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The Other Mothers

af Katherine Faulkner

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Fiction. Literature. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:The author of the "twisty, fast-paced" (The Sunday Times, London) Greenwich Park returns with a fresh and deftly paced thriller about murder, class, and motherhood in an exclusive London community.
When a young nanny is found dead in mysterious circumstances, new mom, Tash, is intrigued. She has been searching for a story to launch her career as a freelance journalist. But she has also been searching for something elsenew friends to help her navigate motherhood.

She sees them at her son's new playgroup. The other mothers. A group of sleek, sophisticated women who live in a neighborhood of tree-lined avenues and stunning houses. The sort of mothers Tash herself would like to be. When the mothers welcome her into their circle, Tash discovers the kind of life she has always dreamt oftheir elegant London townhouses a far cry from her cramped basement flat and endless bills. She is quickly swept up into their wealthy world via coffees, cocktails, and playdates.

But when another young woman is found dead, it's clear there's much more to the community than meets the eye. The more Tash investigates, the more she's led uncomfortably close to the other mothers. Are these women really her friends? Or is there another, more dangerous reason why she has been so quickly accepted into their exclusive world? Who, exactly, is investigating who?
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We listened to the audiobook, so I'm not sure how the book read. However., the start was slow and we were tempted to stop but glad we didn't. Good stor. ( )
  kmmsb459 | Jul 4, 2024 |
The story begins with police questioning Tash about a death she witnessed. It then goes back and is told in alternating timelines between Tash and Sophie. Tash is a journalist, and new mother of Finn, married to Tom, a doctor. Sophie is a nanny, who is found dead. Tash is asked to investigate Sophie's death, saying it was murder.
Tash is enamored with "the other mothers" group, who have nice homes and are wealthy, as she and Tom are dreaming of a home of their own. These moms suggest that Tash stay clear of another mom. Tash asks questions about Sophie, but they are evasive.
Now there is another death, and Tash has a dilemma about what she should say/do.
OK mystery, I didn't really care about any of the characters, as they weren't likeable! ( )
  rmarcin | Feb 2, 2024 |
Tash is a journalist who recently quit her job to start free-lancing. The projects aren’t exactly rolling in so when she hears about the mysterious death of an area nanny, she decides to investigate and write an article about it.

Tash puts her son in a playgroup (it seems in England playgroup is what we call preschool or mother’s day out in the US) and finds she is envious of the other mothers’ seemingly perfect, lavish lifestyles. When they invite her into their inner circle, she feels special but also like a bit of an imposter. Her husband is a doctor, so they don’t have enough money to keep up with the Jones’s as it were. (I guess in England, being a physician isn’t a high paying career like it is here!) As Tash gets further into her investigation of the nanny’s death, she starts to wonder if the women in her playgroup know something they aren’t telling her.

The Other Mothers was so good! I had high hopes going in because the description gave Stepford Wives vibes and that’s one of my favorite books. I was not disappointed! There were so many twists – this book was expertly plotted. I want to go back and read it again. I feel like I felt after I read Gone Girl – just amazed at how everything came together at the end. The Other Mothers definitely has earned a spot on my favorite thrillers list! Now I must read Katherine Faulkner’s other book Greenwich Park. If it’s even half as good as The Other Mothers, it’ll be great! ( )
  mcelhra | Jan 25, 2024 |
Both of this author's domestic thrillers (her debut was Greenwich Park, and Faulkner shows no sign of sophomore slump) have been chock full o' red herrings and they're so well written! In this one, freelance reporter Natasha (“Tash”) is a new mom with a finicky little boy who she can use all the help she can get from a bunch of wealthy mothers she meets at day care. Her husband Tom is a doctor, as is one of the moms, and they don't get along, for reasons that gain importance as the story progresses. Tash's insecurities about motherhood and her dismay at losing her job lead her into investigating the drowning of a young nanny, who turns out to be wrapped tightly into the mom group and their husbands. It's un-putdownable from the first pages, with a clever ending that forces us to decide how well we know Tash, a likable and reliable narrator - to a point. ( )
  froxgirl | Dec 24, 2023 |
Keep you friends close and your enemies closer.

Tash is a mom to an adorable 3 year old who is having a hard time leaving her for school. She sees a posh mom group with their perfect appearances and well adjusted children and envies them. They eventually bring her into their fold. Secrets are as bold as the coffee they share and Tash soon learns the price is high to be friends with this group. She is trying to make a go as a freelance journalist but finds herself looking into the murder of a local nanny. She is caught up in a web of lies. Be careful what you wish for.

There are so many twists and turns that you might just get whiplash. A definite slow burn for me, especially at the beginning. Once I carved out time to read it moved faster. Characters were self centered, entitled and I found it difficult to relate to. Dads behaving badly and moms not wanting to let go of their posh lifestyle. I can understand Tash’s want/need to fit in and her concern for her son, but not at the cost of her family. Far fetched, definitely but it’s like watching your favorite guilty pleasure, you just can’t look away. The ending was somewhat of a letdown. Dual time line and story line which made the story move faster. I had a hard time remembering the backstory of the characters/couples, and I’m not sure why. I will definitely read this author again and plan to go back and read her first book. I did enjoy her writing style. This author knows how to spin a story. I recommend this book if you love twists and turns, this story will definitely keep you guessing! I love the cover art, it really captures to feel of the book.

Thanks to Gallery Books and NetGalley for this ARC. This is my honest opinion. ( )
  LoriKBoyd | Dec 7, 2023 |
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Fiction. Literature. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:The author of the "twisty, fast-paced" (The Sunday Times, London) Greenwich Park returns with a fresh and deftly paced thriller about murder, class, and motherhood in an exclusive London community.
When a young nanny is found dead in mysterious circumstances, new mom, Tash, is intrigued. She has been searching for a story to launch her career as a freelance journalist. But she has also been searching for something elsenew friends to help her navigate motherhood.

She sees them at her son's new playgroup. The other mothers. A group of sleek, sophisticated women who live in a neighborhood of tree-lined avenues and stunning houses. The sort of mothers Tash herself would like to be. When the mothers welcome her into their circle, Tash discovers the kind of life she has always dreamt oftheir elegant London townhouses a far cry from her cramped basement flat and endless bills. She is quickly swept up into their wealthy world via coffees, cocktails, and playdates.

But when another young woman is found dead, it's clear there's much more to the community than meets the eye. The more Tash investigates, the more she's led uncomfortably close to the other mothers. Are these women really her friends? Or is there another, more dangerous reason why she has been so quickly accepted into their exclusive world? Who, exactly, is investigating who?

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