Book Review – Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas

Mother-Mother-by-Koren-Zailckas Happy Book Review Friday! Hope all of you are doing well. I was away in Kelowna for a couple days last weekend, so I spent most of my time lazying by the pool and speed reading Mother, Mother, so I could post my review for you today.

The story is based on the Hurst family: Josephine- a narcissistic, manipulative mother, Douglas- an alcoholic, selfish father and their three children; Rose, the oldest and aspiring actress who runs away from home, Violet the middle child who refuses to accept her mother’s abuse and becomes to scapegoat and Will, the youngest son who loves his mother dearly. The story’s point of view switches between Violet and Will throughout the whole story.

I have to admit the story started slow for me and a few chapters in I wasn’t sure I’d be able to finish the full novel. I’m not much of a psychological thrill reader, but by half way the book picked up twisted speed and I was so intrigued to see where it was going to go. I did enjoy the story being told by Violet and Will because they both viewed their mother very differently and it did help keep the suspense because you didn’t know whose perspective to believe. Once the story hit its climatic ending though, I was disappointed with the last few chapters. It jumps ahead by a few years in time and it almost seemed like Zailckas wasn’t sure how to end it, so she quickly jumped forward and tried to end every loose end. It’s hard to explain without ruining the ending, but I think she could have focused more on the aftermath right after the climax rather than right away jumping years in the future.

Overall I’d give her story 3 out of 5 stars. The writing itself was pretty well done; the story was great in the middle but left a little more to be desired in the end. It was entertaining to read about this dysfunctional, twisted Hurst family though it won’t, for me, be a story I carry with me.

If you are into suspense filled stories, I’m not sure this book will entirely satisfy your craving for drama and anticipation, but it was an easy read for sitting and relaxing by the pool.

So another book review complete, I’m off to find my next one on http://www.bloggingforbooks.org. Maybe I will step out of my comfort reading zone a littler further and see what I can find.

Happy reading, happy writing, happy-happy weekend!

❤ Melissa

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