We Were Mothers by Katie Sise

We Were Mothers

A brilliant, twisty novel about a missing woman, an unfaithful husband, and the dark secrets that will destroy two perfect families.A scandalous revelation is about to devastate a picturesque town where the houses are immaculate and the neighborhoods are tightly knit. Devoted mother Cora O’Connell has found the journal of her friend Laurel’s daughter—a beautiful college student who lives next door—revealing an illicit encounter. Hours lat...

Details We Were Mothers

TitleWe Were Mothers
Release DateOct 1st, 2018
PublisherLittle A
GenreFiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Reviews We Were Mothers

  • Kendall
    So... I was going back and forth between a 2 and a 3 star for this one. BUT, I've been told that apparently I'm very critical of my books and am hard to please SO... I'm looking at the positives of this one my friends :) This reminded me a little bit of Big Little Lies but unfortunately fell flat to that comparison. But, I loved the neighborhood mamma drama scene here and love the neighborhood gossip! :) If you love the lies, gossip, and drama wi...
  • PinkAmy loves 💕 books📖, cats😻 and naps🛏
    1.5 STARSLately I’ve done a terrible job choosing free Prime First Reads from Amazon. My enjoyment of WE WERE MOTHERS was one star, but I think Katie Sise’s novel is better than my enjoyment of it.Told from multiple points of view WE WERE MOTHERS is full of characters I didn’t care about, heavy on plot of cheating and lies and slow to grab interest. The writing isn’t terrible, but never pulled me in. None of the characters felt unique. Si...
  • Darinda
    Cora and her husband host a birthday party for their two year old twins, and things go downhill quickly afterwards. Cora discovers a journal of her neighbor's daughter that reveals a secret. Soon after, the neighbor's daughter goes missing. As one weekend's events unravel, the lives of multiple families are changed. The story opens with a birthday party for toddlers, where Cora has invited family and friends to celebrate her young children. The g...
  • Barbara
    I struggled this month to choose my free Amazon prime book because there seemed to be several good prospects. I'm slightly kicking myself that I went for 'We Were Mothers' as I found it very ordinary and a bit disappointing. The opening pace was SO slow that I really found myself checking other reviews to see if there was any prospect of it picking up. I would say I was over a third of the way through before it became even slightly interesting. I...
  • Love2Read
    Terrible I felt like I just read a screenplay for a really bad soap opera! It was so bad! I had to skim page after page because the dialogue and plot lines were so far fetched it literally felt like I was in a Days of our Lives storyline. The author has potential but seriously, I feel like I wasted two days on this drivel. Skip this one!
  • Lynda Kelly
    Picked this as my Kindle First offering for the current month. It is VERY well presented indeed, I only spotted a couple of mistakes, which is highly impressive. However, if I'm honest, it's quite a mumsy book and story and I'm not a mother, so it wasn't really my "thing" and at parts I tended to glaze over a little because I just didn't find all that side of things very interesting as I have no experience of that side of life and neither have I ...
  • Melike
    Desperately tries to be Big Little Lies and fails. Awful characters, terrible plot and lousy writing.
  • Lynn Perry
    Author Not Ready For Adult Fiction - Should Stay With YA AudienceMy 1st impression when I started reading was that the language was very stilted/trite. As I got further into the story, I became less pre-occupied by the wording, and more upset with the storyline, which I found inauthentic - almost as if the author's motivation was not to create a good story ( or even to make a buck or two)- but to disgorge a bunch of her own personal ideas of what...
  • Angela Ford
    Dark secrets This is one of those stories that makes my heart hurt. It’s a cross between Desperate Housewives and Big Little Lies with a focus on the deadly power of secrets. Each woman has a secret and they hold it in until everything explodes.
  • Kelly
    It was an easy read that I finished in an afternoon. It definitely held my interest but in the end it just felt like a LOT relative to the length and substance of the book. I’m not sure how to best describe it...
  • Alexandra
    I was blown away by this book! I expected a fluffy summer read, and instead found myself up all night unable to break myself from the suspense. Not least, the setting of this book reminded me a little too much of the small town in which I live. It makes me think twice about my neighbors and friends!
  • Annie
    Cora and Sam. Dash and Laurel. Jade and Jeremy. Sarah and Clarke. Anna and Mira and Asher. And then there's Maggie. You have to absolutely be sure that you get the characters straight because this is one of those books that is told from different points of view. But the one piece that ties all the main characters together is the death of Maggie. This book started out slowly for me but it builds and picks up steam with each chapter. In fact it pic...
  • RedRedtheycallmeRed
    Almost every single man in this book is a dirtbag. I think the detective is probably the only one who wasn't. The blurb is a little misleading, Mira doesn't disappear until the book is almost half over, so it wasn't quite the mystery novel I thought it would be. More like everyone is harboring a lot of secrets.The book is told through four POV: Cora, Sarah, Jade and Laurel. Cora is married to Sam and a mom to twin toddlers. She's very neurotic, a...
