On my blog today, I’m taking part in the blog tour for the chilling debut novel by Abby Davies, Mother Loves Me.
One little girl.
Mirabelle’s mother loves her. She’s her ‘little doll’. Mother dresses her, paints her face, and plaits her hair. But as Mirabelle grows, the dresses no longer fit quite as well, the face paint no longer looks quite so pretty. And Mother isn’t happy.
Two little girls.
On Mirabelle’s 13th birthday, Mother arrives home with a present – a new sister, 5-year-old Clarabelle, who Mother has rescued from the outside world.
But Mother only needs one.
As it dawns on Mirabelle that there is a new ‘little doll’ in her house, she also realizes that her life isn’t what she thought it was. And that dolls often end up on the scrap heap…
I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get round to reading Mother Loves Me by Abby Davies. I’d heard a lot of good things about this book, and I can say, now that I’ve read it, that it’s one of the most chilling and gripping crime thriller’s I’ve read. It is also very creepy, and it felt very claustrophobic. Abby Davies is such a talented writer. I’ll definitely be reading whatever she writes next.
This is a very dark book. Abby Davies introduces us to Mirabelle. She is kept cooped up in her mother’s house. She has been warned about the dangers of going outside. Mirabelle knows she can’t go into the light and has to keep to the shadows, believing that the light will kill her if she does. The only person Mirabelle has for company is her mother. Her mother means everything to her, but she can also be cruel and terrifying, especially if Mirabelle does something to upset her. And soon, everything is turned upside down when her mother brings a little girl home, Clarabelle, who is to be Mirabelle’s sister. But something isn’t quite right, and Clarabelle says things that makes Mirabelle question everything she thought she knew about her life and her Mother.
It was so tense as Mirabelle began to ask questions about her life and her mother. It constantly felt as though she was walking around on eggshells as she looked for answers. I kept expecting something terrible to happen to her, the closer she got to the truth. I wanted her to find out the truth about her past. It made me wonder what had happened, and I was desperate to find out the answers myself. Abby Davies is a writer who knows how to keep the tension turning up a notch. The writing was so taut as the novel raced towards its conclusion.
Mother is such a twisted character. I was never quite sure how she was going to react whenever Mirabelle spoke to her. She was terrifying, but I also wanted to know more about her life. I wanted to know what had made her into the woman that she is today.
If you’re looking for your next psychological thriller and if you love a creepy book full of suspense, I highly recommend Mother Loves Me. Once you start reading this book, you won’t want to put it down! I loved it!
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication date: 6th August 2020
Print length: 301 pages
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