A Good Enough Mother by Bev Thomas
e-book, First Canadian Edition, 352 pages
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Penguin Random House Canada
About the Book:
Ruth Hartland is the director of a trauma therapy unit in London. A psychotherapist with twenty years of experience, she is highly respected in her field. But her family life tells another story: her marriage has fractured and her grown daughter, Caroline, has moved far away to Australia. Most devastatingly, Caroline's twin brother, Tom, has disappeared and has had no contact with anyone for two years. Ruth's fragile son has always been sensitive and anxious, the opposite of his cheerful and resilient sister. She cannot give up hope of finding him, but feels she is living a kind of half-life, waiting for him to return. Then Ruth is assigned a new patient, a young man who bears a striking resemblance to Tom. Ruth is determined to help Dan, but her own complicated feelings and family history cloud her judgement--and professional boundaries, once inviolable, are transgressed. When events spiral out of control, Ruth must confront the unthinkable and reckon with those who truly matter in her life.
I really enjoyed this book and loved how the author fleshes out all her characters so you feel an intimacy with them. You feel you know them by the end of the book. And her insights into human emotions and actions impressed the hell out of me. The best part was the twist and a turn and perhaps another twist. It's not what keeps me reading, but I do look forward to the surprises.
Bev Thomas knows how to create characters who leap off the pages and stay on your mind long after you've read the last chapter. They are all different than the usual, and yet totally believable. I couldn't wait to discover all their secrets and to see how their future unfolded. This was a quick, beautiful read, with issues to get your teeth into and think about - my favourite kind of book.
Thank you NetGalley, Penguin Random House Canada and Bev Thomas for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.