The Other Mother

The Other Mother Review

“An atmospheric and harrowing tale, richly literary in complexity but ripe with all the crazed undertones, confusions, and forebodings inherent in the gothic genre. Recommend this riveting, du Maurier–like novel to fans of Jennifer McMahon.” Booklist (starred review)

From the author of the internationally bestselling The Lake of Dead Languages comes a gripping novel about madness, motherhood, love, and trust.

When Daphne Marist and her infant daughter, Chloe, pull up the gravel drive to the home of Daphne’s new employer, it feels like they’ve entered a whole new world. Tucked in the Catskills, the stone mansion looks like something out of a fairy tale, its lush landscaping hiding the view of the mental asylum just beyond its border. Daphne secured the live-in position using an assumed name and fake credentials, telling no one that she’s on the run from a controlling husband who has threatened to take her daughter away.

Daphne’s new life is a far cry from the one she had in Westchester where, just months before, she and her husband welcomed little Chloe. From the start, Daphne tries to be a good mother, but she’s plagued by dark moods and intrusive thoughts that convince her she’s capable of harming her own daughter. When Daphne is diagnosed with Post Partum Mood Disorder, her downward spiral feels unstoppable—until she meets Laurel Hobbes.

Laurel, who also has a daughter named Chloe, is everything Daphne isn’t: charismatic, sophisticated, fearless. They immediately form an intense friendship, revealing secrets to one another they thought they’d never share. Soon, they start to look alike, dress alike, and talk alike, their lives mirroring one another in strange and disturbing ways. But Daphne realizes only too late that being friends with Laurel will come at a very shocking price—one that will ultimately lead her to that towering mansion in the Catskills where terrifying, long-hidden truths will finally be revealed....

Title:The Other Mother

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  • Diane S ?

    3.5 A mental institution, journals and a reclusive author, sound intriguing, and this was, had atmosphere in spades. Raced through the first two thirds of the book, another one of those where you ask ...

  • Lindsay

    4.5 stars! This was one crazy, twisty, confusing, wild ride! Wow – was it ever fun!I was highly intrigued from the start – the characters were fantastic, the atmosphere was vivid and captivating, ...

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    Should she really have done what she did? That seemed to be the only way to keep her baby.Daphne married, had a baby, and had Postpartum symptoms that caused her to not be happy and have thoughts of ...

  • Rachel Wallace

    4 StarsThis non-stop psychological thriller earned four stars from me! SUMMARYThis is one of those books that is more fun to read if you don’t know a lot about the plot before hand. All I am going t...

  • TL

    I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own. ----I give the author points for creating a complex plot and confusing the heck out of me at times...

  • Kristy

    When Daphne flees her home, taking very little but her six-month-old daughter, Chloe, she isn't sure what to expect. She's leaving everything behind (including her controlling husband) to work for one...

  • Amy

    Man this was a confusing read but I truly mean that as a compliment, I enjoyed every single page of this compulsive read! The confusion was the interesting kind, you know when you’re reading a book ...

  • Mary  Carrasco

    Daphne, a new mother, suffers from postpartum depression. She develops a friendship with Laurel, also a new mom, and soon their lives become irrevocably entwined.This is a story of madness, mistakes a...

  • BookGypsy

    This was a mental twister! I found it a little confusing at times and I had to stop and really think about some parts of it which makes this brilliant. You won't know which way it's going. A whirl win...

  • Jessica

    Thanks to William Morrow and TLC Book Tours for the advanced copy! Check out my blog for more about the author. This was my introduction to Carol Goodman, and I had heard great things about her writin...