother!
Thank you Netgalley & St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books for an eARC of Nora Murphy's upcoming novel, The New Mother!
This one's described as relatable and nerve-wracking, which is spot on. Natalie loves her newborn son unconditionally, but she's also feeling isolated, lonely, and exhausted. Her neighbor Paul is seemingly a friend and lifeline for her, helping with Oliver and being a regular presence in her lonely days. Is Paul just being kind, or does he have a darker motive behind his actions?
Post-Partum Depression & psychosis is real. I pray that the more it's spoken about, the more comfortable new moms will be with talking about how they're feeling and seeking the help that they deserve. This book came for me at an interesting time - Trying to conceive, but also seeing all over the news stories of mothers suffering from PPD and PPP. Nora handles this topic in a way that's eye-opening yet gentle. The story is bone-chilling and so so twisted. I really enjoyed how everything came together in the end.
Nora's an auto-buy author for me, and this book sealed the deal - I really can't wait to see what she comes up with next! Also, I adore this cover.