Monday, July 7, 2014

Book Review: Mother, Mother

Mother, Mother: A Novel by Koren Zailckas

So I started reading this book and at first I found it a bit slow going ...but about 20% into the book I found I couldn't put it down. I was hooked! 


Mother, Mother is a psychological mind-screw! It's the story of Josephine Hurst and her dysfunctional family. There is Douglas Hurst - the dad - who is there but not really present. There is mom - Josephine - who is an overbearing psychopath who manipulates everyone including her kids. Rose Hurst - oldest daughter, college-aged, who for all intents and purposes has run away from home. Violet Hurst, hippy, drugie with a temper and quick tongue. And then Will Hurst, special needs son and youngest of the Hurst family. 

We quickly discover that dad is having what appears to be an affair only to later find out, he's a recovering alcoholic and not a adulterer. Rose has run away after being tormented by her mother to have an abortion, which she did, but then is tormented by her mother for having said abortion. Violet goes on a "trip" after having some "natural" seeds and supposedly hurts her brother and is locked up in a psych ward. And Will, the "puppy" at his mommys heel, at 12 yrs old doing everything and anything to please his mommy without a thought of his own basically. 

It doesn't take long to see that this is a family in crisis ...a family with so many secrets that are literally tearing the family apart. So many lies. 

And then suddenly their whole word comes tumbling down...we see just how much of a vindictive, manipulative psycho Josephine is and how she has destroyed her family. Nothing is as it seems. Some mothers will go to any length to keep their secrets ...

I absolutely loved this book - lots of twists and kept me on the edge of my seat! 

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

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