• Hardcover: 256 pages
• Publisher: Amistad (May 10, 2016)
From the critically acclaimed author of A Cupboard Full of Coats comes a provocative novel of a mother enduring the loss of her child, illuminating some of the most important and troubling issues of our time.
Marcia’s husband, Lloydie, expresses his tender love for his wife each morning by preparing a cup of tea and setting it by her bedside. This routine was part of the wonderful, secure life they had built, complete with a brilliant and handsome sixteen-year-old son, Ryan.
Then the unimaginable happens, and in a single moment Marcia is stripped clean of everything she had presumed was hers for keeps. Ryan, not the kind of boy to find himself on the wrong end of a knife, is brutally murdered. Consumed by grief and rage, she is forced to carry the weight of the family’s pain. She has to assume the role of supporter for her inconsolable husband, who has distanced himself and created a secret life. She must also bridle her dark feelings and endure something no mother should ever have to experience: she must go to court alone for the trial of her son’s killer, Tyson, another teenage boy. As the trial takes apart her son’s life and reassembles it in front of strangers, Marcia, always certain of Ryan’s virtues, finds her beliefs and assumptions challenged as she learns more about her son’s death and of Tyson’s life.
The Mother is a moving portrait of love, tragedy, and survival—and of the aftershocks from a momentary act of cruel violence that transforms the lives of everyone it touches.
Happy Monday everyone! Thanks for stopping in on my stop on the blog tour for The Mother by Yvvette Edwards. Thank you to the author, TLC Book Tours and the publisher Amistad for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for my honest review of it.
The Mother is a contemporary novel about a woman whose son was murdered. It follows the events of the trial, her struggle with her grief and her failing marriage, and her quest to learn to the truth behind her sons murder.
When I read the description of this book, I couldn’t wait to read it. It is definitely a book unlike any that I have read before. Although it was a fictional read, the perspective that the book is written in gave it a very personal, intimate feel. It felt like an exploration of someone’s journey with and through grief. It was heartbreaking to read about how she was struggling with his death and also to read about her troubled marriage and how they were affecting her both in spirit and also her physical body.
Halfway through I wasn’t sure how this book was going to end and whether or not I was going to like it overall but it actually went in a direction that was completely different than I expected and I really liked it. It was really affecting, emotional and there was also a couple of moments where my heart definitely skipped a few beats. The ending was pretty emotional for me…I didn’t cry but I definitely got that “I feel like I’m about to cry” feeling. Didn’t expect that at all!
I really enjoyed my read of this book, I actually couldn’t put it down and read it in a day so it is a pretty fast read. I am giving this book a four star review since I really liked it and would recommend it!
About Yvette Edwards
Yvvette Edwards, the author of the highly praised A Cupboard Full of Coats, has lived in London all her life. She resides in the East End and is married with three daughters and a stepson. The Mother is her second novel.