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A Mother's Lie

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,528 Ratings  ·  124 Reviews
When her child’s life is at stake, a mother will do anything to save him.

Clara McNair is running out of time to save her son, James. When the two-year-old is diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, only an experimental treatment can save his life. She desperately needs money to pay for the surgery, but she’ll have to travel back to the site of her darkest memories to g
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ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
Hate made sensible people do terrible things.
This book is told in the first person perspective of Clara McNair and she is a superbly drawn character. I had such empathy with her predicament and her fierce love for her child, simply refusing to give up when he needs special surgery. Clara’s narrative kept me reading, I felt her hope and her loss, her despair and her strength. A mother’s love is unlike any other and it is perfectly captured within these pages.

This was a well written book that ke
This was an interesting premise. I felt the characters were a little too stereotypical. I pegged whodunnit in the first chapter because the language felt stilted and false between two characters. It was a really quick read and certainly enjoyable so I feel that I would read more from this author.
Amber Hassler
Not what I was expecting, but surprised by the twists...

When I came across this book, I was skeptical. I read the synopsis and when it said she had to go back to her past I had originally thought to deal with her parents. I was about to pass on this but kept reading and saw that her parents had disappeared. Okay, something different. Bought it and went right to reading it.
The author did a nice job writing the story. I felt its flow in the words with no hangups. Nicely done. Now, the storyline it
Leslie M.
What would a mother do to save her son’s life? That’s the question Clara McNair must answer. Her son has a tumor disorder and may only have a few months to live. There’s a new drug that could possibly help, but insurance won’t cover it. On top of that, it’s the anniversary of her parents’ disappearance, and people want to talk to her, as she had been a prime suspect. However, she need the money the documentary could provide. Could it end up costing her her life?

There are a few lulls in the actio
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I figured out the killer early on in the book. I found the dialogue stilted and repetitive. I eventually fast forwarded through the book to the near end just to see if my prediction was correct...and it was. I found it ridiculous when Clara was attacked by the masked man supposedly beaten badly and "face planted" that her "friend" and babysitter, Amanda did not notice any injuries. I also found it unrealistic that she didn't share her need for money nor the reason for that need (her dying son's ...more
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gripped My Heart & My Nerves

I really enjoyed this book. So much so that I couldn't' wait to go to bed (where I do most of my reading) to read for another 3-4 hours. 😊 A couple of times I thought I had it figured out, but nope, I didn't. The characters in the book for the most part are believable. Some you like and some, well....not so much. I can't think of anything that I didn't enjoy about the book. This was my first time reading from this author. I will be looking for more from Jo Crow. T
Katrece Nelson
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hidden-gems
How far would a mother go to save her son's life? It's a question every parent hopes they never have to figure out but it's a question Clara McNair faces on a daily basis in A Mother's Lie. Her two year old son has been diagnosed with a tumor disorder that may only give him nine more months to live. A new experimental drug is available but with insurance not covering she's got to find a quick way to make enough money to cover it. Not so luckily her parents disappeared and the ten year anniversar ...more
Henk-Jan van der Klis
Clara McNair tries to do her utmost to save her son James's life. The two-year-old toddler suffers from a brain tumor that's causing seizures. Unless a new uncovered experimental treatment can save James, he'll die within a couple of months. To raise the necessary amount of money she arranged a film crew to shoot a documentary. Clara is thrown back to her own past on the tenth anniversary of her parents' sudden disappearance. When she returns to her family turf the town seems different. Strange ...more
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
Clara McNair has returned, with her 2 year old son James, to Hickory Hills on the 10th anniversary of her parents' disappearance and murder. James is in need of experimental Cancer treatment and to obtain the money she agrees to do a documentary on the murders. And maybe in the process, figure out who murdered them. However, the people of Hickory Hills don't want her there because they have always believed that she committed the murders. What was once a closed case, has now been reopened when th ...more
Susan Angela Wallace
A mother's lie by Jo Crow.
Clara McNair is running out of time to save her son, James. When the two-year-old is diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, only an experimental treatment can save his life. She desperately needs money to pay for the surgery, but she’ll have to travel back to the site of her darkest memories to get it.
a very moving yet shocking read. A fantastic read. read this in one go. Couldn't put it down. 5*.
3.5 Stars

Desperation leads Clara McNair to return to the small town where her reputation is less than stellar and she’s believed to be a murderer.

