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Title:
The other mother
Author:
Goodman, Carol, author.
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Edition:
[Large print ed.]
Publication Information:
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
469 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Summary:
When Daphne Marist and her infant daughter, Chloe, pull up the gravel drive to the home of Daphne's new employer, it feels like they've entered a whole new world. Tucked in the Catskills, the stone mansion looks like something out of a fairy tale, its lush landscaping hiding the view of the mental asylum just beyond its border. Daphne secured the live-in position using an assumed name and fake credentials, telling no one that she's on the run from a controlling husband who has threatened to take her daughter away. Laurel, who also has a daughter named Chloe, is everything Daphne isn't: charismatic, sophisticated, fearless. They immediately form an intense friendship, revealing secrets to one another they thought they'd never share. But Daphne realizes only too late that being friends with Laurel will come at a very shocking price - one that will ultimately lead her to that towering mansion in the Catskills where terrifying, long-hidden truths will finally be revealed...
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781432856120
Format :
Book

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"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 infant daughter, Chloe, pull up the gravel drive to the home of Daphne's new employer, it feels like they've entered a whole new world. Tucked in the Catskills, the stone mansion looks like something out of a fairy tale, its lush landscaping hiding the view of the mental asylum just beyond its border. Daphne secured the live-in position using an assumed name and fake credentials, telling no one that she's on the run from a controlling husband who has threatened to take her daughter away.

Daphne's new life is a far cry from the one she had in Westchester where, just months before, she and her husband welcomed little Chloe. From the start, Daphne tries to be a good mother, but she's plagued by dark moods and intrusive thoughts that convince her she's capable of harming her own daughter. When Daphne is diagnosed with Post Partum Mood Disorder, her downward spiral feels unstoppable--until she meets Laurel Hobbes.

Laurel, who also has a daughter named Chloe, is everything Daphne isn't: charismatic, sophisticated, fearless. They immediately form an intense friendship, revealing secrets to one another they thought they'd never share. Soon, they start to look alike, dress alike, and talk alike, their lives mirroring one another in strange and disturbing ways. But Daphne realizes only too late that being friends with Laurel will come at a very shocking price--one that will ultimately lead her to that towering mansion in the Catskills where terrifying, long-hidden truths will finally be revealed....


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Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Critically acclaimed author Goodman has written more than a dozen novels, often blending various genres with literary fiction. She does so again in the story of Daphne Marist, who is having a difficult time dealing with life after the birth of her daughter, Chloe. Diagnosed with postpartum mood disorder, she joins a support group, where she meets Laurel Hobbes, also lost in a downward spiral since delivering her daughter, coincidentally named Chloë (but with an umlaut). Their burgeoning friendship, extreme fears, and seemingly irrational resentments are related through their journal entries. Daphne eventually becomes obsessed with the idea that her husband is trying to take her baby away, prompting her to assume Laurel's identity, and runs away with Chloë to a towering stone mansion in the Catskills (the one right by the mental asylum!), where she has secured a live-in position. 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.--Murphy, Jane Copyright 2018 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Daphne Marist meets Laurel Hobbes at a new mother's group, where they discover both their babies are named Chloe. This tenuous connection is enough to bring the two women together in the foggy days of new motherhood. The overtones of Greek myth carry on throughout the twisty plot involving mistaken identities, madness, and motherly love. Eventually, Daphne takes Chloe and flees her controlling husband, finding a temporary job as a writer's private secretary under an assumed name. Her employer's country home backs onto a psychiatric hospital, which Daphne's father had once run. This institution looms large both in imagination and reality, especially once Daphne is accused of really being Laurel and is committed as a patient. She begins questioning her own sense of reality, even while finding allies among the staff and other inmates. Goodman's (The Lake of Dead Languages) characteristic gothic elements-an isolated country house, academics, women in danger-meld especially well with the untrustworthy spouses and endangered children of domestic suspense. Secrets from the past are played out just slowly enough to tantalize the reader, but are complex enough to create a believable plot. VERDICT An engaging read that will appeal to readers of Shari Lapena or Michelle Richmond.-Melanie Kindrachuk, Stratford P.L., Ont. © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.