#BookReview of Only A Mother by Elisabeth Carpenter @libbyCPT @Tr4cyF3nt0n @orionbooks

Posted January 8, 2019 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Reviews and Stuff / 25 Comments

#BookReview of Only A Mother by Elisabeth Carpenter @libbyCPT @Tr4cyF3nt0n @orionbooks

Only a Mother by Elisabeth Carpenter
Published by Orion on December 27 2018
Pages: 320

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.

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.

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?


My Review

Oh my god! How have I not read anything by Elisabeth Carpenter before! I have 11 Missed calls on my Kindle and I need to get 99 Red Balloons. But bloody hell, I need to sort this out pronto! I mean WOW what a book!

This book has put me through the wringer completely. I have been wrought with fear, fear what is going to come but it has caused something to happen in my eyes. I mean this liquid came out of my eyes a bit when reading this book and I am sure at one point she may have caused me a bit of heart failure. So when I say WOW about this book, I say it breathlessly as she has knocked me for six.

This book shows us what it could be like if we were Erica, the mother of a convicted killer, what lengths would we go to to protect our loved ones? Once her son goes to prison, she becomes a shell of a person. She is ostracised from the community, the things people say and do just broke my heart. It was all so realistic and harrowing because you know these things probably do happen every day.

The story is told between Erica, her excitement of having her boy Craig home and both their adjustments when he is home. She has always believed that he is innocent, but is he? Will things be the same? Will she still recognise that sweet boy she loved seventeen years ago? But we are also told the story by Luke, the reporter who wrote the articles regarding the murders seventeen years ago. He is trying to figure out why Craig was not convicted for both murders whilst juggling his home life.

Erica is the star here, fraught with the guilt of what happened in the past, her actions on that night. Did she behave correctly? Now with another girl going missing, can she rectify her previous transgressions?

I would have finished this in one sitting, had I not had to get up for work today. The way this book has been written is just addictive. Erica and Luke had a story that had to be told, a crime to be solved and resolution to be achieved. This book is tense, but the main focus is not on the missing girl nor the previous murder, but the every day with Erica. I knew the twist that would be coming, but it when everything played out it was shocking. The darkness inside of someone, the shock of their behaviour and emptiness of their emotions was just so harrowing in this book and quite frankly shocking.

This is another book I have read where it is so character driven and I loved it. The characters in this book, help build the world and they drive us forward, making me worry for them, care about them and fear what might happen to them. The story also unfurls slowly, forever building the tension which is why I flew through the book because I had to know.

I wholeheartedly recommend this to everyone and I think this is going to be hitting my top books for 2019 already! It took my breath away and I will be thinking about this book for a few days more.

Until next time xxx

Check out some of the reviews from the tour already!

Stephs book blog says
It made me think about what a Mother would do to protect her child, how hard is it to feel loyal and give support to a convicted killer. And always wondering if he was capable of murder. It is a crime novel that made me feel emotional at times, especially near the end.

Jen Meds Book reviews says

I love the way in which the author has slowly built the anticipation in this novel, gradually adding subtle layers of doubt and mystery into what should be an open and shut case. We are treated to the point of view of one other character, but as to who that is we cannot be certain. There are clues and hints dropped, perhaps the odd moment of misdirection, but it is all cleverly fed into Erica, Craig and Luke’s stories, keeping the reader intrigued without jarring them out of the main actio

Short Book and Scribes says

Whilst not a story filled with action, I found it really fast-paced and exciting, one of those books I couldn’t wait to get back to. I think the strength is very much in the characterisations, especially Erica who I thought had a compelling voice

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Thanks to Tracy at Compulsive Readers for the tour invite and the author for a copy of their book in return for my honest and unbiased review

About Elisabeth Carpenter

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

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25 responses to “#BookReview of Only A Mother by Elisabeth Carpenter @libbyCPT @Tr4cyF3nt0n @orionbooks

  1. I didn’t like 11 missed calls, 99 balloons was good… I don’t know about this book
    But you have blasted my curiosity with the review… Aah another one to my TBR

    • Zoe

      Oh i do have Jetpack, you should be able to see me?! Are you following my blog? I will check the settings again 🙂

  2. This book sounds amazing! Adding to my ‘must read’ list now.

    Have you read Only Child? I think you might like that one, too. There’s a recent review on my blog.