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'An addictive new talent' Helen Fields ONLY A MOTHER . . . Erica Wright hasn't needed to scrub 'MURDERER' off her house in over a year. Life is almost quiet again. Then her son, Craig, is released from prison, and she knows the quiet is going to be broken. COULD BELIEVE HIM Erica has always believed Craig was innocent - despite the lies she told for him years ago - but when he 'An addictive new talent' Helen Fields ONLY A MOTHER . . . Erica Wright hasn't needed to scrub 'MURDERER' off her house in over a year. Life is almost quiet again. Then her son, Craig, is released from prison, and she knows the quiet is going to be broken. COULD BELIEVE HIM Erica has always believed Craig was innocent - despite the lies she told for him years ago - but when he arrives home, she notices the changes in him. She doesn't recognise her son anymore. COULD LIE FOR HIM So, when another girl goes missing, she starts to question everything. But how can a mother turn her back on her son? And, if she won't, then how far will she go to protect him? COULD BURY THE TRUTH Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, Louise Jensen, Katerina Diamond, Helen Fields and CL Taylor - a hard-hitting psychological thriller told from the fresh perspective of a killer's mother. Readers LOVE Elisabeth Carpenter . . . 'I LOVED 99 Red Balloons. What a rollercoaster of a read! I swear, you could almost SEE the moment when everything clicked into place in my head! A brilliant, tense, pacy read' Lisa Hall, bestselling author of Between Me and You 'Breathtaking' . . . 'Kept me enthralled from start to finish' . . . 'I was hooked from the beginning


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'An addictive new talent' Helen Fields ONLY A MOTHER . . . Erica Wright hasn't needed to scrub 'MURDERER' off her house in over a year. Life is almost quiet again. Then her son, Craig, is released from prison, and she knows the quiet is going to be broken. COULD BELIEVE HIM Erica has always believed Craig was innocent - despite the lies she told for him years ago - but when he 'An addictive new talent' Helen Fields ONLY A MOTHER . . . Erica Wright hasn't needed to scrub 'MURDERER' off her house in over a year. Life is almost quiet again. Then her son, Craig, is released from prison, and she knows the quiet is going to be broken. COULD BELIEVE HIM Erica has always believed Craig was innocent - despite the lies she told for him years ago - but when he arrives home, she notices the changes in him. She doesn't recognise her son anymore. COULD LIE FOR HIM So, when another girl goes missing, she starts to question everything. But how can a mother turn her back on her son? And, if she won't, then how far will she go to protect him? COULD BURY THE TRUTH Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, Louise Jensen, Katerina Diamond, Helen Fields and CL Taylor - a hard-hitting psychological thriller told from the fresh perspective of a killer's mother. Readers LOVE Elisabeth Carpenter . . . 'I LOVED 99 Red Balloons. What a rollercoaster of a read! I swear, you could almost SEE the moment when everything clicked into place in my head! A brilliant, tense, pacy read' Lisa Hall, bestselling author of Between Me and You 'Breathtaking' . . . 'Kept me enthralled from start to finish' . . . 'I was hooked from the beginning

30 review for Only a Mother

  1. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Tinkler (Mamajomakes)

    Erica’s son Craig is about to be released from prison after serving seventeen years for the rape and murder of his girlfriend Lucy. Those long years have had an enormous effect on Erica, she’s suffered verbal and emotional abuse from her neighbours and the people of her town. Craig comes home and instantly he’s breaking his release rules by going out drinking, mixing with teenage girls and hanging out with criminals like his best mate Jason. As Craig’s behaviour becomes more erratic and troublin Erica’s son Craig is about to be released from prison after serving seventeen years for the rape and murder of his girlfriend Lucy. Those long years have had an enormous effect on Erica, she’s suffered verbal and emotional abuse from her neighbours and the people of her town. Craig comes home and instantly he’s breaking his release rules by going out drinking, mixing with teenage girls and hanging out with criminals like his best mate Jason. As Craig’s behaviour becomes more erratic and troubling, it dawns on Erica that she’s scared of her son and that he’s like a stranger to her. She begins to wonder what he’s capable of and whether she’s been wrong all these years to believe that he was innocent. I read this book very quickly as it had me hooked from the first page. The story is fast paced and brilliantly done with the author portraying the characters in a gritty but believable light. Thank you to Orion Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my opinion.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jeanniehay64

