Yvvette Edwards' second novel, The Mother, tells Marcia's story.
Today, Marcia is heading to the Old Bailey. She's going there to do something no mother should ever have to do: to attend the trial of the boy accused of her son's murder.
She's not meant to be that woman; Ryan, her son, wasn't that kind of boy. But Tyson Manley is that kind of a boy and, as his trial unfolds,...more
This book was very interesting. It followed Marcia Williams who is about to attend the trial of the 17 yr old boy who murdered her son Ryan.
Marcia came to court with an image in her head of everyone involved and she found herself constantly having to reevaluate those assumptions. From her husband Lloydie to Sweetie the young girl Ryan had been seeing, people weren't acting like she expected or even wanted them to.
As a mother, I couldn't imagine the pain and anguish Marcia and Llyodie were going ...more
Edwards’ simple, yet impactful writing and powerful images take the reader on the emotional roller coaster ride ...more
What is every parents worse nightmare? The death of a child. This fact is revealed on the blurb on the inside cover of the dust jacket. Marcia the mother of Ryan (who is killed in a senseless crime, aren't they all?), has to go to court everyday alone. Her husband Lloydie has kind of checked out of life. Lloydie can see no benefit in going to court. He refuses to go to support Marcia, in spite of her really wanting him to go with her. The reason Marcia is putting ...more
I am in a reading slump where I hate almost everything. And yet I ...more
Just this sentence at the end of the opening paragraph of The Mother made me stop, gasp and read it again to savour the intense distillation of emotion it represented.
The eponymous mother’s son has been murdered, stabbed to death by a boy his own ...more
She's not meant to be that woman; Ryan, her son, wasn't that kind of boy. But Tyson Manley is that kind of a boy and, as his trial unfolds, it becomes clear that Marcia's greatest hope for closure lies with Manley's girlfriend, Sweetie. But can Sweetie be trusted?
I have been taking so many breaks in between posting reviews ...more
This is an amazing book, but it isn't an easy read. It is the worst possible nightmare to any parent, right ...more
This book just tears the heart out of any parent. Ryan is a sixteen year old black boy who gets killed with a knife by another black boy and at first there is absolutely no explanation why. The story basically starts about seven months after the killing, at the beginning of the trial of Tyson, the accused. Marcia, Ryan's mom, tries throughout the book to make sense of the death of her son, while his father, Lloyd, almost withdrew into himself completely. ...more
Marcia, 'The Mother', is forced to attend the trial of her son's killer without the support of her husband.
Lloydie, is devastated and unable to cope, or come to terms, with the death of his son. He withdraws evermore into his own solitary world, driving a wedge between him and his wife emotionally and physically.
Marcia, consumed by anger, resentment and the inability to share in each other's grief, slowly the gap between them widens ...more
This is a very emotional book. As a mother, I found it so heart wrenching. I can't imagine and hope I never to know what it would be like ...more
It would make a good TV drama too, either on BBC1 or ITV1. To show awareness about the devastating effect, these murders are having on family and friends as well as showing to young people ...more
A hauntingly sad book about a mother’s grief for her deceased son. It focuses on the court case of her son’s alleged attacker and was actually a little different from what I was expecting.
Well written but I found it quite a difficult read, it was just too sad and depressing. Whatever the outcome there was never going to be a happy ending here.
I think this was an important book.
Sixteen year old Ryan was fatally stabbed one evening by 17 year old Tyson. We follow Ryan’s mother through the painful ordeal of the murder trial. This read more like a non fiction - which I suppose it is really given the levels of knife crime in London at the moment. Powerful and very well written.