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The Mother Paperback – 22 Feb 2017

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As emotionally satisfying as it is simply constructed, The Mother tells the tale of every woman's worst nightmare: losing a child, then having to face in court the man accused of murdering that child (Mail on Sunday Event Magazine)

Skilfully plotted and heart-wrenching (Stylist)

Thrilling, tense and poignant (Heat)

A compelling novel that gets into the head of a mother attending the trial of the boy accused of murdering her son. Her story gathers momentum and tension until the final verdict (Woman & Home)

A harrowing tale of a mother's grief where nothing is certain (Essentials Magazine)

A powerful book that will cut you to the quick (Sun)

A wonderfully vivid and arresting portrait of a mother facing up to the ultimate horror (Scotsman Magazine)

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Marcia Williams thought she knew her son. She thought he was safe. She was wrong.

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  • Reading level: 18+ years
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan UK; Main Market Ed. edition (22 February 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447294548
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447294542
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,18,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I haven’t heard of Yvvette Edwards before. But I couldn’t help but get this book the moment I read it’s synopsis. We follow a mother,Marcia Williams, as she prepares for the first day of the trial of her son’s murdered. Her son, Ryan, was murdered senselessly by Tyson Manley (what an appropriate name!) and she cannot understand why and worse than that, she cannot understand how, another 16 year old boy, the same age her son was, can be coldhearted and calculating, the complete opposite of him! As she goes through each day of the trial, with grief counselling and with the help of some amazing people around her, the one person she needs to connect with the most, her husband, is pulling away. It’s obvious that he is hurting and doesn’t know how to deal with it but she is starting to suspect that he has completely given up on like and she cant bear that thought.

The story from beginning to end is hard to put down. Not it isn’t fast paced, on the contrary it’s agonisingly slow but not because the pacing was bad or the writing was off, it was sow because you simply wanted to know what happened faster. And each one is filled with a mother’s struggle to understand and deal with what is happening in her life. No, this isn’t a sad book, it is a meaningful one and an important one. One that shows that no, it isn’t just police brutality we must pay attention to, there is violence everywhere and we just don’t notice till it’s too late.

Marcia as a character is very recognisable to all of us. If we aren’t like her we certainly know someone who is and this makes the book all the more terrifying. To think that there is this woman we recognise, we are familiar with, whose son died just because someone decided to put a knife in him.
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From the moment I started reading this book, I was sure that I would be cherishing this book for a life time. This book holds a really special place in my heart, the characters, the story; everything about this book is so much more than just a piece of fiction.

The book begins with Marcia delving in grief of losing her only son Ryan, Marcia is a strong and brave woman who wants justice for her dead son, who is killed by Tyson Manley. Her Courage to punish the murderer of her son leads her into attending the trial of Tyson Manley. Though she seeks support in her sister and police officer Nipa, as the trial proceeds she knows that it’s way more difficult to go through this than she had initially thought. With every page turned I was hooked to the story more than the previous page. The writing is brilliant, loved the unfolding of events and the different angles in which the same incident is provided by the witness of the murder. The motive of murder and the motive of the murderer for doing so and being in jail is itself a “Collateral Damage” as stated by the convicts mother.

The story is so much more than a mere trial of a juvenile boy and the unfolding of all the events in between the on-going trial are so written that I couldn’t keep the book down. This novel is written brilliantly and the story itself is devastating and heartwarming at the same time.

After reading this novel I thanked my parents for the way I am raised and that too in such a safe environment, this actually made me Google some similar cases in which the novel is based and the results are heart breaking.

P.S: This novel made me realize that I love reading courtroom dramas more than anything.

Thanks a lot to the publisher for providing me with the review copy.

Rating: 5/5 *
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I have been taking so many breaks in between posting reviews that I turn out to be detached from it for a long time. But I have picked myself up again because I have read some great books which I believe have the right to be reviewed. SO HERE IT IS...The first book I read in the middle of last month - The Mother.This book had me all emotional. 

The story is about a mother, Marcia, whose child, Ryan has been snatced away from her cruely. As a result, her calm, polite husband has become frail and weak, his self confidence lowering gradually, their marriage collapsing. She desperately wants to know the reason that forced her dear son to get mudered. He was a sweetheart, who couldn't imagine even hurting anyone. Then why? Where did it all go wrong?

The story captured her journey towards the truth. As time passes and secrets unravel, the girl, Sweetie, whom she never approvedfor her boy, turns out to be not that rough, spoilt, cheap one she used to seem but someone for whom Marcia develops a liking. And moreover, Sweetie mother's a child whose father could possibly be Ryan's and this little speck of hope.

They all fight their way through the rough path and face the murderer, Tyson. A story that will break the reader's heart but will again pick up the pieces and give a new meaning to become stronger.

The story is one which teaches lessons worth remembering. Have you ever felt you emotions going numb? Feeling nothing? This book breaks that wall, makes the heart ache, makes one want to cry. A journey of hope, pain, numbness, wrath, love and new beginnings.
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