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The Other Mother

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  2,665 ratings  ·  449 reviews
“An atmospheric and harrowing tale, richly literary in complexity but ripe with all the crazed undertones, confusions, and forebodings inherent in the gothic genre. Recommend this riveting, du Maurier–like novel to fans of Jennifer McMahon.” Booklist (starred review)

From the author of the internationally bestselling The Lake of Dead Languages comes a gripping novel about
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Published March 27th 2018 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Diane S ☔
Jan 10, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 A mental institution, journals and a reclusive author, sound intriguing, and this was, had atmosphere in spades. Raced through the first two thirds of the book, another one of those where you ask yourself, who to believe, what exactly is going on? Who is trust worthy, telling the truth? Where was this going?

As many thrillers as I read, it was bound to happen that I read two in a row that I could compare and contrast. That had some elements that were the same, but also many that were differe
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
4.5 stars! This was one crazy, twisty, confusing, wild ride! Wow – was it ever fun!

I was highly intrigued from the start – the characters were fantastic, the atmosphere was vivid and captivating, the plot was engrossing, unpredictable and addictive. This story had me glued to the pages, scratching my head in confusion (in a good way!) at the turn of each chapter. The journal entries were brilliant! The narration was outstanding! My brain was working double-time to try keep up with this clever an
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Should she really have done what she did? That seemed to be the only way to keep her baby.

Daphne married, had a baby, and had Postpartum symptoms that caused her to not be happy and have thoughts of harming the baby.

Daphne attended classes and met a friend, Laurel, in the class whose baby had the same name as her baby, and they became friends.

Their friendship was odd, though, because Laurel would tell stories about things that happened to Daphne and make them her own.

Her husband was supportive
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-2
A twisty psychological thriller that will leave you guessing all the way up until the end. Who should you trust? Who is our narrator, really? And what really happened in the past. In short (no spoilers), a woman is escaping her old life with a baby, going to take a job in a remote town as an archivist. But strange things begin to happen and you’re not sure who to trust! This was an interesting read with so many twists I thought I’d never trust anyone!

Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Enter
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physical-arcs
Man this was a confusing read but I truly mean that as a compliment, I enjoyed every single page of this compulsive read! The confusion was the interesting kind, you know when you’re reading a book and you know the narrator isn’t reliable? It was that type of read, you’re endlessly questioning the characters, their motivations and their integrity.

Let me elaborate more on the confusion for you guys, this is told mainly from Daphne’s point of view both in a straightforward narrative in the present
I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own.
I give the author points for creating a complex plot and confusing the heck out of me at times. More than a few instances had me going "What the hell?" "Is she... isn't she?"

In general I didn't see some of the twists/surprises coming, but I did have thoughts now and then of "Wouldn't it be neat if this happened?" or "Hmm.. if it turns out this way.." A couple times I did guess right so that
When Daphne flees her home, taking very little but her six-month-old daughter, Chloe, she isn't sure what to expect. She's leaving everything behind (including her controlling husband) to work for one of her favorite authors, Schuyler, as an archivist. She'll be living in the shadow of a mental hospital, which Schulyer's late father ran for many years. Daphne hopes this will be a new start and a way to escape both her husband and the dark moods, diagnosed as postpartum mood disorder, she felt wh ...more
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

This non-stop psychological thriller earned four stars from me!

This is one of those books that is more fun to read if you don’t know a lot about the plot before hand. All I am going to say is that this story is about two new moms, both suffering from postpartum depression, who become friends after meeting in a support group. But is it really healthy for them to hang out together, feeding off each other’s fears?

Wow! What a great plot! There is just sooo much packed into
Amanda Morgan
So I was just reading along, enjoying this story of two women who both recently had a baby girl, and both named them Chloe, when I realized that I completely didn't understand what was happening in this book. Man, was this hard to follow. And I really gave it my mostly full attention.

The story starts out interesting enough, and I was intrigued by the descriptions and symptoms of postpartum OCD, but so many things in this book were just too fantastical, too outrageous to really be believable. I t
Claire Thomas
Apr 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Too many twists and turns that made the story seem very unrealistic.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a mental twister! I found it a little confusing at times and I had to stop and really think about some parts of it which makes this brilliant. You won't know which way it's going. A whirl wind of complexities.

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Mary  Carrasco
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Daphne, a new mother, suffers from postpartum depression. She develops a friendship with Laurel, also a new mom, and soon their lives become irrevocably entwined.

This is a story of madness, mistakes and ultimately redemption. Carol Goodman draws a fine line between reality and delusion and throughout the book I wasn't quite sure which side of that line the characters stood. It is a unique, complex plot. I felt that while all the pieces came together in the end, it seemed slightly contrived. That
Kris - My Novelesque Life
2018; William Morrow Paperbacks/HarperCollins Canada
(Review Not on Blog)

This is my second book by Carol Goodman, and she is officially on my must read list. I enjoy the psychological/domestic suspense in a character driven plot. Even when you start to unravel the mystery, you continue to race through the book to see how it all comes together. There were moments in this novel where I wasn't buying some of the things going on, but Goodman kept you caring about the characters and pl
Danni lynn ❤
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
crazy awesome read!
Stacey Camp
Aug 24, 2017 rated it liked it
**3 Goodreads Stars**

Carol Goodman's  The Other Mother is a psychological thriller that explores the difficulties of two new mothers, Laurel and Daphne, who meet at a mother-baby group.

First off, I appreciate that Goodman warned readers at the beginning of the book that it contains discussions of postpartum depression and anxiety, bipolar disorder, and borderline personality disorder.  

