Stone Mothers

Stone Mothers

Book - 2019 | First U.S. Edition
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Erin Kelly, master of suspense, returns with her next thrilling standalone featuring an abandoned mental asylum and the secrets it holds. Marianne was never supposed to return to town, the town where she grew up in the shadow of the Nazareth Mental Hospital. Her mother may be suffering from dementia nearby, but she had thought she'd left that place, and its dark secrets, behind her. That is, until her husband buys a flat in its newly renovated interior so that she can be close enough to help her mother, and Marianne can't tell him why the place fills her with such dread, she can't risk destroying the careful life she's built. Erin Kelly, the master of suspense, will delight fans with her next thrilling novel of psychological suspense. -- (source of summary not specified)
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2019
Edition: First U.S. Edition
ISBN: 9781250113719
Branch Call Number: FIC KEL
Characteristics: 356 pages ; 25 cm


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Sep 13, 2019

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐

Two can keep a secret when one of us what happens when there are three people involved??? Nothing good!

Marianne has returned to Nusstead to help care for her sick mother. Her sister Colette has shouldered this burden on her own for quite some time, and so Marianne has taken a leave of absence from her job in order to contribute. Her husband surprised her with an apartment at the Park Royal Manor complex...nice except that it’s on the grounds of a former insane asylum and also just happens to be the scene of a memory better left forgotten. Sounds cozy!

As actions, decisions, memories and people from Marianne’s past come back to haunt her, she realizes she must finally put the events of a long ago night behind her...once and for all. But at what cost?? And what actually happened that night?

PROS: Stone Mothers is separated into three sections: 40+ year old Marianne, 17 year old Marianne and Jesse, and then the perspective of another character altogether. While I enjoyed the third section, the first two took a little bit more effort to get through.

CONS: Perhaps the characters were poorly introduced because I had no clue who anyone was for a really long time in this book...meant for some confusing chapters at the beginning. Once I got the hang of who everyone was, the story flowed much better. It’s still quite slow moving so be warned!

YES or NO: It’s a MAYBE - I normally adore anything by Erin Kelly - The Burning Air is one of my all time favorites. This one however, takes a lot of patience and I felt it was less captivating than her usual efforts.

3 Stars

Jun 28, 2019

The Stone Mother’s refers to the sanitariums from the early 19th century. Lies, blackmail and secrets all threaten to come to the light in the background of what passed for psychiatric treatment.


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