An electrifying debut novel about what happens when the one who should love you the most becomes your worst enemy. Sure to appeal to fans of GONE GIRL and WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN
Meet the Hurst Family.
Meet Violet Hurst -16 years old, beautiful and brilliant. So why is she being accused of being a danger to herself and others?
Meet her brother Will Hurst – the smartest and sweetest twelve-year old boy around. But does he really need all that medication he is being told to take?
Meet oldest sister Rose – the one who got away. She disappeared one night in her final year of school, never to be heard from again.
‘Tense, shocking and terrifyingly good’ Closer
‘A dark and witty novel’ Company
‘Unputdownable. An extraordinary book’ Elizabeth Forbes, author of Nearest Thing to Crazy
If you liked We Need to Talk About Kevin, this spiky, disconcerting debut novel is for you.’ Glamour
‘Superbly paced and structured, with dialogue worthy of Lena Dunham, Mother, Mother is an engrossing, and ﬁnally shocking, read.’ Guardian
‘Josephine is a chillingly, convincing self-centered narcissist. The very different ways that the three children are threatened by their ‘perfect’ mother and fight to survive her attentions make this an original and cleverly paced psychological thriller’ Daily Mail
About the author
Koren Zailckas is an internationally bestselling writer, and has contributed to the Guardian, U.S. News & World Report, Glamour, Jane and Seventeen magazine. She currently lives with her family in the Catskills mountains of New York.
This is a riveting fiction debut from Zailckas, whose bestselling memoirs Smashed and Fury portrayed the author as a young woman ravaged by alcohol addiction and anger. Never mind that Zailckas explores some of the same disturbing territory here. It's the kind of book that keeps you up at night, featuring a mother to rival Medea or Mrs. Bates. Violet, the dysfunctional Hurst family's stoner middle child, cannot remember which family member slashed her 12-year-old brother Will the night she overdosed on some strange seeds. But her mother, Josephine, blames her, and has her committed to a psychiatric hospital. Violet has no idea who to turn to for help: her spineless, alcoholic father, Douglas; her runaway older sister, Rose; or Will, the home-schooled mama's boy. Violet searches for clues relating to Rose's disappearance, but nothing adds up, and every day Will becomes more desperately dependent on Josephine. The shocking and violent denouement shows Zailckas to be a consummate storyteller. Let's hope that when she's used up all her own demons as subject matter, she'll come looking for ours.
Good read. Disturbing but heart warming. Defo recommend
Such a great book with twists and turns.