Title: Such a Good Mother
Author: Helen Monks Takhar
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publication Date: 4th August 2022
Rose O’Connell aspires to be the perfect mother.
And when she receives an unexpected invitation into The Circle, an elite clique of beautiful, wealthy and connected mums at her son’s exclusive school, it seems her dreams are about to come true. Every mother would kill for an invitation, and once she joins, Rose’s social status soars.
But what is each woman hiding beneath her immaculate exterior?
Why did a previous member take their own life?
And why have they singled out unassuming Rose to take her place?
Rose is about to find out that darkness lies at the heart of The Circle. And it’s far too late to run…
From the author of That Woman comes a razor-sharp, dark and nail-bitingly gripping new thriller. Dare you enter The Circle?
Such A Good Mother follows Rose O’Conner, a disheartened and struggling mum to a young boy about to start school. Her marriage is not working properly and as the daughter of an infamous local con-artist she feels judged and insecure. When the chance to send her son, Charlie, to an elite and demanding school named The Woolf comes up, Rose resolves to do whatever she has to to get in with a glamorous and exclusive club (The Circle) of other mums who basically rule The Woolf led by the charismatic and frankly terrifying Amala Kaur. As Rose becomes more and more entwined in this dark world of unrealistic perfection and obsessive control she finds herself in a very difficult and dangerous situation.
I really enjoy books that take a look at the darker side of the unyielding strength of motherhood and I was certainly gripped by Rose’s story. I liked the way the author wasn’t afraid to go to some pretty extreme and sinister places. Things get a bit bonkers to be honest as the plot twists and turns but I had to keep turning the pages to see where all the manipulation and scheming ended up! There’s not many likeable characters to be found but they are undeniably darkly fascinating and make for an addictive and intense read!
Huge thanks to HQ for having me on the tour and providing me with a copy of the book. My review is entirely my own honest opinion.
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