Book Review: ‘A Good Enough Mother: A Novel’ May Be The End Of One Mother

Ruth Harland was married to David and is the mother of twins. A girl Carolyn (who was born first) and Tom. Carolyn grew up being social, had friends and very outgoing. Tom was shy, had barely any friends, was socially awkward and was mothered to much by Ruth. At the age of 17 Tom disappeared. No one knows if he is alive or dead. It’s now a year and a half later and still no word.

Ruth is also a psychotherapist and has been for 25 years. She works with people that have severe issues like Hayler who saw her mother die. And now Dan is her patient. A young man that looks almost like her son. A patient she knows she shouldn’t be treating but does anyway. And that is her big mistake. Soon things go wrong with Dan and Hayley and Ruth finds her personal and professional lives in a lot of trouble and it even leads to murder. Now she must fight to save what’s left of her life.

Author Bev Thomas is a psychotherapist she knows of what she writes. We get a peek into this world and how difficult it is to work with people that have issues. The story is a great thriller with lots of twists and turns to keep the reader compelled until the very end when we also learn the fate of Tom. A good debut novel from a promising new writer.

You can pick up the book in stores on Tuesday, April 30th from Pamela Dorman Books/Viking.

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