- 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: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,19,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Mother Paperback – 22 Feb 2017
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Marcia Williams thought she knew her son. She thought he was safe. She was wrong.See all Product description
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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. The author does a brilliant job of driving this point across, that it was absolutely unnecessary but it happens. What I liked the most if the way she plays the character’s prejudices. For instance, Marcia’s sister is one of those people who is constantly on the lookout for racism, so much so that spotting it has become reflex action. Except that she doesn’t spot it in herself and there are times that Marcia has to call her out on it.
And this racism, that she spots so easily, is also there in the courthouse. The jurors have coloured people in the minority and this leaves them at a loss. Because both Ryan and his killer are black, they don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing! While this racism and prejudice that is shown towards coloured people makes you grind your teeth the prejudice that Marcia shows towards the people connecting Ryan to his killer also frustrates you. It’s the struggle of a coloured mother to make sure her son doesn’t mix with the cliché groups that others believe coloured people are usually like and it’s such a tough thing to deal with!
The one thing I had a problem with was the ending. I saw it coming a mile away (the twisty ending I mean) but I don’t have a problem with it. I was expecting it, hoping for it, and it happened. But the actual ending left me feeling lost, without closure. Which I suppose makes sense, the author shows you where she’s headed but I do wish she had said it in black and white so I could shut the book and feel some sense of emotion apart from blankness. But I still recommend it to everyone, especially for fans of Jodi Picoult.
RATING : 3.5/5 Stars
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 *
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.