Borrowing her friend Laurel Hobbes name and academic credentials, Daphne Marist packs up her meager belongings and her infant daughter Chloe, and heads for a job as working as an archivist for a once famous author Schuyler Bennett. Daphne is positive her husband, who has threatened to use Daphne’s Post Partum Mood Disorder to take Chloe away from her, will not be able to find her now. The stone mansion where Daphne now lives and works sits next door to an old mental asylum founded and run by Schuyler’s father years ago. As Daphne begins digging through Schuyler’s papers, she discovers a disturbing story about an old patient, who decades ago was convinced authorities at the mental asylum had stolen her child
Past and present begun blurring together leaving Daphne to wonder if she really has discovered something serious or if this is just another figment of her fevered imagination. Hammett Prize winning Goodman, whose novel The Widow’s House is currently on the short list for the Edgar’s this year, once again delivers another tangled tour de force of sophisticated suspense with The Other Mother. From the name Goodman choses for her protagonist (Daphne Marist – hint hint think of another classic suspense writer who wrote about Manderley) to the creepy gothic setting of the book to the layers of deception skillfully woven into the plot, this is another Hitchcockian delight from a consistently entertaining author.