Psychological thriller ‘A Good Enough Mother’ – my review

A while back I was sent A Good Enough Mother by Bev Thomas. Being pitched by its publisher Faber & Faber as its lead spring debut, I was so excited to read this, especially as I love a good psychological thriller. I was even more chuffed when my proof copy came accompanied with a bottle of wine and a scented candle. Hey, what more could a girl want! 😉

A Good Enough Mother is the story of Dr Ruth Hartland, a successful clinical psychologist. She is also a mother; and a traumatised mother at that following the disappearance of her emotionally fragile son Tom.

When the book opens we meet Ruth 18 months on from Tom’s disappearance; her marriage has collapsed and her daughter chooses to keep her distance. We also discover that Ruth has kept Tom’s disappearance hidden from her colleagues.

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Ruth is struggling to keep it together. So when Dan arrives in her clinic for treatment suffering post traumatic stress disorder following a horrific vicious attack – looking just like Tom and sharing his mannerisms – you can imagine Ruth’s shock.

Dan’s arrival in Ruth’s life is an explosive catalyst that sets a series of events in motion that truly test Ruth’s professional judgement. The choices she makes as a therapist and as a mother will have devastating implications for her and her family.

As I have a real interest in psychology (hey, I absolutely love Psychologies magazine, buying it without fail every month) I found this a fascinating read. Author Bev Thomas was a clinical psychologist in the NHS for many years, and it is clear that she drew on her vast experience to write her debut novel. For me, personally I liked this – but I’m not sure everyone else will as at times it is very ‘in-depth’.

There’s no doubt about it, I did enjoy A Good Enough Mother, but for me it didn’t give me that spine tingling anticipation I want from a psychological thriller. It’s good and has depth, but for me, it not quite a page turner. But hey, that’s only my opinion and if you read A Good Enough Mother yourself, you may disagree. That’s the beauty about reading; we all have very diverse and subjective views. 🙂

Thank you to Faber & Faber for sending me an advance proof copy to read. A Good Enough Mother is published on 4 April 2019, so go out and grab your copy and let me know what you think.

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