Reviewed by David Savage
I love reading thrillers, especially crime, psychological and suspense thrillers. It is a very popular genre at the moment with lots of established and new authors writing in this style, so it can be quite difficult in picking which book to read next. My choice was made for me when a copy of Erin Kelly’s Stone Mothers (published by Hodder & Stoughton) arrived for review.
Erin Kelly is the bestselling author of He Said/She Said and Broadchurch: The Novel, among others and is a expect at writing novels that keep you in suspense right up to the very end.
Stone Mothers (an old Victorian term for asylums/mental hospitals) is a story of mental illness, blackmail, secrets and murder, set in present day and travelling back through time to slowly reveal more and more of its dark secrets.
Marianne is forced to return to the small town in Suffolk of her childhood when her husband buys an apartment in the redevelopment of an old asylum. She left at the age of 17 after an event which saw her and her boyfriend burying a body. Moving back, the past is about to rear its ugly head when a secret that she and her childhood boyfriend have kept for decades comes back into play, and she will do anything to protect her family.
Overall, Stone Mothers is a very enjoyable read. Starting in the present day and told in four parts, the story goes back through time exploring the different characters and their roles played in the cover up which makes the story. With each chapter, secrets are revealed while masterfully leaving you in suspense about the outcome.
While ultimately a story of a crime, Stone Mothers also explores mental illness and the old institutions, while delving into the social issues surrounding it and the lengths people will take to keep their secrets.
Stone Mothers is a multi-layered story that teases the reader, slowly building the suspense and revealing the twists at the last possible moment. The central characters are great, each with their own flaws that bring a great depth to the story.
I really enjoyed Stone Mothers, it’s was an intriguing story with a good plot and plenty of suspense. Definitely one I would recommend reading. An extremely cleverly written novel.
RRP: £12.99 (Hardback) / £7.99 (Paperback) / £4.99 (Kindle)
Available to buy from Amazon here.