Life can throw us curve balls sometimes. We don’t always know how to ask for help. We become vulnerable when unexpected help comes along. This is what happened to Natalie. She was a new mother and had a very demanding baby boy who cried incessantly. Her husband Tyler was sweet and caring but not much help in the baby department. Natalie was an accomplished lawyer and now that she became a mom she struggled with putting her career on hold. No sleep, wearisome, and frustrated she longed to find a way to soothe herself and her baby.
In walked Paul. He was a stay-at-home dad and had all the time in the world to immerse himself into Natalie’s life. He was a protector and a soft place to land for her. He helped with her son during the day and she could finally sleep! She was also suffering emotionally and was not receiving the proper help which made her even more unguarded.
He had a motive for helping her. Would she find out what is was before its too late? You will have to read this very raw, emotional thriller to find out. Although it is a fictional book, it delves deep into marital issues, postpartum depression and the struggle to be what society thinks is a good parent. Backstory and a lot of plot building until the middle of the book when it takes off on the thrill ride. I really liked The Favor by Nora Murphy and I feel this book is just as good or better.
Thanks to NetGalley and Minotaur Books for the Arc.
Isolated, lonely, tired... vulnerable.
Wow I inhaled this. This was a great story!
As a new mom to a colicky baby I really appreciated how true this story felt. I felt like I could really relate to the character and I think that's why I was on the edge of my seat with everything going on.
Natalie is a new mom and she's dealing with postpartum depression, lack of sleep, and taking care of a newborn on her own but the author really elevated on it with the relationship she had with Paul and how he starts to take advantage of her & took matters into his own hands, using her as a pawn. I ate it up.
This story is told in multiple POVs (Natalie & Paul).
This is a book you don't want to miss.
Thank you Netgalley & St Martin's Press for an Advanced Readers Copy!
A phenomenal story that any mom who has had a child can relate to.
The postpartum loneliness, fear, extreme fatigue and pain is too much at times.
The guilt can be overwhelming as Natalie and moms everywhere want to keep their identity and jobs, but things are now different. A little person is in your charge and we just cannot do it all!
Can you understand these feelings? I know, I can.
Now- the neighborhood has a murder and it is in the woods by Natalie's home.
Who is responsible and why are the police even talking to Natalie?
Is she being framed or could she have actually committed a crime without remembering?
She never cared for Erin, the woman who died, nor really knew her, but her husband, Paul was definitely a friend. Or was he?
This is a well done, intense book that I truly had a hard time putting down. The plot from beginning to end just thickens and gets better.
Thank you to @NetGalley and to @St. Martin's Press for this amazing ARC and allowing me to read and provide my own review. Excellent! I would love to see this as a movie!
Natalie Fanning is a new mother to baby Oliver. She loves her son, but is more than a little overwhelmed, especially when it turns out that her son has colic. She takes a sabbatical from work to stay home with him, and slowly slips into isolation and despair. When Paul, her neighbor who happens to be a stay-at-home-dad offers to give her a hand, she is relieved to find that he actually is very good with the baby. But Paul isn’t just being a helpful neighbor - he has a sinister plan of his own.
This story was fantastic! As a mom of two kids myself, I can relate wholeheartedly to Natalie. I also have been a stay-at-home mom for close to a decade, and Natalie’s feelings of isolation and losing her whole identity resonated with me so much! It’s so hard when you don’t have a village to help you, so I can understand why Natalie trusted Paul. I knew he was too good to be true, but I wasn’t expecting him to be so conniving. Without giving any spoilers, I just wanted to kick him somewhere for manipulating such a vulnerable person! The author also included a very nice note after the book reflecting on her own experiences.
I suffered from post partum depression after my second child was born and it was hell. So this is particularly close to my heart. If you would like more info or to connect to other moms, please check out @thebluedotprj on IG for more info ❤️
Thank you to Netgalley, Nora Murphy and Minotaur for the ARC! “The New Mother” releases May 30th!
I really enjoyed this book. The main character, I had a gard time liking, but by the end I had figured out why. This book definitely kept me second guessing all the characters. I'm looking forward to more from this author.
Thanks to netgalley, the publisher and author for the advanced copy, for an honest review.
For fans of Nora Murphy’s The Favor, this new domestic thriller will have you binge reading to find out what happens next. Nora Murphy is making her way onto my auto read authors list. When lawyer Natalie brings home baby Oliver, Natalie quickly realizes all the challenges that she is up against with raising a newborn. Natalie’s husband is a lawyer and has to return to work shortly after Oliver’s birth. Natalie struggles with the lack of connection or support until her neighbor and stay at home dad Paul comes into the picture to offer Natalie friendship and the support she has been longing for. The plot escalates and Natalie will find herself questioning what she believes to be true and what is actual reality. I loved that this story was a true depiction of the struggles of new motherhood and how the plot spins in unsuspecting directions.
Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's press for this read. I have to say this book almost put me into one of the worst slumps ever. I read and read and read and was wondering where is this going. The same old same old. I have to say the author took me back to when I was having my children but this was the extreme. I was screaming at my kindle..
I do see that this book has a deeper meaning to it..but I do not think it had to be written this way to get the point across.
This book was captivating from page 1. I love when I immediately click with a book and it doesn’t take time to get going. Murphy writes from experience (as per the author’s note) about what a terrifying, all consuming, life changing thing new motherhood can be. Without getting into spoilers, this book addresses some hard topics that may be triggering for some people. (Pregnancy, childbirth and mental illness among others). As someone who struggled after giving birth, I can relate so hard to parts of this book. It is definitely a thriller and there are many moments where I thought I knew what was happening. But I was so wrong. I loved the twists and turns and the tension Murphy built within this story. I read this in less than a day. It was that good.
