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Saturday, 22 November 2014

The Perfect Mother: A Novel by Nina Darnton

The Perfect Mother: A NovelThe Perfect Mother: A Novel by Nina Darnton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jennifer's daughter Emma is in terrible trouble, she is living in Spain and is subject to Spain's laws.

Jennifer's husband is a Lawyer but not adverse in Spanish law. He wants to be with Emma and Jennifer in Spain to support them but he cannot due to his pull of work to his clients. He has cases himself to see to, plus, he needs to keep making money now that its needed for his wife to remain in Spain to support their daughter.

Jennifer has always prided herself on being a good Mother, a Perfect Mother. She gave up her career to stay at home with the children. At the moment she knows that relatives are looking after her other two children at home and her husband when he is around.

The thing is, Jennifer has always taken charge of situations when its come to the children and she is no different now. Things unfold not only regards the alleged crime that their daughter has been suspected in but also the flaws in her relationship with her daughter, and her husband. Maybe she is not the Perfect Mother she thought she was?

All kinds of things come to light about Emma.

This is quite a page turner for me, and the ending was sharp, very sharp in that I didn't expect what happened.

The detectives, the law enforcement officers and all characters that Jennifer came in contact with became very real to me.

As for the style of writing this author has, I loved it. The story flowed so well, and like I say, it kept my interest from beginning right until the last word written.

Highly recommended.

I would like to thank PENGUIN GROUP Plume via Net Galley for allowing me a copy to read and review.

When an American exchange student is accused of murder, her mother will stop at nothing to save her

A midnight phone call shatters Jennifer Lewis’s carefully orchestrated life. Her daughter, Emma, who’s studying abroad in Spain, has been arrested after the brutal murder of nanother student. Jennifer rushes to her side, certain the arrest is a terrible mistake and determined to do whatever is necessary to bring Emma home. But as she begins to investigate the crime, she starts to wonder whether she ever really knew her daughter. The police charge Emma, and the press leaps on the story, exaggerating every sordid detail. One by one, Emma’s defense team, her father, and finally even Jennifer begin to have doubts.
  A novel of harrowing emotional suspense, The Perfect Mother probes the dark side of parenthood and the complicated bond between mothers and daughters.


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