Author: Ruby Speechley

Publication Date: November 4, 2020

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Review

A Mother Like You by Ruby Speechley is a great psychological, domestic thriller.

Kate becomes pregnant at 45.  She never wanted kids and seems to have the perfect life. She has the perfect husband, and they co-own a successful company.  When Kate discovers she is pregnant she realizes she wants to keep the baby.  James, Kate’s husband, doesn’t want kids. How will this affect their relationship? Will they decide to keep the baby?

While dealing with the stress of their relationship and what to do about the baby, someone from Kate’s past comes back into her life and threatens her.  Paul blackmails Kate for money. Kate also receives text messages and notes with threats. Paul claims they aren’t from him. Is Paul lying? If Paul isn’t threatening her, then who is? What secret does Paul know?

I was invested in A Mother Like You from the first page.  There is so much family drama and suspense throughout the novel.  I was so curious to see what would happen next.  This story had many unique twists that I didn’t see coming.  Some of these twists were important topics that are not talked about frequently.  While I figured out Kate’s secret, I didn’t figure out James, or Elizabeth’s secrets. Elizabeth is Kate’s mother who she went years without talking to. I enjoyed reading about the difficult relationship between Kate and Elizabeth.  Revelations of secrets really affected their relationship. I liked finding out the secrets and seeing how it affected them.

I really enjoyed reading about Kate and James relationship. They are very career driven and decided neither of them wanted children before they got married.  James is unhappy when he finds out Kate is pregnant. This puts a strain on their relationship. Will James leave Kate if she keeps the baby or will she convince him he wants a baby?

I recommend A Mother Like You to thriller fans.

Thank you NetGalley and Hera Books for A Mother Like You.

About the Author

RUBY SPEECHLEY was born in Lisbon, Portugal, and was brought up in a British-Portuguese family. She has an MA in creative writing from Sheffield Hallam and is a Faber Academy alumna. Her work has been longlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction prize, The Bath Novel Award and Caledonia Novel Award, amongst others. She also won Best Opening Chapter at the York Festival of Writing in 2017. Ruby’s debut novel, Someone Else’s Baby was published by Hera Books in July 2019. It is a chilling psychological thriller about a young woman who becomes a surrogate but finds that her act of kindness comes with devastating consequences. Her second novel, Every Little Secret was published in April 2020.

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