The Other Mother by Carol Goodman

The Other Mother

“An atmospheric and harrowing tale, richly literary in complexity but ripe with all the crazed undertones, confusions, and forebodings inherent in the gothic genre. Recommend this riveting, du Maurier–like novel to fans of Jennifer McMahon.” — Booklist (starred review)From the author of the internationally bestselling The Lake of Dead Languages comes a gripping novel about madness, motherhood, love, and trust.When Daphne Marist and her in...

Details The Other Mother

TitleThe Other Mother
Release DateMar 27th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreFiction, Thriller, Mystery

Reviews The Other Mother

  • Diane S ☔
    3.5 A mental institution, journals and a reclusive author, sound intriguing, and this was, had atmosphere in spades. Raced through the first two thirds of the book, another one of those where you ask yourself, who to believe, what exactly is going on? Who is trust worthy, telling the truth? Where was this going? As many thrillers as I read, it was bound to happen that I read two in a row that I could compare and contrast. That had some elements t...
  • Lindsay
    4.5 stars! This was one crazy, twisty, confusing, wild ride! Wow – was it ever fun!I was highly intrigued from the start – the characters were fantastic, the atmosphere was vivid and captivating, the plot was engrossing, unpredictable and addictive. This story had me glued to the pages, scratching my head in confusion (in a good way!) at the turn of each chapter. The journal entries were brilliant! The narration was outstanding! My brain was ...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Should she really have done what she did? That seemed to be the only way to keep her baby.Daphne married, had a baby, and had Postpartum symptoms that caused her to not be happy and have thoughts of harming the baby. Daphne attended classes and met a friend, Laurel, in the class whose baby had the same name as her baby, and they became friends.Their friendship was odd, though, because Laurel would tell stories about things that happened to Daphne...
  • TL
    I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own. ----I give the author points for creating a complex plot and confusing the heck out of me at times. More than a few instances had me going "What the hell?" "Is she... isn't she?"In general I didn't see some of the twists/surprises coming, but I did have thoughts now and then of "Wouldn't it be neat if this happened?" or "Hmm.. if it turns out th...
  • Amy
    Man this was a confusing read but I truly mean that as a compliment, I enjoyed every single page of this compulsive read! The confusion was the interesting kind, you know when you’re reading a book and you know the narrator isn’t reliable? It was that type of read, you’re endlessly questioning the characters, their motivations and their integrity.Let me elaborate more on the confusion for you guys, this is told mainly from Daphne’s point ...
  • Kristy
    When Daphne flees her home, taking very little but her six-month-old daughter, Chloe, she isn't sure what to expect. She's leaving everything behind (including her controlling husband) to work for one of her favorite authors, Schuyler, as an archivist. She'll be living in the shadow of a mental hospital, which Schulyer's late father ran for many years. Daphne hopes this will be a new start and a way to escape both her husband and the dark moods, ...
  • Mary Carrasco
    Daphne, a new mother, suffers from postpartum depression. She develops a friendship with Laurel, also a new mom, and soon their lives become irrevocably entwined.This is a story of madness, mistakes and ultimately redemption. Carol Goodman draws a fine line between reality and delusion and throughout the book I wasn't quite sure which side of that line the characters stood. It is a unique, complex plot. I felt that while all the pieces came toget...
  • Jessica
    Thanks to William Morrow and TLC Book Tours for the advanced copy! Check out my blog for more about the author. This was my introduction to Carol Goodman, and I had heard great things about her writing. THE OTHER MOTHER did not disappoint. This had a great pacing to it and kept me engaged throughout the read. We dive into some mental illness and obsession.Daphne and her infant daughter, Chloe, arrive at the home of her new employer. The home is h...
  • Diana Iozzia
    “The Other Mother”Written by Carol GoodmanI opened up “The Other Mother” during a sick day, gross with the stomach flu. At first, I thought I was really confused by the premise, because my head was foggy from fever, from chills, from the flu. After I became better, I still am not entirely sure what I read.I am a fan of the book you don’t understand until the final twist, the book you have to read three times in a row to understand. This...
  • Katie
    Too many twists and turns that made the story seem very unrealistic.
  • Betty
    After the birth of her daughter, Chloe, Daphne Marist began having intrusive thoughts about harming her. Diagnosed with Post-Partum Mood Disorder, she joined a mother's support group where she met Laurel Hobbes and became friends with her. A few months later, something caused Daphne to flee with Chloe. Using a false name and credentials (Laurel's) she accepted a live-in job located near an asylum... and hoped her controlling husband wouldn't be a...
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    I was in the mood for a psychological thriller and boy, did I get one! The Other Mother by Carol Goodman is about the entwined stories of two mothers-- Daphne and Laurel. I don't really want to say too much other than Daphne is suffering from post partum depression and likely psychosis to some degree and joins a mother's support group. She meets Laurel there who seems to get it together, and both their baby girls have the same name, Chloe. They b...
  • Caryn
    Full review on my blog:
  • Alina
    I am a huge fan of psychological thrillers and I was extremely happy to come upon this gem. I was very much into the book, but after the unexpected twist in the middle of the story - I was not able to put this book down.After giving birth, Daphne Marist starts to experience postpartum depression. Her husband Peter suggest for Daphne to attend a support group for postpartum anxiety, that's where she meets Laurel. Two new moms find a bond and becom...
