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Stone Mothers Reviews

Stone Mothers by Erin Kelly

Stone Mothers

Erin Kelly

3.57 out of 5

3 reviews

Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publication date: 4 Apr 2019
ISBN: 9781444797312

The stunning new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of HE SAID/SHE SAID.

4 stars out of 5
Laura Wilson
26 Apr 2019

"atmospheric and poignant"

The past is also threatening to catch up with Marianne Thackeray, protagonist of Erin Kelly’s Stone Mothers. As a teenager in Suffolk, she allowed her then boyfriend, Jesse, to bully her into blackmail...

With some uncomfortable truths about class divisions and how we care for those with mental health issues, Stone Mothers is atmospheric and poignant.


4 stars out of 5
Alison Flood
23 Apr 2019

"providing a genuinely surprising twist that turns assumptions neatly on their heads"

Twisting back through time, Stone Mothers is the story of how a covered-up murder will never lie quietly and a terrifying indictment of how the mentally ill were once treated. “The Victorians used to call their mental hospitals stone mothers… They had such faith in architecture back then that they thought the design of the building could literally nurse the sick back to health,” says Marianne, now a respected academic. Kelly goes on to show just how wrong this was, providing a genuinely surprising twist that turns assumptions neatly on their heads.

3 stars out of 5
21 Apr 2019


Kelly got the balance right between compulsive story line and compelling ideas in He Said/She Said, but here the plot isn’t very suspenseful (or convincing) and seems too subordinate to such themes as changes in the treatment of mental illness across 50 years.