Words like powerful and intense came to my mind while I was reading the thriller Mother by S.E. Lynes and thinking of ways to review it later, I knew then that I came across a good one. The ebook surprisingly costed only 1 euro. I found the plot original and well executed.
The change in the law in UK in the late ’70’s allowed for biological mothers and their children, who were given for adoption to reach out to one another and possibly reunite, provided both parties were willing. And so that’s what the protagonist, Christopher, having found out that he has been adopted, decides to do. He packs his suitcase and leaves his family home to study and also to secretly look look for his mother.
As many in his age, he tries to define himself, seeks a place in the word that he can call his own. He feeds off the idea of his mother that he has created in his head so much so, that he completely writes off his family. When he finally gets in touch with his biological mother and discovers that she is more than happy to make him a part of her life, he just stops caring for the family he has known his whole life, he finds them incompatible with him; the mother who raised him is understandable hurt.
The story is happening in England, at the same time when Jack the Reaper wreaks havoc and causes panic in the area. Young women are afraid to leave their houses after dark, people are suspicious towards others, not knowing who the monster is.
The narrator remains anonymous throughout the book, right to the very end when she finally reveals her identity. The secret adds to the suspense. It is a book that will keep you turning the pages. Definitely 3 envelopes, pens or scissors from me.
Envelopes, pens or scissors rating
– one of the best books I read
– good read
– disappointed, I thought it was going to be better
– don’t waste your time