Her love for her daughter is everything
Her love for him is deadly
Cath had twenty-five perfect days with her newborn daughter before Mia's deadly illness was diagnosed.
As her life implodes, Cath’s despair drives her to a parental support group where she meets a father in a similar situation, the dangerously attractive Richard – charming, handsome and adamant that a cure for their children lies just over the horizon: everything Cath wants to believe.
Their affair – and the chance to escape reality – is unavoidable, but carries catastrophic consequences: the nature of Mia’s illness means that Cath’s betrayal endangers not just her marriage but the life of her baby.
Can she stop herself before it’s too late?
My review of Mother
This book is so raw and full of heartache, that I felt every single word, every single emotion. It's a beautiful book and one that made me question my role as mother, as nurturer, as provider. Cath's story is raw, is real and is grounded in humanity. It's a remarkable book.
This book is exquisitely written, and it was fairly obvious to me from the very beginning that this author was writing from a real life perspective. This was why the writing felt so authentic, as it was rooted in reality. The writing flows, allowing us to follow Cath's story, as her life takes a completely different path to the one she had mapped out before her.
"Cath had twenty-five perfect days with her newborn daughter before Mia's deadly illness was diagnosed." The lines stayed with me throughout the book as they sum up perfectly the essence of this story, that deals with Cath coming to terms with, and then accepting and adapting to her daughters disability. Her approach is to fiercely protect her daughter, to become that Mana bear, but at what cost to herself and, her daughter and her marriage?
This then leads onto Cath's infidelity. Her affair with Richard made absolute sense to me, although I wanted to scream at her to stop what she was doing, as it was so self-destructive. The intensity of this relationship and her need for Richard to make everything ok was seeped into every page. Coupled with this were the references to Cath's previous mental health, and I found myself feeling incredibly sorry for this woman, and wishing that her life would get back on track.
It's just so difficult to explain just how powerful Mother is, and the impact it will have on those caring for a seriously ill or disabled child. It's stark, at times harsh, but ultimately it is very real and full of hope. Highly recommended.
With thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the Advanced Review Copy.
Mother was published on 26 July by Harper Collins.