Today, I’m super excited to be featured on the next stop of the blog tour for Elisabeth Carpenter’s new book, Only A Mother, published by Orion Books. As part of the tour I have reviewed this fab book, but first up here’s a little about the novel.
ONLY A MOTHER . . .
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.
COULD BELIEVE HIM
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.
COULD LIE FOR HIM
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?
COULD BURY THE TRUTH
What I Say:
I mean just WOW! This tells the story of Erica, whose son Craig was convicted 17 years ago of the murder of a young girl. Erica has always believed Craig was innocent, dutifully visiting him every week he’s been in prison. But Craig has now made parole and arrives home someone completely different. But when another girl goes missing, Erica must make the hard choice and face up to what could have happened all those years ago – or who her son really is.
This novel is told from the point of view of Erica, Luke a newspaper reporter and an unknown killer. What I loved about this novel is how the author could get under the skin of the characters and really brought them to life in this story. I liked the view point of Luke, an outsider who feels sorry for Erica but is determined to seek justice for the other missing girl Craig was never convicted for, as well as the new girl who suddenly vanishes.
I literally could not put this book down – the complex relationship between a mother and child was really at the heart of the novel and made for addictive reading. The twists and turns in this plot also made for such a compelling read.
This is a dark and creepy read, with a twisty plot and very disturbing but believable characters. Would highly recommend!
About the Author:
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.
To find out more about Elisabeth Carpenter follow her on Twitter @LibbyCPT.
Only A Mother is out now and can be purchased via Amazon here
A massive thanks to Tracy Fenton and Alex Layt for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour.
As always don’t forget to stop off at all the other amazing stops on this blog tour!