A very big welcome to my first blog tour of 2019!
I am delighted to be sharing my review of Only a Mother by Elisabeth Carptenter.
Only a Mother was published on 27th December 2018 by Orion Books.
ONLY A MOTHER . . .
Erica Wright hasn’t needed to scrub ‘MURDERER’ off her house in over a year. Life is almost quiet again. Then her son, Craig, is released from prison, and she knows the quiet is going to be broken.
COULD BELIEVE HIM
Erica has always believed Craig was innocent – despite the lies she told for him years ago – but when he arrives home, she notices the changes in him. She doesn’t recognise her son anymore.
COULD LIE FOR HIM
So, when another girl goes missing, she starts to question everything. But how can a mother turn her back on her son? And, if she won’t, then how far will she go to protect him?
COULD BURY THE TRUTH
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Thank you to Tracy Fenton and the publisher for issuing me with my review copy of the book and for inviting me to participate on the blog tour.
Only a Mother is fantastic insight into a mothers love for her child and what she will do to protect him and I loved reading every page.
We follow Erica, the mother of Craig who has been in prison since he was found guilty of murder when he was only 20. Now 38, he is due to be released and although Erica is happy at the thought of this, she is also incredibly apprehensive about what life will be like for Craig and also herself.
I liked how the author has told the story from Erica’s point of view along with a reporter who is covering the release and also wanting to get to the bottom of another murder that occurred the same time as Craig’s arrest. We don’t hear from Craig until near the end and I think this suits the storyline perfectly. Although this is about Craig and his past, the story and attention belongs to Erica.
It is Erica who was left behind and who was the person that the public and her community turned on. She’s has had to ensure the public hate and has essentially hidden herself away. The author has captured this perfectly and we feel a sense of compassion and almost pity for Erica as she tries to come to terms with the past and what her son, although she tries to deny it, is capable of. Although I did partially guess the ending, this didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the book in the slightest.
This is another brilliant book from Elisabeth Carpenter and probably my favourite of hers so far (although I did really love 99 Red Balloons!).
Highly recommended from me.
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About the Author
Elisabeth Carpenter lives in Preston with her family. She completed a BA in English Literature and Language with the Open University in 2008.
Elisabeth was awarded a Northern Writers’ New Fiction award, and was longlisted for Yeovil Literary Prize (2015 and 2016) and the MsLexia Women’s Novel award (2015). She loves living in the north of England and sets most of her stories in the area, including the novel she is writing at the moment.
She currently works as a book keeper.