The Mother – by T M Logan

This book was a great page-turner!

The Mother by T M Logan is a thrilling page-turner that captured my attention right from the start. Despite the author being male, his portrayal of the female perspective was impressive and added a unique depth to the story. In our book club, we all agreed on a solid 4-star rating, with me personally leaning towards a 4.5-star rating.

BLURB

A woman attends a funeral, standing in the shadows and watching in agony as her sons grieve. But she is unable to comfort them – or reveal her secret.

A decade earlier, Heather gets her children ready for bed and awaits the return of her husband Liam, little realising that this is the last night they will spend together as a family. Because tomorrow she will be accused of Liam’s murder.

Ten years ago Heather lost everything. Now she will stop at nothing to clear her name – and to get her children back.

Why I Liked It

This fast-paced and gripping story had me eagerly turning the pages with each scene, showcasing the author’s skill in building tension.

The writing was so engaging that the author pulled me into scenes, where I felt the anxiety of being chased and checking over my shoulder with the protagonist!

I love a story where the female protagonist struggles against the odds, and this book was a perfect fit. Heather is fighting to clear her name after being wrongly convicted of murder. She has completed a ten-year prison sentence and is desperate to get her children back. Her wrongful conviction prompted a great discussion in our book club, speculating how juries reach their verdict, and the recent TV series ‘The Twelve’ which tells the story of each jury member and how their lives affect their court experience. (It stars Sam Neill and is worth watching!)

While the book excelled in character development and engaging storytelling, I found myself yearning for more vivid visual descriptions of the main characters. However, this minor flaw did not detract from the overall enjoyment of the read.

SUMMARY

The plot of The Mother offered a refreshing take on the thriller genre, steering clear of cliches and culminating in a surprising and satisfying twist at the end. The author skillfully tied up all loose ends, leaving me with a sense of closure and contentment.

As a newcomer to T M Logan’s work, I was thoroughly impressed and am eager to explore more of his work in the future. If you’re in search of a gripping and well-written novel with a strong female lead, I wholeheartedly recommend adding The Mother to your reading list. Trust me – this is a book you won’t want to miss!