Only a Mother
ONLY A MOTHER . . .
Erica Wright hasn't needed to scrub 'MURDERER' off her house in over a year. Life is almost quiet again. Then her son, Craig, is released from prison, and she knows the quiet is going to be broken.
COULD BELIEVE HIM
Erica has always believed Craig was innocent - despite the lies she told for him years ago - but when
Only a Mother is an edgy, psychological thriller that keeps the reader emotionally taut and suspicious at the turn of every page.
Craig Wright has spent 17 years in jail for the rape and murder of 18-year-old Lucy Sharpe, and there is a cloud of suspicion hanging over him for the unsolved murder of another young woman at the time, Jenna Threlfall. Craig's mother Erica, has never doubted his innocence and has suffered at the hands of the local community all those years, with verbal abuse, ...more
A Must Read for 2019!
Wow oh wow this is my first thriller of the year and Ohhh I Loved it!,
This is one of those books that gets under your skin and won't let go!
I'm not going to delve too much into the plot, as it's far too good to potentially give anything away!
What I will briefly say, is this is a compulsive read about a broken Mother (Erica), who puts all her faith, love and trust in her Son (Craig)
But the problem is her Son was convicted of a horrific rape and ...more
The rounded out characters were so in your face and believable.
Erica the Mother of Craig who was convicted of a crime has always said her son was innocent. Let’s face it, we all would be the same, a friendly lad, a good son, who could imagine such a thing.
Was she right? Or was she wrong to trust her Mothers instincts?
She fell out with her long time best friend over an interview she gave to the papers about her son.
Erica stayed put in ...more
Proper page turner. Full review to follow for the tour.
I have read a few books by this author now and really enjoyed them so I was delighted to be able to get my hands on her latest release – Only a Mother!
I found the book to be well written and I was hooked by the plot line from the outset. I will admit that I guessed the ending and that did affect my enjoyment slightly in that it took away the surprise element as I was just left waiting to see when it would all happen, but I still though it was a really enjo ...more
Oh my god! How have I not read anything by Elisabeth Carpenter before! I have 11 Missed calls on my Kindle and I need to get 99 Red Balloons. But bloody hell, I need to sort this out pronto! I mean WOW what a book!
This book has put me through the wringer completely. I have been wrought with fear, fear what is going to come but it has caused something to happen in my eyes. I mean this liquid came out of my eyes a bit when reading this book and I am sure at one point she may have caused me a bit o ...more
This is, in essence, the story of Erica, a woman who has had to come to terms with the fact that her son is a convicted murderer, a child who, somewhere along the way ...more
I have read both previous books by Elisabeth Carpenter so feel well qualified to say that Only A Mother is her best book so far! I always review in order to spread the book love to other readers but only very rarely do I feel compelled to message an author to tell them how their book has made me feel! There was a point about half way through this book that a simple paragraph hit me so hard that I unbelievably burst into tears! And after staying up late to finish the book last night, I’ve been un ...more
When I was given the opportunity to read Only A Mother I was quick to say yes, not only because of the author but also because the blurb sounded interesting. The idea that your child had committed an awful crime and was in prison isn't a nice one, would you ...more
The title opens with mum Erica Wright dealing with the aftermath of her sons convictions. Between the graffiti and excrement at her door, her life has spiralled out of control. She now lives her life dedicated to proving her son Craig’s innocence.
But is he really so innocent…
‘What I do know, is that my son would never harm anyone’
The novel is told from the point of view of not only Erica, but local Chronicle journalist Luke whom believes Craig will instantly re-offend. ...more
In fact, this is a book I found hard to put down, racing through the final 120 pages in one go. The story is told mostly from two characters' points of view: Erica's in the first person and Luke's in the third. Erica is the mother of Craig, a man who has been i ...more
I have read Elisabeth Carpenter's first two books 99 Red Balloons and 11 missed calls so was interested to read this latest book Only a Mother.
As with the previous books you get to know certain characters really well as the plot opens up. Erica is a Mother certain of her sons innocence but throughout the story his actions make you question his role in the murder 17 years ago.
You also get to know Luke a local newspaper reporter and hearing and seeing th ...more
A mother’s love and protection of her children is something I can relate to. I would do anything for my three sons but if I was faced with Ericas situation in this book I’m not sure how I would react.
Erica is Craig’s mother , he has been in prison for murder. Craig is due for release and although Erica is looking forward to his return she is also apprehensive about sharing her life wi ...more
It is a crime novel, but one that deals with what happens years after the crime. Most of it is told by the viewpoint of either Erica, mother of Craig who has just been released from prison or Luke who is a journalist covering the story of a killer released back into the local area. I found it mesmerising. The abuse that Erica faced daily. Not just vandalism but also the whispers and the isola ...more
Brilliantly written, contains short chapters and fast paced. This was my last read for 2018 and it blew me away. I was well and truelly glued to this book. I think it would make a brilliant film. Just when you think you know all the characters and personalities… BOOM. NO. Flip that upside down… Very impressed.
I absolutely loved Ericas character. All her faith and t ...more
My first Elisabeth Carpenter book and always a delight to find a new Author, Only a Mother spins the tale of a Mother after her son is convicted of a heinous crime.
Erica the Mother of Craig is a tormented soul after the fallout of the events 17 years ago, we pick up the story as she awaits Craig's release from prison.
The book is told from two perspectives of Erica and Luke a local news journalist who covered the events and tr ...more
This book follows Erica Wright, who hasn't needed to scrub 'MURDERER' off her house in over a year. Life is almost quiet again. Then her son, Craig, is released from prison, and she knows the quiet is going to be broken. Erica has always believed Craig was innocent - despite the lies she told for him years ago - but when he ...more
Erica has always stood by her son, Craig, even though he has been in prison for the past 17 years. He was sentenced after being found guilty of a young girl, when he was only 17. He is now being released but not everyone is happy for him to be home. Did Erica do the right thing by standing by her son ? Were all the decisions she made the right ones ?
Erica’s best friend Denise, talked to the newspaper ab ...more
Only a Mother really examines the aftermath of a crime and the ripples that it causes years after the murder was committed. Craig Wright was convicted of the murder of an eighteen year old girl when he was twenty and has been in prison for sevente ...more
ONLY A MOTHER....COULD BELIEVE HIM....COULD BURY THE TRUTH....COULD FORGIVE WHAT HE HAS DONE
Erica Wright hasn't needed to scrub 'MURDERER' off her house in over a year. Life is almost quiet again. Then her son, Craig is released from prison and she know the quiet is going to be broken.
Erica has always believed Craig was innocent - despite the lies she told for him years ago - but when he arrives home, she notices the changes in him. She doesn't recognise her son anymore.
So, when another gir ...more
It is at times an uncomfortable read because you suspect that he was guilty all along and it isn’t until the end that you find out what really happ ...more
While I got the plot and ending pretty early on, I still felt it was an enjoyable read.
Elisabeth lives in Preston, Lancashire with her family. She loves the north of England, setting most of her stories in the area – including the novel she is writing at the moment.
99 Red Balloons was Elisabeth’s debut novel ...more