Review: A Good Enough Mother

A Good Enough Mother


A riveting page-turner that lets us inside the secret world of therapist and patient, where boundaries get crossed, and events spiral out of control. . .

Ruth Hartland is a psychotherapist with years of experience. But professional skill is no guard against private grief. The mother of grown twins, she is haunted by the fact that her beautiful, difficult, fragile son Tom, a boy who never “fit in,” disappeared a year and a half earlier. She cannot give up hope of finding him, but feels she is living a kind of half-life, waiting for him to return.

Enter a new patient, Dan–unstable and traumatized–who looks exactly like her missing son. She is determined to help him, but soon, her own complicated feelings, about how she has failed her own boy, cloud her professional judgement. And before long, the unthinkable becomes a shattering reality….

An utterly compelling drama with a timebomb at its core, A Good Enough Mother is a brilliant, beautiful story of mothering, and how to let go of the ones we love when we must. 

Rating: 3.5-stars


A Good Enough Mother by Bev Thomas was addictive. It had this dark element that pulled me deeper into it’s chaotic world. A woman who lost her own child is working with a patient that shares the similarities of her own child. It was remarkable. She was tugged closer to pushing away her professional life and step into an unpredictable situation. One bad choice led to another. Before Ruth knew it, she was falling. A mother who lost struggled with the pain of that loss. Then fate brought an unexpected person into her life. From there things got real messy and complicated. I enjoyed reading this new thriller suspense. It was entertaining. The ending and some parts of this were a bit slow and not as engaging as the rest of the book. Otherwise, it would easily would have had 5-stars. Bev Thomas is a good writer and I do look forward to reading more of her work.

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