Apr 16, 2015

Welsh Week: Motherlove by Thorne Moore

One mother’s need is another’s nightmare * Three mothers / 1990: Heather is horrified to be pregnant again. Gillian is desperate to adopt. Lindy is terrified her baby will be taken from her. In the middle of this longing and pain, a child disappears. * Two babies / Now: Vicky finds out she’s not who she thought she was. Kelly loves her mother. Wanting to help her, she innocently reveals deeply buried secrets.* One desperate woman: Every day a woman goes to a park, still trying to understand an event 22 years earlier that tore her life apart. But all these stories are connected. Can one of them learn the truth without tearing apart the lives of everyone else? A gripping psychological thriller from the author of A Time for Silence: top ten bestselling ebook (The Bookseller); finalist for The People’s Book Prize and Beryl Bainbridge Debut Prize runner-up. Thorne Moore mixes mystery and family drama in this gripping novel of secrets and love.

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It's 1990 and three women are going to have a child that year. Heather is having her second child. Her first is quite a handful, financially it will be even more tough and she isn't ready to have another baby. Lindy is seventeen, she's pregnant and she has a violent boyfriend. She's afraid to have the baby as her child won't be safe with him. He wants her to leave the baby somewhere, but Lindy wants to keep her child. Gillian is desperate to become a mother, but she can't get pregnant. When nothing works she decided she'd like to adopt. She and her husband are living with her mother and that isn't an ideal situation to raise a child, but she wants to have one anyway. 

Two girls find out their mother isn't their real mother. Kelly's mother Roz has a genetic form of diabetes. She needs a new kidney, but Kelly isn't a match. She wants to find the girl who is to see if she has a kidney for Roz. What happened 22 years earlier with the babies on the maternity ward in the hospital, has someone switched them? Vicky finds out that her mother isn't her real mother. Her childhood hasn't been very nice, so she's trying to find the woman who should have raised her. She thinks she knows where to find her, but is this person actually her mother? What happened with both of these girls?

Motherlove is a fantastic fast paced book about three mothers and two girls. Somehow the stories are connected, but how? I couldn't stop reading and couldn't wait to find out what happened. This is such a thrilling read. The story is unusual and really good. Everything clicks at a certain point and behind the gripping part of the story there are also beautiful stories about young women who need to find their way in life. Something went horribly wrong somewhere and that had grave consequences. Eventually the reader will get the missing pieces of the puzzle, I loved how the writer makes that happen. If you like a moving psychological story that will keep you on the edge of your seat you will love this book.

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