Only a Mother
By Elisabeth Carpenter
Read by Julia Franklin
A domestic psychological thriller for fans of The Widow and Daughter, playing on the morality of the figure who knows a killer better than anyone: their mother.
ONLY A MOTHER
Erica Wright lives a quiet, lonely life in her two-bed end of terrace. Her front door hasn't been graffitied in more than a year but that's soon about to change - her son, Craig, is being released from prison.
COULD BELIEVE HIM
Local journalist, Luke Harding is determined to warn the public. As the person who covered the arrest and trial all those years ago, he knows the kind of predator Craig really is.
COULD BURY THE TRUTH
When Luke's worst fears are realised after a woman is attacked days after Craig's release, he becomes obsessed with trying to prove that Craig was behind it.
COULD FORGIVE WHAT HE HAS DONE.
Erica is worried, too - but how can a mother turn her back on her son? And how far will she go to protect him?
(p) Orion Publishing Group 2018
Libby Carpenter lives in Preston with her family. She completed a BA in English Literature and Language with the Open University in 2011.
Libby was awarded a Northern Writers' New Fiction award, and was longlisted for Yeovil Literary Prize (2015 and 2016) and the MsLexia Women's Novel award (2015). She loves living in the north of England and sets most of her stories in the area, including the novel she is writing at the moment. She currently works as a book keeper.
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27 Dec 2018
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'Only A Mother is brilliantly observed, both tender and heart-breaking, without once flinching from harsh realities. Taking on a traumatic subject, combining realism with drama, is an incredibly difficult task but Carpenter handles it with breath-taking skill. Highly recommended, this is exactly the subject matter that book clubs have been waiting for' — Helen Fields
A refreshing move forward from the sometimes exhausting twists and turns of some psychological thrillers, Only a Mother is nevertheless a real rollercoaster of a read, with an emotionally resonant ending that left me both moved and humbled by the strength of a mother's love. I couldn't put this book down — Charlotte Duckworth author of THE RIVAL
Tense, shocking and terrifyingly believable. Only A Mother turns the psychological thriller on its head, coming at the genre from a wholly original angle. The writing is sharp; the characters complex and compelling; the story skillfully plotted. A fantastic read. — Rebecca Tinnelly, author of NEVER GO THERE
An unsettling, consistently compelling thriller with a terrific sense of foreboding. — B.P Walter, author of A VERSION OF THE TRUTH
Elisabeth Carpenter skilfully portrays a mother's love with unflinching honesty and tenderness. But is it misplaced? I recommend reading this tense and compelling thriller to find out. — Caroline England, author of MY HUSBAND'S LIES