Mother Synopsis: A Girl’s Worst Nightmare is Her Mother …
Priscilla Martin. She’s the diva of Morning Glory Circle and a driving force in the quaint California town of Snapdragon. Overseer of garage sales and neighborhood Christmas decorations, she is widely admired. But few people know the real woman behind the perfectly coiffed hair and Opium perfume.
Family is Forever. And Ever and Ever …
No one escapes Prissy’s watchful eye. No one that is, except her son, who committed suicide many years ago, and her daughter, Claire, who left home more than a decade past and hasn’t spoken to her since. But now, Priscilla’s daughter and son-in-law have fallen on hard times. Expecting their first child, the couple is forced to move back … And Prissy is there to welcome them home with open arms … and to reclaim her broken family.
The Past Isn’t Always as Bad as You Remember. Sometimes it’s Worse …
Claire has terrible memories of her mother, but now it seems Priscilla has mended her ways. When a cache of vile family secrets is uncovered, Claire struggles to determine fact from fiction, and her husband, Jason, begins to wonder who the monster really is. Lives are in danger – and Claire and Jason must face a horrifying truth … a truth that may destroy them … and will forever change their definition of “Mother.” – Goodreads
Initially, Mother was a bit hard to sink into. I’d read a few pages, then go read a few pages of something else. This went on until I was about 25 percent into the book, but then things started getting freaky / creepy, and it hooked me, and I read another 55 percent in one sitting. Considering this is a 538 page book, that was a fairly decent chunk. Finally, I had to go to bed, I didn’t have a choice. It was ridiculously hard to put the book down to go to sleep.
The Morning Glory Circle Cul-de-Sac and all the happenings therein are so well-laid out that you see everything perfectly in your mind’s eye. The authors do a great job of pulling back the layers so that it slowly goes from this looking like almost a Stepford Wives community to revealing that it’s nothing like that underneath the surface. The characters are very believable, and they even make some of the basic drama-queening of old biddies seem entertaining. I have a distinct aversion to soap-operas, and I still found myself happily snarking as I read.
I can’t address Mother herself without giving too much away, but I will say that the authors have created a character much like Annie Wilkes from Stephen King’s Misery. The woman’s crazy just makes your skin crawl, sinks into your psyche, and gives you an inherent distrust of people who look and act like her. Prissy – Priscilla Martin – could teach shady politicians how to do their jobs. It just gets more intense as everything unravels around her.
Overall, this was an entertaining read that I think many horror lovers will go crazy over. The only problem I really have with it is that it’s a bit too long. Certain portions just felt drug out to the point that I found myself antsy to get past them. The ending was pretty near perfect, though, and I’m very pleased with my first read from authors Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross.