Review published on April 11, 2018.
What lengths would you go to to have a child? That is the premise of this clever and taut psychological thriller.
The book starts with Louisa about to bring her son into the world. Straightaway we are thrown headlong into the action as we follow baby Cory’s rather traumatic birth. Louisa and her husband, James, had tried for a long time to have a baby. They take him home and set about their lives together but fate has other plans in store.
Louisa is extremely damaged. Without giving too much away, her childhood was a mess and postnatal depression is almost expected.
The story is split into sections mainly consisting of Louisa Now and Louisa Then. The Then sections were heartbreaking to read, the Now sections thrilling and shocking. Is Louisa paranoid or is somebody really out to try and take her baby from her? As Louisa is the narrator of her own story we never know whether what she’s experiencing is real or not and that’s what makes it so freaky and so exciting.
A Mother’s Sacrifice is quite the page turner. It’s pacy and such an easy book to read that I raced through it. I sympathised with Louisa, but I did wonder if she was imagining all that was happening. You’ll have to read it to see. The ending was a surprise and I’m not sure if I would have liked it to end differently or not, but I thought it was a fitting ending, tying in with the title very well.
It’s a cleverly plotted book with an extremely unreliable narrator. It’s filled with twists and turns and I never knew what was going to happen next. I also couldn’t have predicted the main outcome which is great. All in all, a fab twisty read and book groups would have a lot of discussion about Louisa’s behaviour I think.
Nicola Smith, Short Book and Scribes, 4/4
A Mother’s Sacrifice by Gemma Metcalfe
HQ Digital B074Z3KMW4 ebook Mar 2018
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