Clara left Hickory Hills, North Carolina under suspicion ten years ago after the disappearance of her parents.

Now a college-educated single-mom, Clara is desperate to raise the money for her terminally ill son’s treatment and agrees to a documentary back in her hometown about her parents’ disappearance as the tenth anniversary approaches.

However, their
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given an ARC for an unbiased review of A Mother’s Lie by Jo Crow.
What would you be willing to do to save your child’s life? Would you be willing to return to a town that hates you? Return to your childhood home and the scene of your parent’s disappearance; to the location where it was clear your parents were physically tortured and maybe killed? Would you return to a town where law enforcement and most inhabitants hate you because they believe you killed your parents, and even if they don
A Mother's Lie is a psychological thriller with good enough twists to keep you hooked and a writing that you can devour.

The plot follows a mother, Clara McNair's, desperation to fund her only son, James', cancer treatment and is left with no choice but to head back to the town where her parent's had disappeared ten years ago...and she had become a lead suspect then. She's approached to film a documentary in the same house of her hometown, but is once again being pointed at when bones appear t
**I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of the book*** Well I liked the concept of the book. However, the execution needs some work. The cover is amazing and as a mother myself I was eager to see where this little boy was wandering off to.

We follow Clara as she returns to her childhood home in hopes to complete a documentary for funds to get the medical treatment her little boy needs. Returning home isn't so bad... for normal people. As for Clara, the whole town is convinced she is the
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ten years ago, Clara McNair’s parents disappeared and she became the lead suspect, causing her to run away from the whispers and threatening townspeople. Today, she’s back in her hometown recording a documentary in anticipation of the ten year anniversary. Despite the townspeople following her every move and making their desire for her to leave obvious, she sticks with the film in order to make enough money to pay for her two year old son’s, James’, cancer treatment. But when bones are found on ...more
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Clara McNair has returned to her hometown to star in a documentary about the disappearance of her parents 10 years ago. It’s the last thing she wants to do but she needs money for medical treatment for her son James, and they’ll pay her enough to cover those expenses.

Clara knows that most people in Hickory Hills believe she murdered her parents but she was just a wild teenager w
While A Mother's Lie was an enjoyable read, I found it to be pretty average. The story centers around Clara McNair, a young woman revisiting her home town to film a documentary about her parents murder in the hopes of raising enough money to fund an experimental treatment for her ill son. A prime suspect in the case, the town harbors quite a bit of resentment towards her and it soon becomes abundantly clear that someone will do anything to make her go away.

As with most reading experiences, enjoy
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Received this book for free for my honest review.

The start of this book was wonderful and got me hooked. After that it went down hill. Clara was a rebellious teenager who bonded with their housekeepers daughter. They both did things that they weren't proud of, but one night Clara's parents disappeared and Clara moved on to Europe to get away from the accusations that she did something to her parents. After 10 years and a sick child later, Clara comes back home to do a documentary on what happene
Allyson Abu-hajar
I would like to thank NetGalley and Relay Publishing for a free copy.

I was drawn to this book by the excerpt. A desperate mother trying to save her two year old son, who has a rare form of brain cancer.

Clara McNair returns to Hickory Hills, North Carolina to partake in a documentary surrounding the mysterious disappearance of her parents. At eighteen, Clara fled, leaving unanswered questions, and suspicions regarding her. Clara is only back to get money to pay for her son's treatment, but the t
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book

I didn't want to put this book down. The beginning of the story on the very first page I got hook on and didn't want to put the book down

Clara was still in high school when both of her parents mysteriously disappear. As soon as she finish High School she left and went to college.

