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A Mother's Loss: A jaw-dropping page-turner with mind-blowing twists & turns (The Secrets of Suburbia Book 4)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Family binds them together. Lies will tear them apart.

Child psychologist Dr. Karen Marks relates well with her young clients when it comes to loss. After all, she’s no stranger to painful life experiences.

Despite the adversities she’s weathered, Karen works hard to serve Chicago’s troubled youth. But maintaining the perfect façade becomes impossible when the past crawls
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published June 27th 2019
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ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.

This is the fourth book in the The Secrets of Suburbia Series, I read the first one but not two or three, there is no need to. Book four is amazing as a stand alone novel. I love Jo Crow's writing style and he has written another four star book.

I read a lot of psychological
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
It started out well and the story stayed interesting, so in that respect it was a page turner. The suspense was a little lacking and for me their were no jaw dropping twists. The editing could have been better - April is born in May but further mention is made of her being born in August, and just when the story is building up speed the author stops for the main character, who at this point is fearing for the life of her daughter, to admire how a house was renovated.
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The main character in this book is Dr Karen Marks, a well-established child psychologist. She was married with two children, but lost her husband to cancer a few years before and her son when he was only seventeen. She blames herself for her son’s death, having been too busy having some fun of her own to take him to his match and he died in a car accident. She only has a daughter left and finds it hard to be as close as she would like. Karen had rich parents who only thought of how society would ...more
LeTresa Payne
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I will rate A Mother's Loss by Jo Crow 4/5 stars. This was my first read by this author. Dr. Karen Marks, a Chicago children's psychiatrist, has made many mistakes in her life, one mainly involving the death of one of her twins, a son named Luke. Plagued with memories of an affair and a rendezvous with her lover on the afternoon her son was killed, Dr. Marks tries to help as many children as she can live long and meaningful lives... There's only one problem... Someone wants her to suffer. Suffer ...more
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: psychological procedural, thriller, suspense, romance fans
Recommended to Molly by: Booksprout, Bookbub
Dr. Karen Marks suffered a variety of blows. A date rape at 18. The trauma of surrendering the result of that assault, rather than aborting her as her father had demanded. Discovering that her husband Graham was gay. Their mutual affairs. The loss of a son, while his twin sister survived.

Yet someone has decided that she has not suffered enough. Sudden rumors come up about Graham and assaults on female students. A former friend admits an affair with Graham, and that her son is their son. Karen he
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Don't let the title of the book make you think the story is about grief and loss, it's not. This is a great thrilling story of a mother who gave up her child conceived by rape. She's grieving the loss of her son in an accident and the loss of her husband from cancer. Child psychologist Dr. Karen Marks can relate well with younger clients dealing with loss. She's experienced so much of it herself so she works hard serving the troubled youth of Chicago.

Then she has to deal with the past that is t
Katrece Nelson
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
First, I just want to talk about how the Goodreads description is a bit misinformed. Her son actually died in a car accident and wasn’t just missing. His death actually plays a major roll in this book because she blames herself as do a lot of other people and they aren’t too far off base.

This is my 4th Jo Crow book and I hate to say this but this was my least favorite book. Each one so far seemed to be growing with improvement and suspense. This one I just couldn’t get on board with because of p
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Booksprout and Jo Crow for providing me with an ARC of A Mother’s Loss in exchange for an honest review. This is the second book by Jo Crow that I have read, and I enjoyed this book so much more than the first. This book focused on Dr. Karen Marks, a child psychiatrist whose past life and mistakes are starting to catch up to her. An affair that she blames for the death of her son, and a rape at 18 that resulted in her giving up the child weigh heavily on her. Now, it seems as if someon ...more
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
Although this isn't my favorite book by Jo Crow, it was still a good read. It really points out how every little decision you make in life can have a ripple effect for years to come. I don't really like the ending of the book. I just think after all the build up of the story, there should have been a harsher ending. It's amazing how the characters went so far to seek revenge. I don't like spoilers, so please excuse the generic review. If you want to read a book that makes you want to skip to the ...more
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, hidden-gems-arc
I received this book as an ARC from Hidden Gems in exchange for my review.

