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A Good Enough Mother Reviews

A Good Enough Mother by Bev Thomas

A Good Enough Mother

Bev Thomas

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1 review

Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication date: 4 Apr 2019
ISBN: 9780571348374

Dr. Ruth Hartland rises to difficult tasks. But today, in the run up to her son Tom's birthday, one question preoccupies her: where did Tom go when he disappeared? When her last patient of the day - a young man suffering from PTSD - arrives at the unit, Ruth is floored.

4 stars out of 5
Francesca Angelini
31 Mar 2019

"a gripping debut thriller"

Thomas’s prose is clear and spare, without unnecessary embellishment. The book does have flaws, though. Some characters are more vessel than human, there for Thomas to explore various psychoanalytic theories. Sometimes, too, the novel feels dangerously close to a therapy lesson — not what we’re here for. Certain parallels between Dan and Ruth’s stories are also forced. Still, it’s a gripping debut that makes you wish more clinical psychologists would become novelists.