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 Maurierlike 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 Daphnes new employer, it feels like theyve 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 shes on the run from a controlling husband who has threatened to take her daughter away.Daphnes 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 shes plagued by dark moods and intrusive thoughts that convince her shes capable of harming her own daughter. When Daphne is diagnosed with Post Partum Mood Disorder, her downward spiral feels unstoppableuntil she meets Laurel Hobbes.Laurel, who also has a daughter named Chloe, is everything Daphne isnt: charismatic, sophisticated, fearless. They immediately form an intense friendship, revealing secrets to one another they thought theyd 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 priceone that will ultimately lead her to that towering mansion in the Catskills where terrifying, long-hidden truths will finally be revealed.......
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The Other Mother Reviews
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 of her favorite authors, Schuyler, as an archivist. She'll be living in the shadow of a mental hospital, which Schulyer's late father ran for many years. Daphne hopes this will be a new start and a way to escape both her husband and the dark moods, diagnosed as postpartum mood disorder, she felt wh ...more
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 harming the baby.
Daphne attended classes and met a friend, Laurel, in the class whose baby had the same name as her baby, and they became friends.
Their friendship was odd, though, because Laurel would tell stories about things that happened to Daphne and make them her own.
Her husband was supportive ...more
Eagerly waiting for this to come out! Love Carol Goodman
“The Other Mother”
Written by Carol Goodman
I opened up “The Other Mother” during a sick day, gross with the stomach flu. At first, I thought I was really confused by the premise, because my head was foggy from fever, from chills, from the flu. After I became better, I still am not entirely sure what I read.
I am a fan of the book you don’t understand until the final twist, the book you have to read three times in a row to understand. This is reminiscent of “Shutter Island”, “A Cure for Wellness”, ...more
3.5 stars. Two new mothers, Daphne and Laurel, meet at a mothers group to help with their postpartum depression. A strange strong friendship develops. The story takes you for a ride from past to present, from reality to delusions. My head was spinning trying to figure out who was who and what was what. This story was quite the psychological burn and not until the very end does any of this suspenseful, twisty and twisted tale make any sense! Or does it?!! A solid 3 stars and another 1/2 for creep ...more
I am a huge fan of psychological thrillers and I was extremely happy to come upon this gem. I was very much into the book, but after the unexpected twist in the middle of the story - I was not able to put this book down.
After giving birth, Daphne Marist starts to experience postpartum depression. Her husband Peter suggest for Daphne to attend a support group for postpartum anxiety, that's where she meets Laurel. Two new moms find a bond and become very close friends. However, this does not last ...more
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I give the author points for creating a complex plot and confusing the heck out of me at times. More than a few instances had me going "What the hell?" "Is she... isn't she?"
In general I didn't see some of the twists/surprises coming, but I did have thoughts now and then of "Wouldn't it be neat if this happened?" or "Hmm.. if it turns out this way.." A couple times I did guess right so that ...more
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, the plot was engrossing, unpredictable and addictive. This story had me glued to the pages, scratching my head in confusion (in a good way!) at the turn of each chapter. The journal entries were brilliant! The narration was outstanding! My brain was working double-time to try keep up with this clever an ...more