My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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 long. Daphne starts to notice strange things in her friend’s behavior. She is trying to help Laurel, she even finds a great job that is a perfect for Laurel based on her job experience. However this effort is taken for granted, and even worse, Laurel breaks off their friendship. Things at home are not getting any better neither. Peter accuses Daphne of being an unfit mother and threatens to take her child away. Angry and afraid, Daphnes decided to take Laurel’s identity, accepts the live-in job that she has found for her friend, and leaves her husband.
As days go by after Daphnie’s arrival at Catskills, she starts to feel more relaxed in her new surroundings, she accustoms to her new role, her new job, and a new employer, Sky. Daphne also learns about an accident that took place many years ago in the tower, that is still a part of her employer’s residence. The person who was involved in the accident happens to be a patient in the nearby psychiatric hospital, and a former patient of Sky’s father. Daphne starts to notice too many coincidences in that particular case, and she begins the digging. This investigation takes her to the psychiatric hospital… where she is being admitted as a patient against her will. Intrigued yet? This is only the beginning!
People say that everything happens for a reason. Daphnie’s capture in the psychiatric hospital is not accidental. It is a well thought thru plan. By the end of the book, you will learn how Daphnie and Sky are connected. “The Other Mother” is a twisted and complex psychological suspense novel. Even if you have excellent detective skills – you will be surprised by the turn of the events in this book. Thank you, Carol Goodman, for a thrilling read and Goodreads, for the complimentary copy.