The Bad Mother

The Bad Mother


Lucy and Adam are expecting a baby but and they should both be happy but Lucy's frequent lapses of memory are of increasing concern to them both.

Their concerns only grow when Ava is born. Lucy is a danger to herself and to the baby...isn't she?

Our Review

The Bad Mother by Amanda Brooke is written in a style that will appeal to fans of B. A Paris.

Lucy and Adam met at a barbeque two summers ago, they married a year later and now they are expecting their first child. What should be a happy time for them is tarnished by Lucy’s increasing memory lapses.

Lucy and her mum, Christine, have always been close after her dad committed suicide and Christine had to raise her alone from the age of eight.

“They were the best of friends when they wanted to be, and mother and daughter when it was needed.”

Christine understands why Lucy is particularly concerned about her lapses in memory especially as Christine has been reluctant to confide in Lucy as to what led to her father committing suicide. She reassures her that it is probably just ‘baby brain.’

Christine’s mother encourages her to get back in touch with her friend Hannah who already has children and may be able to provide reassurance, but Lucy is reluctant knowing that Adam doesn’t like her.

“Lucy didn’t need reminding that she hadn’t seen nearly enough of her family and friends of late, but she had been busy building a new life with Adam. He had to come first and, while she would willingly make the extra effort for her mum, she wasn’t sure if keeping in touch with Hannah was the right thing to do.”

Lucy is concerned with being the perfect mother but as the time of her due date approaches both she and Adam become increasingly worried about her ability to look after herself let alone a fragile baby.

By the time Ava is born Lucy is increasingly isolated and dependent upon Adam and the reader is probably becoming increasingly frustrated with her inability to see that Adam is behind it all.

In The Bad Mother Amanda Brooke paints an eerie picture of a husband psychologically abusing his wife and shows how it can be a gradual and almost unnoticed process.

You might wonder why the book is worth reading when you know from the beginning who is behind all the strange happenings, but you don’t know they why and the outcome.

An intriguing read.

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