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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  70 ratings  ·  21 reviews
From the warm light of her sleeping baby's nursery, the curve of her husband's arm, the soft embrace of an old friend, the anonymous narrator of THE MOTHER'S TALE whispers to you her intimate fears, her deepest held desires. In the suburbs, a young mother is looking after her two children. She used to be a successful career woman in control of her life and with her husband ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Orion Publishing Group (first published November 1st 2009)
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Sarah
Sub-titles, 'All mothers love their nchildren , don't they?'..and because I do. I couldn't read this at my first attempt. The very notion that somebody could even write fiction about this idea of hurting one's own I felt Abhorrent. However, I persevered...though I still found the plot uncomfortable and distasteful....appalling even. The mother is clearly a pyschopath and kills her children. As the story became less believable and more like fiction I coped with it.
Anne
I read The Mother's Tale today - it's a short (just over 200 pages) but totally compelling story and I can really see how a reader could be affected badly by the story. I'm not a Mother, and have never experienced that connection that a woman has with their own child so maybe I could take a step back from it and look at it from a woman's point of view, rather than from a mother's.

Whatever, it really is a stunning piece of work. The fact that the reader never actually finds out the name of the na
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Katy Noyes
I'm actually feeling a little breathless after finishing...
I almost didn't read this book, feeling it would hit close to home and be too upsetting.
It's scary just how well the author inhabits the mind of the 'mother' (she is never named). At times it was my thoughts and feelings on the page.
This book is stark, shocking, disturbing but brilliant.
A mother has had two children in quick succession and longs for her life of work, a loving and devoted husband and freedom. How she attempts to get the
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Julie
A very disturbing story of a woman who can't cope with the demands of her two young children and takes trastic actions. As a mother myself I found it very chilling and difficult to read in parts but it kept me gripped to the end. It would have been 5 stars but the actual ending was left to the readers imagination and I prefer a definate end! Still an excellent read which I will remember for a long time.
Briony
When I started this book I thought it was going to be an insightful look at post-natal depression. But no, it was just a story about a mad woman.
Kirsty Hill
5 stars just for the concept. Brilliant, had me hooked. Fustrating ending but couldn't knock it down to 4 stars.
Ellie M
Thriller about motherhood gone awry. This was a really quick read. Like other reviewers I read it over the course of two evenings.

Story centres on the unnamed narrator who is experiencing difficulties with the upbringing of her two small children - the girl is under two, the boy a few months old.

She had a close relationship with her husband before the birth of her children but seemed to feel left out from his affections where him and the daughter were concerned. She also had a successful caree
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Rachel
This book was recommended to me by a friend and i throughly enjoyed it, though I found some parts hard to read. As a mother of two children 14 months apart, this was close to the bone for me.

The lead character is the mother of two young children. She resents her children 'taking her independance' and is jealous of her eldest child, a daughter, taking her husband's attention. It is chilling in places, and when she kills her daughter to 'free herself' from the shackles that her children represent
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Sami
Thoroughly disturbing tale. At the opening I identified with the narrator who seemed like any woman struggling with mothering two children under two. So many of her initial difficulties and disappointments I recognised. But when the story took a dark turn I realised this character was not like me at all... she became a psychopath intent on getting her own way, to the great detriment of her children. Several times while reading this I gasped aloud, and the ending left me chilled by how truly horr ...more
Maisarah
Wow.

I really did not expect this to turn into a thriller-murder-mystery sort of story. When I first got hold of this book, all that I thought and expected of the book from its title was that it must be an inspiring story between mothers and their children. Little did I know that I was waaaay off.

Nevertheless, despite all of my expectations of the book turning out to be completely different from the reality of this unputdownable book, I am impressed and intrigued by how disturbed a human mind a
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Aimee
This book deals with a very traumatic, a very hard-hitting notion; that not all mother's love their children. And it is something that is worth exploring. It is much more common to see men leave their children without a second thought. Rarely do we see women leaving their children in such a way. But this book deals with that possibility and it handles it supremely well for such a sensitive topic. The end is hard-hitting and shocking and, although it was somewhat predictable, it still came as a h ...more
Kathryn
I wanted to read this book as this is something which worries me about becoming a mother... not that I'm going to become some weird homicidal maniac!!



I am however worried that I will resent my children for being life sucking leeches!!

Anyhoo, interesting read even if it did verge on ridiculous at points but it was good to see a book where things aren't perfect and you don't instantly fall in love with your babies...!
seanat (elka)
Sparsely written and incredibly shocking. The story of a woman who should never have become a mother.
I thought it was going to be about a mothers' problems bonding or post-natal depression, but it had more in common with another book Monster Love by Carol Topolski.
Having said that I couldn't put it down :)
Helen
Kept my attention, first book I've read that despite hating the read character, felt compelled to know what was going to happen next, twists and turns throughout.
Sharon Parsonage
There are not many books I've read in a day and a half but I truly couldn't put this down. At times, a harrowing read - but a real page turner non the less.
Janetbain
I'm not sure if I can say I loved this book but I couldn't put it down! I dare every Mother to read it......
Fiona Dodwell
Excellent. Dark and disturbing. This book hasn't left my mind since I read it. Can't recommend it enough!
Emily
As enthralling as it is chilling. A read in one sitting kind of book.
Jill
Characters were a bit flat, but fab story!
Sophie Bristow Harris
A short, worrying tale.
ah li
chilling and haunting book
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