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The Wrong Mother by Sophie Hannah
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May 02, 12

bookshelves: police-procedural

The story is as much about the dark underbelly of motherhood as it is a murder mystery. The initial slow meticulous pace gave way to too many POV characters and leaps of logic by the main characters that left me wondering, where did that come from?
Overall I did like the story & the author's style
One structural drawback was the spacing of the 'diary' excerpts. The first few were shocking and a disturbing insight into someone's life. By the time the later ones were offered, (spoiler!) we knew Geraldine didn't write them, we had the gist and I skimmed and then skipped most since they added nothing new to the story.
With all the focus on Sally as the sole first person POV and the emphasis on the impact of betrayal on her, I felt the story just stopped without resolving her primary issues.
The policemen/women's personal issues seem to be a set up to a sequel


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