Laurel is glamorous, attractive, and seems to have it somewhat altogether after having her baby, Chlöe (with
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I read her book THE LAKE OF DEAD LANGUAGES years ago and absolutely loved it, so I went into this reading experience hoping and expecting to feel the same way. Nada. I did not like this book. Let me repeat - I did not like this book. Without giving anything away, it is about a woman with post-partum anxiety. At first it was interesting and I felt pulled along by the plot, but after awhile (about half way through) the plot was no longer interesting - it was convoluted, ridiculous, confusing, plod ...more
Leslie Lindsay
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Eerie and atmospheric Gothic thriller about motherhood and madness with plenty of twists.

Carol Goodman hooked me years ago with her debut, THE LAKE OF DEAD LANGUAGES, about a girls' boarding school and the unsavory things going on there. And then I was mesmerized by THE GHOST ORCHID and still have images from that book lodged in my mind. So when THE OTHER MOTHER (William Morrow, March 27 2018) came to my attention, I knew I had to read it.

This one is all about postpartum psychosis, but there's
Diana Iozzia
“The Other Mother”
Written by Carol Goodman

I opened up “The Other Mother” during a sick day, gross with the stomach flu. At first, I thought I was really confused by the premise, because my head was foggy from fever, from chills, from the flu. After I became better, I still am not entirely sure what I read.

I am a fan of the book you don’t understand until the final twist, the book you have to read three times in a row to understand. This is reminiscent of “Shutter Island”, “A Cure for Wellness”,
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of psychological thrillers and I was extremely happy to come upon this gem. I was very much into the book, but after the unexpected twist in the middle of the story - I was not able to put this book down.

After giving birth, Daphne Marist starts to experience postpartum depression. Her husband Peter suggest for Daphne to attend a support group for postpartum anxiety, that's where she meets Laurel. Two new moms find a bond and become very close friends. However, this does not last
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was ok

Two women, Laurel and Daphne, with babies both named Chloe, meet in a support group for women suffering from postpartum depression. Their identities slowly merge and one is later found dead in her bathtub. One of them ends up at a mental hospital where she initially began work as an archivist and is later a patient claiming to be the one who is allegedly dead.

I found it very confusing to follow this plot and its alternating points of view from Laurel/Daphne. Adding to the necessary suspension o
Bridget Vollmer
Eagerly waiting for this to come out! Love Carol Goodman

Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing

What a roller coaster ride! I won’t rehash the plot because I would be afraid of giving away some of the plot twists by accident, and there are a lot of them. I was never quite sure what was going on, who was who, and who to trust. This book is the definition of a psychological thriller, given that part of it takes place in a mental institution. The narrator is the quintessential “unreliable narrator”...or is she? At some points you’re not quite sure who the narrator is.
The book is supremely at
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After the birth of her daughter, Chloe, Daphne Marist began having intrusive thoughts about harming her. Diagnosed with Post-Partum Mood Disorder, she joined a mother's support group where she met Laurel Hobbes and became friends with her. A few months later, something caused Daphne to flee with Chloe. Using a false name and credentials (Laurel's) she accepted a live-in job located near an asylum... and hoped her controlling husband wouldn't be able to find her.

What I liked:

I spent a great deal
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to William Morrow and TLC Book Tours for the advanced copy! Check out my blog for more about the author.

This was my introduction to Carol Goodman, and I had heard great things about her writing. THE OTHER MOTHER did not disappoint. This had a great pacing to it and kept me engaged throughout the read. We dive into some mental illness and obsession.

Daphne and her infant daughter, Chloe, arrive at the home of her new employer. The home is hidden in the Catskills and the mansion looks idyll
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: publisher-sent
I was in the mood for a psychological thriller and boy, did I get one! The Other Mother by Carol Goodman is about the entwined stories of two mothers-- Daphne and Laurel. I don't really want to say too much other than Daphne is suffering from post partum depression and likely psychosis to some degree and joins a mother's support group. She meets Laurel there who seems to get it together, and both their baby girls have the same name, Chloe. They become friends, but then things start to become ver ...more
Nancy McFarlane
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Daphne and Laurel are new mothers – both suffering from postpartum depression and a history of other mental illness in their past, or so we are led to believe. They meet at a group to help new mothers and even though the two couldn’t be more different they become close friends. Daphne idolizes Laurel and Laurel takes Daphne under her wings to help improve her. In the process Daphne looks and acts more and more like Laurel. The story is told in first person by Daphne and then with journal entries ...more
Donna Hines
Explosive, Confusing, and Chilling all wrapped into one or shall I say multiple personas.
This was amazing.
Beginning with Daphne Marist and her journal writing we see a friendship forming around one main connection - children- specifically named the same, "Chloe" with Laurel.
At a group meeting they are each others rock yet it's ironic in a sense that Laurel would be the 'encourager' when she was the most 'suicidal' and the one suffering the most.
Or so we believe but as in the current set up we l
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
An interesting psychological thriller that involves the toic of postpartum depression and how hard it is for mothers who suffer from it. Two women met at a support group after their husbands encouraged them to attend knowing that they were suffering from postpartum depression and afraid for how this might affect their care of their newborns. As they get to know one another they discover that they are both librarians and they both have daughters named Chloe. Medications meant to help can leave th ...more
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
I just could not get interested in this book. I had to force myself to keep reading it.
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Carol Goodman is the author of The Lake of Dead Languages, The Seduction of Water, which won the Hammett Prize, and The Widow's House, which won the Mary Higgins Clark Award. She is also the co-author, with her husband Lee Slonimsky, of the Watchtower fantasy trilogy. Her work has appeared in such journals as The Greensboro Review, Literal Latte, The Midwest Quarterly, and Other Voices. After grad ...more

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