  • Kayo
    I debated on the rating I gave this book. The first 3/4 of the book were a solid 5 stars, the last 1/4 dropped it down. It's as though author had to rush to get everything finished to make it work. Overall, still a good book.
  • Laurie Fannin
    The most interesting character dies 1/3 of the way into the book, then it's just interminabe, utterly predictable and has perhaps the most boring main character I have chanced upon in a very long time. She's just plain stupid which makes reading this an exercise in frustration. All the characters are stereotypes and therefore dull. I do not recommend this book. At all. I sped through the last half (it's also way too long for it's flimsy plot) but...
  • Laura
    This book was pretty much a middle of the road experience for me. I’d have given it three stars but the overuse of exclamation points during the first chapter was off-putting. Instead of sounding like an early thirties adult, Cora sounded like an extremely dramatic preteen.
  • Anita !Fajita! Pita
    3.5This was such a roller coaster ride for me. This book jumped between 1 star and probably 4 stars about 4 or 5 times.The twists. There were so many twists. Some I saw coming, some came out of nowhere, and there were even a couple that seemed to be tossed in just for shits and giggles because they didn't add a thing to the story. I'm actually still scratching my head about the key scene that was the start of story here. First off: Cora. This lad...
  • Veronica Parker
    4.5 stars, rounded up to 5WHAT DREW ME TO THE BOOK: This was one option for Amazon Prime First Picks. I ended up selecting this book and then spending the $5 to pre-order another, because I couldn’t decide which I wanted to read more. I chose to get this one instantly because I figured it would be a good summer read. I like the cover, and the intro captured my interest.THE STORY: I didn’t fall right into this book. The plot was slow to start,...
  • Maddie
    I wanted to like this book more, and I was waffling between 2 and 3 stars, but ultimately, I didn't really actually like this book. TL;DR This book was like a rip-off of Big Little Lies, only not as good. ALL the characters were unlikeable, save for Jade and the detective. And not in a Gone Girl-esque, unlikeable but sympathetic and well written way. Cora was the neurotic helicopter mom who lost all identity the second she got pregnant. Laurel an...
  • Ingrid S
    This book got off to a slow start. The author did not create characters that I cared about - they seemed very two-dimensional and anachronistic. They were, by and large, women of great potential who had put their dreams on hold to be housewives. We’re talking medical school dropouts and women with advanced degrees from Ivy League institutions, all living lives of quiet desperation in the affluent suburbs with husbands who bring home the bacon. ...
  • Renee
    I tried pretty hard with this one. Based on the title I was really expecting a drama with angst and love. I got a lot of weird UK sort of slang, no drama, and alternating chapters of past and present with characters too. Gosh it was pure babble. It felt like a teenager trying hard to make their word count higher on a paper that they did no research for. Sadly I got just about 20% and gave upJust hi-lightsA week later, I got my answer when I met t...
  • Dorie
    We Were MothersBy Katie Sise2018An unfaithful man...a missing woman...a weekend of suspense and drama that leaves two families torn apart. There are many characters in this book but it mostly revolves around two neighbors who have been friends for years. The O'Connells and the Madsens. Cora O'Connell finds a journal written by Laurel Madsens daughter that reveals an illicit encounter with her husband, Sam. Hours later she has disappeared.This boo...
  • Dalene W.
    5 stars! This was an excellent book. The characters were all strong and I enjoyed how the book was laid out. I think the book shows how we don't really truly know what goes on in our friend's and neighbor's lives. Well Done!
  • Kelly
    I wanted a book to take on vacation and choose this one from the Amazon Prime Free kindle selection. It was an easy read and I felt accomplished by finishing a book in just a couple days. However the storyline was a little predictable. A few surprises but nothing that left me shocked.
  • Sarah
    3.5 Stars
  • Carly Rifenburg
    End of chapter cliffhangers—loved that. A lot of characters. SO MUCH BAGGAGE. I finished in one sitting. Reminds me of Big Little Lies meets....Days of our Lives😂 Quick easy read.
  • Wendy
    I received this book as a Kindle First Selection. Initially, I thought this was going to be a light, fluffy chick-lit book with a little suspense built it. It starts off that way with the main character, Cora, feeling like she can't measure up to the other women in her upscale town. But things are not what they seem...no one has got it all together. Except for Cora. The book takes a dark turn about a third of the way through and I couldn't put it...
  • Katie
    Kept me readingI was surprised at how it all turned out. It kept me reading though. Great job. Keep up the good work.
  • Claudette Brunelli
    Entertaining quick Sunday readA good read for a Sunday afternoon but not amazing. Plot stayed moving but the story is lacking in character development.