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4.47  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  36 reviews
A Girl’s Worst Nightmare is Her Mother ...
Priscilla Martin. She’s the diva of Morning Glory Circle and a driving force in the quaint California town of Snapdragon. Overseer of garage sales and neighborhood Christmas decorations, she is widely admired. But few people know the real woman behind the perfectly coiffed hair and Opium perfume.

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Kindle Edition, 464 pages
Published April 9th 2016 by Glass Apple Press
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Nicole ☠ "psychological" thrill me❗
Best book I have EVER READ!!!
My heart was pounding throughout! I literally could not put this one down. Full of twists and turns this is one is not to be missed. I have never said this about a book before but this was disturbing on so many levels-and I loved every minute of it. Be warned-this book deals with very heavy topics and is quite descriptive.
Cianna Sunshine & Mountains Book Reviews
I just finished this fantastic novel, and I just had to right the review! This book was amazing. If you're a fan of dark & twisted (and I mean seriously twisted) you will love this book! The horror is just real and grounded in this crazy family saga that I struggled to put the book down.

These two authors work SO well together that the flow is seamless. I've read other works with author pairs and you can tell when the other picks up the writing. This book flowed so well. It got into your head, a
Sci-Fi & Scary
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Initially, Mother was a bit hard to sink into. I’d read a few pages, then go read a few pages of something else. This went on until I was about 25 percent into the book, but then things started getting freaky / creepy, and it hooked me, and I read another 55 percent in one sitting. Considering this is a 538 page book, that was a fairly decent chunk. Finally, I had to go to bed, I didn’t have a choice. It was ridiculously hard to put the book down to go to sleep.4 Star Rated Review of Mother by T ...more
Tina Williams
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dark and Enthralling

Mother is a superbly crafted and enthralling psychological thriller which has emerged from the writing partnership of Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross. For me, the novel has strong echoes of David Lynch and Stephen King: there are a myriad of secrets and dark deeds which go on behind the immediate visual landscape, complemented by a host of quirky yet intense characterisations and a devilishly twisted plot. The read also contains some very dark humour.

The words sociopath, nar
Todd Nelitz
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a despicable woman. It was great! Once I got to the halfway point I couldn't put it down. Every chance I got at work I was pulling out my phone to sneak a few pages in. Thorne & Cross never disappoint. A truly disturbing and memorable book. Prissy Martin is one character you won't forget! ...more
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes, the most terrifying things are ones that can lurk right next door. Or in your own house. MOTHER wraps true evil in a perfectly pressed pink Jackie O knockoff skirt-suit and crowns it in a wreath of dried flowers, tied with a bracelet made of a dead child's hair. Sin is at the very heart of this macabre tale set in a Pleasant Valley Sunday-style cul-de-sac, sins excused and sins perceived, all served potluck. MOTHER draws you in and does not let go. ...more
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book started out with so much promise and I was really enjoying it. It all just went a LOT too far. I’m all for a crazy, sociopath mother character but this was just too disturbing for me. And I’m no prude! I’ll probably have nightmares (and not the good kind from a great horror book) So. Gross. It ended up feeling desperate and cheap. Not my cup of tea. 🤷🏻‍♀️
Emily Maynard
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing

First, many thanks to the author(s), who provided a free copy of Mother in exchanged for an honest review. Warning to sensitive readers: this book is not for the faint of heart. Abandon hope, all ye who enter here thinking this is a safe little side trip into the shadows...these shadows have teeth, and think you would taste good with ketchup.

This book blew my mind. It was fantastic. One part Misery, one part Sharp Objects, another part Peyton Place, with a dash of Steel Magnolias and the Stepfor
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It might be weird to say that I enjoyed the book, but I really found Mother immensely interesting. The neighborhood of Morning Glory Circle was made up of individualistic residents so real you see a little of yourself and your neighbors in them. Who would have thought each of them hid secrets so deep and dark inside of them? It was equally surprising and horrifying at the same time? Well, it seems that it’s time to reevaluate your neighbors and think about how well you really know them.

It was a
Melanie Marsh
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mother by Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross is about as disturbing as one can get. These authors are seriously twisted individuals that know how to horrify and entertain at the same time. Individually their books are quite enthralling, but together, they are a force to be reckoned with. I know once I start reading one of their books, I just can’t put it down until I finish. Well, there was one I didn’t love as much, but this isn’t about that book 

This book really takes a look at the lengths some
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Okay, before I start my actual review, I should probably make a confession. I am not a fan of psychological thrillers, which is crazy considering I went to school for many years to obtain my MS in Psychology. Often times, I find myself over-analyzing, instead of simply enjoying the book....soooooo I typically avoid most things that hint at having a psychological foundation. This is one instance that I'm glad to have gone against my "better" judgement.

I feel like we all probably have that one (th
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well,slow ominous build where yes she was awfull still but you thought where’s the crazy behaviours and then ,well there are many
Loved how not just focused on them three but the whole village and that gave me hope for the dreaded foreboding
Their were close commections,goodsouls and u cd Only hope they wd come together and fight this controlling abusive character
I have read many like this bout obsessive relationships and this was dark yet strangely at the beginning felt like a cosy mystery
Angela Crawford
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book.

