Title: The Silent Mother
Author: Liz Lawler
Publication Date: October 8, 2021
Page Count: 407
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
The phone rings. It’s the call every parent dreads. My beautiful son is dead.
He’d been the centre of my world from the moment he was born. Now my perfect life is shattered. In the midst of my grief, I receive an anonymous letter telling me that Tom’s death was not an accident.
So I’ve come to the apartment where my only child lived to find out what really happened. Tom was newly qualified as a doctor, he had a bright future ahead of him. Nothing about the day he died makes sense.
As I get to know the medical staff Tom worked with and his friends living nearby, I’m drawn into a tangled web of lies. Whispers and rumours circulate along the hospital corridors and I start to question how well I really knew my precious boy.
But a mother knows when things don’t add up.
His girlfriend has been keeping her pregnancy secret.
His best friend betrayed him in the weeks before Tom’s death.
His neighbours all have something to hide.
Which one of them would kill? As I get closer to the truth, the stakes become more dangerous. And I realise I could be next on their list…
The Silent Mother by Liz Lawler is a thriller novel that is the type that seems to be two stories that come together in the end. This style of course means that the point of view will be changing between the characters and there is also flashes back to an earlier timeline.
Ruth has just been told by her son that he is appearing in court accused of a crime she doesn’t believe he could have ever committed. Waiting at the court Ruth finds out that her son has already pleaded guilty to stealing drugs from the hospital where he worked. This is not the son that Ruth knows.
When Ruth’s son does not appear at the court it’s found that apparently he killed himself unable to deal with his crimes. Devastated Ruth comes up with a plan to move to her son’s apartment and search out the truth behind his death and the crime he was accused of herself.
The Silent Mother by Liz Lawler was a book that for me as a reader had it’s ups and downs along the way. This one seemed to move at a very slow pace in which I’m not a huge fan but the story did interest me to continue reading but felt it could have used some editing down to increase the pace. Personally I was more invested in Ruth’s point of view and think it would have worked just as well without the side story but as it is this one landed at three and a half stars for me.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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