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The Other Mother: A Novel
By: Carol Goodman
List Price: $15.99
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(as of: 01/21/19)
Manufacturer: William Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN: 0062562649
Publication Date: 2018-03-27
Release Date 2018-03-27
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“An atmospheric and harrowing tale, richly literary in complexity but ripe with all the crazed undertones, confusions, and forebodings inherent in the gothic genre. Recommend this riveting, du Maurier–like novel to fans of Jennifer McMahon.” Booklist (starred review)

From the author of the internationally bestselling The Lake of Dead Languages comes a gripping novel about madness, motherhood, love, and trust.

When Daphne Marist and her infant daughter, Chloe, pull up the gravel drive to the home of Daphne’s new employer, it feels like they’ve entered a whole new world. Tucked in the Catskills, the stone mansion looks like something out of a fairy tale, its lush landscaping hiding the view of the mental asylum just beyond its border. Daphne secured the live-in position using an assumed name and fake credentials, telling no one that she’s on the run from a controlling husband who has threatened to take her daughter away.

Daphne’s new life is a far cry from the one she had in Westchester where, just months before, she and her husband welcomed little Chloe. From the start, Daphne tries to be a good mother, but she’s plagued by dark moods and intrusive thoughts that convince her she’s capable of harming her own daughter. When Daphne is diagnosed with Post Partum Mood Disorder, her downward spiral feels unstoppable—until she meets Laurel Hobbes.

Laurel, who also has a daughter named Chloe, is everything Daphne isn’t: charismatic, sophisticated, fearless. They immediately form an intense friendship, revealing secrets to one another they thought they’d never share. Soon, they start to look alike, dress alike, and talk alike, their lives mirroring one another in strange and disturbing ways. But Daphne realizes only too late that being friends with Laurel will come at a very shocking price—one that will ultimately lead her to that towering mansion in the Catskills where terrifying, long-hidden truths will finally be revealed....



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.

By: John Charles, ReaderToReader.com

It's not unusual to revere someone and want to emulate them. Such is the case with Daphne Marist. After giving birth to her daughter, Chloe, she succumbs to severe post-partum depression. Peter, her controlling husband, makes her join a support group for other mom's dealing with similar problems. It is here she meets Laurel Hobbes.

The two women bond with Laurel taking Daphne under her wing, having her hair styled the same and dressing alike, "cloning" Daphne to be her twin. Soon both are thrown into a state of paranoia believing their husbands are against them. Daphne searches for employment for Laurel to help her escape, yet one day she discovers Laurel dead in her bathtub.

Daphne's already fragile mind plays tricks on her so she grabs limited items and Chloe and flees. She considers she really is Laurel and the woman in her tub is Daphne. She takes on Laurel's persona and runs, taking the archivist job meant for Laurel with Schuyler (Sky) Bennett, Daphne's favorite author.

Posing as Laurel, Daphne delves into her duties and is drawn into Sky's history and that of her father who ran the adjacent mental institution. She becomes obsessed with Edith, a patient committed to the hospital forty years prior.

Meanwhile, the police investigating Laurel's death insist it is Daphne who is deceased after taking her own life. Daphne insists she is playing a charade and is using Laurel's identity to evade Peter. Considered delusional, she is confined to the asylum.

This powerful psychological thriller is filled with twists and turns, keeping the reader on edge. Included are separate journal entries by Laurel, Daphne, and Edith, portraying their skewed minds. Frightening as well as frustrating, the juxtaposition of each well-defined personality is riddled with riveting suspense.

By: Nancy Lepri, ReaderToReader.com

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