by S.E. Lynes (Goodreads Author)
And if the victims included normal women, he wondered, was the Ripper a normal man, a man as normal or as troubled as any other man – a man like him.
THE BLURB: Christopher would never hurt anyone. Not intentionally. Even after everything that’s happened I still believe that…
Christopher Harris is a lonely boy. A boy who has never fitted into his family. Who has always felt something was missing from his life. Until one day, when he discovers a suitcase in his family’s attic. And a secret about his mother that changes everything. What price would you pay for the perfect family?
Christopher finally has a chance at happiness. A happiness that he will do anything to protect…
MY THOUGHTS: Mother by S. E. Lynes is told from three points of view. That of Christopher, Ben, and someone not identified until almost the end of the book. Which was kind of frustrating/annoying. The change in narrator was never announced – headings on the chapters would have been useful. Several times I had to go back to the beginning of a chapter and reread it once I realised that the narrator was different.
While the idea behind the plot is good, the full potential was not tapped. The first half of the book dragged, the second half was more interesting, but at no time did I feel a real connection to any of the characters and, in the end, I didn’t really care about the outcome. It all felt rather contrived and somewhat overdone. Like a good steak that has been ruined by overcooking.
The most interesting part of the book for me, was the references to the Yorkshire Ripper. It was this that provided the atmosphere, a little suspense.
A grudging ☆☆☆ for a book that I suspect could have been a lot better. But I adore the cover!
Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of Mother by S. E. Lynes for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. A lot of people will like this book more than I did, therefore if you enjoyed the excerpt and like the sound of the blurb, please take a chance and read Mother. I will enjoy reading your reviews.
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