Now it's 10 years later and she's doing a documentary of her parents 10-year disappearance. Clara have returned back to her hometown. Since she returned to her h
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A very likable suspense story with lovable characters. A really good page turner that will keep you guessing.

Very good character development. I really liked Clara and her adorable son James. both were done very well :-) I did really feel for Clara - being suspected of her parent's murder and all she wanted was to find out the truth.

Definitely kept me reading, had to find out what happened! And, unexpected ending - Good job!

I really enjoyed listening to this from audible. Som
Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was just ok. Rebellious teenager with a terrible reputation loses both parents, whom she adores, to murder; leaves her hometown for 10 years during which time she straightens out, completes college, and has a baby. Baby gets rare cancer and can only survive with experimental treatment which she cannot afford so she agrees to return to her home town to do a TV documentary to raise the money. All hell breaks loose. Everyone, including the police, still think she committed the murders. ...more
Lissa Wells
I received this arc for an honest review.. Although this book is a psychological thriller with a big twist it fell a little flat for me. Clara left her hometown 20 years ago when her parents disappeared. She has a son who has a rare disease and she is offered the chance to do a documentary to help pay for medical expenses, which of course land her back home. Upon her arrival her parents bones are found and examined and all fingers point to her. Clara relies on her one friend Amanda , her only fr ...more
Irida Oosthuizen
I received an ARC egalley from Hidden Gems in exchange for my honest review.
This book is an intriguing thriller full of twists and turns. This story is exploring how far a mother, Clara McNair, would go to save her son's live. In this case return to her hostile hometown to film an documentary about the disappearance of her parents. This event took place 10 years ago and the town and the police department accused her of this horrific crime. Through all the hostilities, she does not only finds the
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very enjoyable book. I liked the cover which is why I first picked it up. It didn't disappoint. This is a great mystery story that has many twists and turns along the way and is not in anyway predictable! Most mysteries these days seem to be pretty predictable but this book took my imagination down many wrong turns and when the mystery is solved it's not anywhere close to where I thought it would end up. The story is also about family and small town living and love. There are heartwar ...more
Denise Goewey
Original story line

Good story line, quite original, but often too wordy in the details, for example taking a whole paragraph to describe lighting a birthday candle with a lighter? Yet some things were left unexplained, such as how did the real killer know what Clara did when she was 8 years old? And I was waiting for the private detective to show up again to rescue her. It had been implied early on in the story. For such a detailed storyline the ending didn't tie up a lot of the loose ends that
Melissa Borsey
Ten years ago Clara's parents disappeared and although there was no evidence, the police and the peolle of the town thought Clara was responsible for murdering her parents. Clara has since returned to her hometown to do a documentary on what is to be the anniversary of her parents disappearance. Clara is doing this for the money because her son needs experimental drugs for his failing health. I thought it was a good mystery. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest ...more
Beth Lechman
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book free from the author for an honest review.

Clare McNair was traumatized at the age of eighteen when both her parents disappeared. The only trace was the tips of their fingers found in a shed on the property. Not knowing what to do she left town and went to Europe to school. Ten years later she has come home to film a documentary about the incident. Strange things happen and Clara may be running for her life. Full of twists and unexpected happening that will keep you guessing
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great tension and a all-time story!

Clara came back to her home town with her deathly ill two year old in order to make a documentary about her parents' deaths... And earn the money she needed for her son's experimental treatment for the deadly brain cancer he had contracted. The trip was fraught with unanticipated trouble because the town had held a fatal hatred of Clara, blaming her for all of the town's woes. As the novel unfolded, more evil deeds were undertaken by the most unexpected people
Intense action, but I struggled with the believability of the story, not so much because of the plot but more on how it was written. Overly dramatic prose for my taste, I think. Even then, it was easy for me to know “who’s done it”, at the part where the antagonist first appeared.

Still merits three stars, if for the great story line... it would have been a 4, or even a 5 if the telling was as great.
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