This book was ok. Nothing great, nothing terrible. Just ok. I didn't feel like it was necessarily all that different than other books with similar topics. Nothing felt new or different. I've never lost a child (though I did come close) but books like these just seem so very whiney. It really annoys me. FOr a change, I'd like to see the book where the character is working through her healing rather than wallowing in saddnes
Jamie Brydone-Jack
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you didn't look and know that this is a thriller, the title of this book could make you think it is about grief and adjusting to loss. But, no, this is a psychological thriller that starts a little slowly as it sets the scene for the heroine’s life as a child psychologist who works with very troubled people. Her own life begins to unravel, and her past comes back to haunt her. How will she deal with this? The book is well written with some surprising twists and a suspenseful build to an unexp ...more
KL Cassanello
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
H.O.L.Y. C.O.W!!! Karen, a child psychiatrist in Chicago, lost her son in a car accident 10 years ago, and her husband to cancer five years ago. She has a nice quiet life and a thriving practice, and her daughter lives nearby. When her deceased husband is accused of sexual misconduct involving former students, her life heads into a downward spiral. The bright spot is when she reconnects with the daughter she gave up for adoption when she was 18. Stranger things begin to happen, and Karen begins ...more
Sandra Lopez
Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it
A child therapist and a mother still mourning her son’s death ten years ago. Dr. Karen Marks has moved on since then, but her newest patient seems to be the exact replica of her son. Suddenly, old wounds are re-opened and pain has found its way back to her heart.

Told in a diary narrative, story transitions between past and present. We learn that Karen was in the middle of an affair—lying between the sheets with a man that wasn’t her husband—when she heard about her son’s accident. On top of the
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Karen is a child psychologist who has buried a son and a husband. Allegations come out against her husband 5 years after his death and she takes on a new patient that looks just like her son. As Karen works to fight the allegations, her new patient brings out a part of her past that she never expected. Her practice begins to fall apart due to the allegations, she is so involved with the new patient, and her daughter drinks too much. Karen is about ready to fall apart.

This was such a great story
Pamela Kelley
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best psychological suspense thrillers I have read this year. I did not know who the suspect was until the end of the book it was that well written! It deals with a woman who suffers an immeasurable loss by losing a child, a husband and the heartache of giving up a baby at 18 for adoption. She is a psychologist and has learned to deal with other people’s problems and hide hers inside. The book take us on a roller coaster ride of suspense and intrigue. It will keep you guessing till the ...more
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story has some triggers in it due to the topics discussed. It’s a brilliantly written psychological thriller that sees Karen, the main female lead character, going through so much turmoil. She’s already had a tough life that she uses for good to help her understand and reach her clients. But someone thinks she needs to suffer some more and sets about making her suffer. The plot is intriguing and kept me guessing. This is a really wonderful book to read.

I received a free copy of this book vi
Margie Shaw
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Author Jo Crow is a master at writing suspense/thrillers. After having read her other books, I knew I was in for a treat. With her flawless writing style, she tells a story that is both realistic and relatable to. It’s about a woman, Dr. Karen Marks, child psychologist, whose life suddenly takes a nose dive. It all stems from secrets and lies that she’s kept from others after suffering both a teenage tragedy and later the loss of her son and husband. The suspense of not knowing who to trust and ...more
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you Booksprout and Jo Crowe for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This is the first book I've read by this author and I will definitely be checking out the others. At first I thought the pace was a little slow but picked up quickly and kept me wanting to continue reading. I thought I knew how it would end but it kept me guessing until the end which is how I love my thrillers.. I recommend this book and will definitely be adding more Jo Crowe to my TBR list.

I receiv
A Good
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another page turner that keeps you guessing. Jo Crow never fails to disappoint and this book sucked me in from the beginning. No spoilers here (because I hate that) but definitely read this one, you won’t regret it. I love how Crow develops characters in an easy manner that allows you to feel connected and relate to them from the beginning.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Engrossing psychological thriller! This novel has many compelling facets to the storyline - family dynamics, marriage challenges, friendships, and careers. All these threads are tightly and expertly woven into a story that will grab your attention and hold you closely in its grip until the last page. Highly recommend!
Jeanne Richardson
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the 2nd book I've read written by Jo Crow; she has done a great job at writing a good book; I can’t wait to read more of her books.

The story line caught my attention at the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire book.

I loved the characters.

I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and I’m voluntarily leaving a review.
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a messed up life, or maybe the life that happened.
I definitely enjoy this book.
The title is a little misleading as she suffered not only as mother but also as wife, woman.
Sometimes you think,how much you can take,how much you can suffer. Lights at the end of the tunnel?
Can’t come fast enough

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Debbi Smith
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not quite what I was expecting, but a very good book nonetheless. It kept me intrigued until the end. I recommend it highly. Perfect for a summer read. Bring the tissues.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Kade Gulluscio
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Holy cow, what amazing twists! This was a page-turner to say the least. A Mother's Loss is a psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.. no lie. check it out!!!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Heather Bane
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a great thrilling book. I really enjoyed reading and it was hard to put down. It’s very well written. I highly recommend.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it, have-read
While I didn't have an "OMG" moment in this book, it was a good story. I personally found it hard to believe that Karen Marks didn't figure some things out on her own being in the profession she is in. I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book from Booksprout and Hidden Gems.
Jul 02, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: own-a-copy
99 cents on Kindle
Cristie Underwood
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Great read. The author wrote a story that was interesting and moved at a pace that kept me engaged. The characters were easy to invest in.
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Jul 05, 2019
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