Mother is a psychological horror that shows us the seedy underbelly of a small town cul-de-sac. Peyton Place has nothing on this Snapdragon, Ca street and Prissy makes Mommie Dearest look like a cookie baking sweetheart. Everybody has secrets they don't want to get out and one woman knows most of them. Prissy Martin is evil incarnate as she rules over her neighborhood, church,
Debbi Smith
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I have always enjoyed Tamara Thorns books but this reached an all time high for me.
Prissy,the self-proclaimed matriarch of Morning Glory Circle, is the neighbor that nightmares are made of. If you are looking for a book to make you wonder about YOUR neighborhood be sure to read Mother.
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another really good read from Tamara Thorne. She has quickly become one of my favorites.
Priscilla Martin rules with an iron fist. Her family, neighbors, priests and others are all subjected to her narcissistic, psychopathic demands and expectations. Her daughter, Claire, succeeded in fleeing from her mother's domination a decade ago. But when she and her husband fall on hard times, they must reluctantly move in with Prissy. Claire, now expecting a baby, must navigate the treacherous terrain with her mother, still mourning the older brother she lost to suicide. When an accident puts ...more
Yolanda Renee
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In Mother by Tamara Thorne & Alistair Cross, the adage that “you can’t go home again” becomes the horrifying truth. Jason and Claire Holbrook find themselves in an untenable position. She’s pregnant, he’s a newly disabled pilot with no job. Moving in with the mother, Claire ran away from ten years earlier, was the last thing she wanted to do, but it was the only thing they could do. The only problem, the Femme Fatale from Hell, just also happens to be the Mother from Hell.

A psychological thrille
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
CRAZY! Wow, I was sucked in; disturbing yet incredibly entertaining. Great job!

~ Claire and her husband, Jason, we’re going through tough times. After Jason started suffering seizures, he could no longer work as a pilot. Now that they are expecting their first baby, they have no choice but to move in with Claire’s mother, Peggy. Although Claire hates the idea; she knows better -although many of her memories have been buried. She hasn’t seen her mother in more than a decade, after all. Jason prom
Emi Ham
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2-mehs-out-of-3
So my feelings tpwards this book are mixed, like a love-hate; no, love is too strong- like- hate is more like it.
I hated the narrative, it read like a movie with bad acting; what's that lassie? Timmy fell down the well?
The characters were extremely unlikable; I hated Jason, his character needed to grow some balls.
The plot was good but I felt like it was too much happening at once; priests who don't ask priestly, an over-bearing neighbour, incest, kidnapping. I felt like the authors were trying
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
What did I just read

This book host a cast of almost 40 characters! It's a little confusing in the beginning to keep them all straight since they each have there own sub plot revolving around "mother" aka Prissy.
This book is about one women's diabolical deeds to get what she wants and how it ultimately destroys the community around her. It is extremely well written.
Some parts of the abuse she inflicted on her children is hard to read. Especially the sexual abuse she descended on her son.
Megan Hex
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
WAY better than expected. Big cast of characters that never manages to lose the claustrophobic feeling of Claire's suffering at the hands of her mother. Occasionally drags more than needed to try to build suspense, but overall quite an effective little horror story that is entirely human. Some descriptions of CSA. ...more
Amanda Burton
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Go give your momma a hug...

And thank your lucky stars she's not like Priscilla Martin. If she is, come here and let me give you a hug! This book will play head games with you, and you'll love it. Just keep in mind that you might not know what is lurking behind pretty pastel colors and Astro turf lawns until it's too late...
Shadow Girl
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dirty little secrets...

I couldn't put this book down!
The mysteries, the secrets, the horrors...
It was like the guilty pleasure of reading V.C. Andrews - without the guilt, haha!
It was perfect!
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another big wow to these two authors. Slow building tension ( never boring thou ) and 30 % into the book it goes bang and never stops. Mother definitely deserves a place in the horror hotel. Some draw dropping chapters and overall a fantastic read. Can't get enough of Alistair and Tamara. Two brilliant authors and looking forward to reading another book by these two. ...more
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review to come
Tra Cee
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
She makes Mommy Dearest look like a nursery tale.
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Deliciously disturbing and a satisfying ending.
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very dark and twisted! I couldn't wait to get back to it every night just to see what happened next. ...more
Tam French
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book

Fast paced and very well written. Great characters, even the "evil" one. Fabulous attention to detail...Will be reading more your books!!
Angie Cody
Mar 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
O.M.G.!!! Loved it!!!
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Tamara Thorne has collected ghost stories, true and fictional, since she saw her first Twilight Zone as a tot, and continues to this day. In addition to writing novels and stories of the paranormal, she also writes non-fiction and is an active ghost hunter. She makes her home in southern California with her husband and their feline family and when she’s not writing, can be found haunting ghost tow ...more

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