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Dear Mother: A gripping and emotional story that will make you sob your heart out by Angela Marsons

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List Price: £7.99


Paperback: 266 Pages.

Published: 01 February 2014 by Bookouture

ISBN: 1786810425

EAN: 9781786810427

After their death of the cruel and abusive mother, estranged sisters Alex, Catherine and Beth reunite once again.

Alex, the youngest, is a bitter, unhappy woman who refuses to face the horrors of her childhood. Finding solace in a bottle, her life is spiralling dangerously out of control.

Eldest child, Catherine, has strived for success, despite her difficult upbringing. But behind the carefully constructed facade lies a secret that could shatter her world forever.

Beth, the middle child, bore the greatest burden. But having blocked out the cruelty they suffered, she remained with their mother until her death. Now she must confront the devastating reality of the past.

Brought together as strangers, the sisters embark on a painful journey to heal themselves and each other. Can they finally put their terrible childhoods to rest and start over?


3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

A bit too passive for me

This isn't a thriller or suspense story but an emotional tale of three sisters and their differing reactions to parental abuse. When their mother dies the estranged sisters come together and have to face what has happened to them and also the different responses of their siblings. The book is mostly told from the point of view of one sister.

It is not really the fault of the book, but I was expecting a story with more actual action and in which the characters are more proactive. This is because this author writes excellent crime novels which I very much enjoy. This book was very passive. The book tells you what happens and we observe events but all action is internal and emotional and not external. I did think that the emotional journey for some of the characters was quite unbelievably easy although as I have not been in this position I may be mistaken.

This is an easy read and you can get very involved if you want. If you are expecting a more typical Angela Marsons' book with lots of action, investigation and clever plotting then you are going to be disappointed. I didn't feel that there was much about this book to make it any different for many other family dramas. I received an advance copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley.

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