Mother, Mother: A Review

Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas


Josephine Hurst has her family under control. With two beautiful daughters, a brilliantly intelligent son, a tech-guru of a husband and a historical landmark home, her life is picture perfect. She has everything she wants; all she has to do is keep it that way. But living in this matriarch’s determinedly cheerful, yet subtly controlling domain hasn’t been easy for her family, and when her oldest daughter, Rose, runs off with a mysterious boyfriend, Josephine tightens her grip, gradually turning her flawless home into a darker sort of prison. 

Resentful of her sister’s newfound freedom, Violet turns to eastern philosophy, hallucinogenic drugs, and extreme fasting, eventually landing herself in the psych ward. Meanwhile, her brother Will shrinks further into a world of self-doubt. Recently diagnosed with Aspergers and epilepsy, he’s separated from the other kids around town and is homeschooled to ensure his safety. Their father, Douglas, finds resolve in the bottom of the bottle—an addict craving his own chance to escape. Josephine struggles to maintain the family’s impeccable fa├žade, but when a violent incident leads to a visit from child protective services, the truth about the Hursts might finally be revealed.


Mother, Mother is a frightening read. It was a disgusting and traumatic book. The book for me starts fast, it got me sucked in as Young Violet is being put into a psych ward. She is just coming down from a high. Her family has blamed her for a violent act toward her brother.

Everything about that night points to her mother. To me it’s just crazy what this mother does. The book gave me the chills. I loved the characters both very different, one is Violet, trying to figure out why her mother does these things. The other is Will, slowly following in his mothers foot steps. Will is the example of a person following someone no matter what. I went in between really hoping the best for him and then just hating him.

One of the major points in the book is Violet trying to find out what happened to her older sister Rose. Has she left them for a boyfriend, kidnapped, dead? Until she gets letters, and text messages from her. The bad part in this book is sometimes it could get predictable but still creepy. I wish the ending would of given more clarity, or just continued I wanted to know more when it was over.   

If you are interested in reading Mother, Mother, you can visit Koren at her website and read a preview of Mother, Mother or check out any of her other work. http://korenzailckas.com





I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review

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