  • Stacey Camp
    **3 Goodreads Stars**Carol Goodman's  The Other Mother is a psychological thriller that explores the difficulties of two new mothers, Laurel and Daphne, who meet at a mother-baby group.First off, I appreciate that Goodman warned readers at the beginning of the book that it contains discussions of postpartum depression and anxiety, bipolar disorder, and borderline personality disorder.  Laurel is glamorous, attractive, and seems to have it som...
  • Wendy
    I enjoyed this book a lot. One of the things I liked about it was that I truly couldn't predict what would happen next: the plot was new and surprising, without being twisty-for-its-own-sake. My other favorite aspect of this book was the very interesting inclusion of characters with, and discussion of, various mental disorders. I work in the mental health field and have encountered people with pretty much all the diagnoses mentioned -- bipolar di...
  • Cindy
    3.5 stars. Two new mothers, Daphne and Laurel, meet at a mothers group to help with their postpartum depression. A strange strong friendship develops. The story takes you for a ride from past to present, from reality to delusions. My head was spinning trying to figure out who was who and what was what. This story was quite the psychological burn and not until the very end does any of this suspenseful, twisty and twisted tale make any sense! Or do...
  • Elizabeth S
    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I'm glad I read The Other Mother, even if my thoughts on this book are mixed, because it felt both like a complete mess and way too tidy all at once.This may come down to the fact that I haven't read that many thrillers before, and thus I don't know what to expect from the genre on the whole as much as from a small array of well-tailored books.In short, The Other Mother was not about what I expected, a...
  • Asheley
    The Other Mother by Carol Goodman is one crazy ride and I was hooked from the first page. This is the story of a new mother, Daphne, that befriends another new mother, Laurel, at a support group. Both of these women have been dealing with thoughts that they’re uncomfortable with, certainly along the lines of postpartum depression. Rather than thinking that the support group has been helpful to them, they believe that they are improving since th...
  • Tracy Thomas
    Thank you to William Morrow Books #partner For the free book. Below is my honest review, and all opinions are my own. I rate this book a 3.75 Stars out of 5.First and foremost, I want to thank the author for the trigger warning on the first page of this book. I have yet to see an author do that, so I applaud you Carol Goodman. I had never heard of  Postpartum Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, prior to reading this book. So thank you again for shed...
  • Beth
    Part I of THE OTHER MOTHER is Daphne, who has a 6-month-old baby named Chloe, talking about her new friend, Laurel, who also has a baby named Chloё. (Note the special character on the “ё” in Laurel’s baby’s name.) It is some year in the 2000s. Interspersed with these first-person accounts are pages of Daphne’s journal from the 1970s. Every character (Daphne’s husband, Laurel, her husband, even Daphne, herself) may not be who they se...
  • Cheryl
    I was into this book. I started it at night, which was not a good idea. This is because I was already half way through the book before I had to make myself put it down to get some sleep. Yet, I was right back picking up the book as soon as I could. When it came to Daphne; she was fine. If she had not been dealing with the mental health issue then, she would have been an average person. I am not saying that the mental health issue made her more in...
  • Maggie Holmes
    Thanks to Edelweiss + for this prepub. Goodman does a wonderful job with this psychological thriller. She shows us 3 different women and their various psychological issues through the diaries and the first person narration of --- well, who is this woman that's telling the story? And who are the good guys and bad guys in this? The spooky housekeeper who is too good with women? The mental hospital doctor? Either or both of the husbands? The writer ...
  • Stephen
    A little different kind of novel than I usually read... of a Gothic novel. Story of Daphne Marist and all the mind bending things that happen with the birth of her first child, Chloe. She is constantly worrying and imagining all the things right and wrong that are going on in her life with the baby and her husband, Peter. She now has a best friend , Laurel Hobbes, who also just gave birth to a baby girl named Chloe! Daphne's life is chaos but muc...
  • Maria
    Another winner from literary suspense writer Carol Goodman, though some of the plot was confusing. Warning: it involves difficult situations of postpartum psychosis. But, as Goodman states in an interview at the end of the book, this issue needs to be discussed without blame or shame.
  • Agatha Donkar
    Carol Goodman's stuff is always strange, but this was exceptionally weird. The nature of the story requires all the narrators to be unreliable, but the extent of the unreliability made my head hurt. I liked it a great deal, I thought it was incredibly well put together in spite of the huge number of twists, but it made my head heart.
  • Julie Busa
    It was okay. I found it very confusing. Thank you to Librarything and William Morrow Publishing for this advance reader copy.
  • Susan
    I love me a spooky psychological thriller with Gothic undertones and Carol Goodman usually delivers just that. Her newest is a creepy mind twister that kept me wondering what in the world was really going on. The first 3/4 of the book offers a taut story that's confusing but also compelling. Its ending, though, seemed far-fetched and contrived. Overall, I enjoyed this one (and stayed up WAAYYY too late finishing it); it's not, however, my favorit...
  • Mandie
    To say that I enjoyed The Other Mother is an understatement... I devoured it. The multiple twists and turns kept so me glued to the pages that I had to be reminded to go to bed, twice. Motherhood has always freaked me out a little bit, so I found this book leaving one me both schooled and horrified. I loved every minute of it though. Bravo!