I would not call this a thriller or mystery. It's just straight fiction and very straightforward. There are no twists and turns. The pace is languid for what the story is all about. Paul's character is odd and not very smart. His character doesn't seem to be fully developed. There is no background to Paul. The detective in this story was so easily misled that it is not believable in real life. What is real and what I love about this book is Natalie. Nora Murphy captured the new mother's life in a very accurate and picturesque way. A new mother's struggle is complex and cannot easily be identified if something is wrong or if that's just the tiredness of having a baby.
Thank you to St. Martin's Press, Minotaur Books and NetGalley for letting me read this eARC in exchange for an honest review.
This domestic thriller touches on the real and raw reality of PPD and post partum psychosis, while also jumping into betrayal, deception and murder. I found absolutely none of the characters to be likable, however that didn’t take from my enjoyment in the story. Solid 4 stars!
I don't even know where to start, I LOVED this one SO much! It reminded me of The Push, which was one of my Fave books for 2021. This was such a fast paced page turner, it left me wanting more! This was my first Nora Murphy book and won't be my last.
I related to Natalie in so many ways. I had 3 babies in 3.5 years, Motherhood was messy, a blur and full of self doubt in the early days.
This is going to leave me with a book HANGOVER. I loved this one SO dang much! BRAVO Nora! If I could give it 100 STARS .... I would.
This one was just alright for me. I liked the plot and the writing. The main character was not very likeable. I found this book to be literally 90% the main character complaining about her life and baby, 3% the actual murder and 7% solving the murder.
It was rather anticlimactic. I enjoyed the read as the author clearly has writing skills and it flowed. It was just a little slow in action for my liking.
Natalie and her husband Tyler have just moved into a beautiful house in a new neighborhood. Soon after, she has her son, Oliver. Oliver has not been the easiest baby. He cries all the time and won't sleep for very long. Natalie is struggling at being a new mom. She is exhausted! Her husband, Tyler, has tried to help her many times, but she won't let him. She meets her neighbor, Paul, who is a stay at home dad and has a ten year old daughter. He offers her help and assistance. They become fast friends, but is Paul really wanting to help her or does he have his own hidden agenda?
THE NEW MOTHER was everything I love in a book. It was engaging and relatable. This story brought back memories of when my two children were babies and that being a new mom is not easy. I felt bad for Natalie as she struggled and then got herself into such a situation. I loved Nora Murphy's debut THE FAVOR and I thought this book was just as good. Her writing is just so good, I found myself lost in the pages.
Many thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for my ARC in exchange for my honest review.
This review will be shared to my Instagram (@coffee.break.book.reviews) in the near future.
The New Mother was an easy to read book with short chapters and a main character who many of us can probably identify with. . I felt able to relate to the main character as she struggled through sleepless nights and long days with her newborn son.
The book itself started very strong and held my interest. I was a little disappointed when the book was winding down, only because I felt nothing exciting was happening. The epilogue was good, but it needed a little more action or at least one jaw dropping scene. Despite not getting the ending I had hoped for, I truly enjoyed the writing style of the author. The book flowed well, the dialogue was good, and the plot was unique. Overall, I enjoyed this book. I especially liked the note from the author at the end. Thank you to NetGalley and to the publisher for the ARC.
This is Nora Murphy’s 2nd book and I enjoyed this even more than her first book, which I also loved. Natalie is a new mom who suffers from postpartum depression. She and her husband moved into a new neighborhood where she meets Paul. The twists and turns are fantastic and had me guessing till the end. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this early release in exchange for my honest review. To be released May 2023.
Book: The New Mother
Author: Nora Murphy
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pub Date: May 30, 2023
This was a mediocre read. I think most mothers have felt the way that Natalie has felt and it was very relatable. But chapter after chapter it was the same thing over and over. It really takes a deep dive into postpartum and the feelings that come along with a new baby. Honestly I think it was depressing. That said the author definitely put a spin on it and the next door neighbor took advantage of her baby blues. It’s a fast easy read but there are no twists here. It’s easy to see what’s coming.
Thank you St Martin’s Press and NetGalley for this sneak peak! Publication date is May 30, 2023.
If being a new mother wasn’t hard enough..
I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this book. It started off as another new mother struggling with her new reality. It quickly turned into something else and I was here for it! The ending was somewhat predictable but it didn’t take away from the rollercoaster ride.
Natalie is having a tough time after moving into a new house and having a new baby, Oliver. Tired, lonely, and frustrated she welcomes the friendship her neighbor Paul. Paul gives Natalie the support she is desperate for. She feels like she can finally rest. But Paul is not what he seems. He has a plan and that plan involves Natalie.
The New Mother is available May 30,2023.
Thank you netgalley and stmartinspress for this arc in exchange for my honest review.
This was so nice and creepy and anxiety inducing. It was so stressful seeing what was actually happening in the mind of a sociopath while our main character was tricked and deceived at every turn.
Four stars! Some of this felt familiar to me but the rest of the story was full of details and a glimpse into the mom’s world of postpartum depression and anxiety. That was an impressive amount of dialogue and action around a new mom. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC for the purposes of this review.
"The New Mother" presents a believable protagonist with a propulsive story line. Recommended for fans of domestic fiction and mystery/suspense. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.