    Having read and enjoy 11 missed calls by Elizabeth Carpenter I was looking forward to reading her latest book . A mother’s love and protection of her children is something I can relate to. I would do anything for my three sons but if I was faced with Ericas situation in this book I’m not sure how I would react. Erica is Craig’s mother , he has been in prison for murder. Craig is due for release and although Erica is looking forward to his return she is also apprehensive about sharing her life wi Having read and enjoy 11 missed calls by Elizabeth Carpenter I was looking forward to reading her latest book . A mother’s love and protection of her children is something I can relate to. I would do anything for my three sons but if I was faced with Ericas situation in this book I’m not sure how I would react. Erica is Craig’s mother , he has been in prison for murder. Craig is due for release and although Erica is looking forward to his return she is also apprehensive about sharing her life with Craig, who has undoubtedly changed whilst in prison. Ericas story is beautifully told. The anxiously and helpless she has felt since her son was convicted is heartbreaking. Her belief of his innocence is not shared by anyone in her neighbourhood and she has been the target of hate crime repeatedly. This has led to her being in her own prison , scared to leave her home to face the accusing faces of everyone around her. Luke the newspaper reporter, Jason who is Luke’s childhood friend and his mother are all central to the story, and are wonderful characters. I loved how the narrative of the killer had me guessing could it be Craig or not?? This novel centres on a mother’s worst fears . Can you protect your child? Is someone you have loved and cared for since birth be capable of evil? Can you trust your instincts? The pages of this book turned quickly for me. Another brilliant book by Elizabeth Carpenter, original, intense and addictive I definitely recommend it. Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for my chance to read this powerful book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Thank you to Netgalley and Orion Publishing Group for the advance copy. My first Elisabeth Carpenter book and always a delight to find a new Author, Only a Mother spins the tale of a Mother after her son is convicted of a heinous crime. Erica the Mother of Craig is a tormented soul after the fallout of the events 17 years ago, we pick up the story as she awaits Craig's release from prison. The book is told from two perspectives of Erica and Luke a local news journalist who covered the events and tr Thank you to Netgalley and Orion Publishing Group for the advance copy. My first Elisabeth Carpenter book and always a delight to find a new Author, Only a Mother spins the tale of a Mother after her son is convicted of a heinous crime. Erica the Mother of Craig is a tormented soul after the fallout of the events 17 years ago, we pick up the story as she awaits Craig's release from prison. The book is told from two perspectives of Erica and Luke a local news journalist who covered the events and trial and is looking to do a follow up to his story regarding Craig's release, I found it strange that we didn't get Craig's perspective at all until the last few pages of the book, I feel Carpenter missed a trick here as it would have made the book for me more interesting. Erica and Luke are well rounded and fleshed out characters but we don't really get to know Craig or understand his mindset, the writing is good and the story is well thought out and all gets wrapped up nicely in the end. Its a slow burner and the pace was just a little too slow for me I also felt the book would have been served much better as I've said if we understood Craig's mindset instead we get Luke he is ok but a large part of the book is dedicated to him and his family which for me this could have been dedicated to Craig. Overall an ok read worth your time and money.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gwyn Haller

    Second "Read" =4+ stars I often re-read my "comfort" books or listen to the audible version of a book during an illness. This was a case of a "comfort" author (99 Red Balloons) and a new work that I initially didnt "inhale" in a sitting. I'm so glad I did! Erica I could feel; but as the title says, only a mother could love her adult-son during the first part of the book. I think that my first approach to the story I couldn't bear another Mom being emotionally eviscerated by an adult-child, whatev Second "Read" =4+ stars I often re-read my "comfort" books or listen to the audible version of a book during an illness. This was a case of a "comfort" author (99 Red Balloons) and a new work that I initially didnt "inhale" in a sitting. I'm so glad I did! Erica I could feel; but as the title says, only a mother could love her adult-son during the first part of the book. I think that my first approach to the story I couldn't bear another Mom being emotionally eviscerated by an adult-child, whatever the reason. It had to do with my own life and my friend's life at that time. Only a Mother is a emotional journey with a rewarding ending. I would recommend this story.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Del Toro

    After reading "99 Red Balloons" I had high hopes for this one, but was disappointed. Perhaps if it had been categorized differently I might have had different expectations. This was not what I'd classify as a "Psychological Thriller", but more of a rather pedestrian "did he or didn't he" with a few attempts at red herrings sprinkled in and a few unnecessary characters; ones that didn't add to the story but were more just empty page fillers. The story was fairly engrossing, but the ending, the ou After reading "99 Red Balloons" I had high hopes for this one, but was disappointed. Perhaps if it had been categorized differently I might have had different expectations. This was not what I'd classify as a "Psychological Thriller", but more of a rather pedestrian "did he or didn't he" with a few attempts at red herrings sprinkled in and a few unnecessary characters; ones that didn't add to the story but were more just empty page fillers. The story was fairly engrossing, but the ending, the outcome was very mediocre. It lacked cleverness and the villain was the standard blueprint.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Renita D'Silva

    Heart wrenching

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Kititeekakul

    The ending felt a bit rushed, lacking depth.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Vicky

    This is Elizabeth Carpenter best book yet

  9. 4 out of 5

    Billie Copas

    Definitely a good read! Had some real twists and turns . Very well written and great main character. Awesome author I can't wait to read more of ! Definitely a good read! Had some real twists and turns . Very well written and great main character. Awesome author I can't wait to read more of !

  10. 4 out of 5

    Liz Schroeder

    3.5 stars. I enjoyed the story but it was a little slow.

  11. 4 out of 5

    haze_books

    omg such a good book read this in about 6 hours i couldn't put it down absolutely amazing. writing was fantastic, such believable characters that you could relate too highly recommend omg such a good book read this in about 6 hours i couldn't put it down absolutely amazing. writing was fantastic, such believable characters that you could relate too highly recommend

  12. 4 out of 5

    Anna Williams

    An ok book but fairly predictable.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Caroline TheBookWyrm

    Carpenter employs several narrators to impart the storey. Erica, a single mother in her sixties, relays her version of events in the first person. Luke, a middle aged reporter, provides a third person account. We are also privy to some of the killer’s innermost thoughts and memories. Each has their own distinctive style and voice. There are also a couple of brief narratives from other characters; I found these to be less authentic in tone. Events take place in the present, seventeen years since t Carpenter employs several narrators to impart the storey. Erica, a single mother in her sixties, relays her version of events in the first person. Luke, a middle aged reporter, provides a third person account. We are also privy to some of the killer’s innermost thoughts and memories. Each has their own distinctive style and voice. There are also a couple of brief narratives from other characters; I found these to be less authentic in tone. Events take place in the present, seventeen years since the murder of eighteen year old Lucy. Whilst the use of multiple narrators helps to build and sustain intrigue, it also creates a more rounded view of the characters, both in the present and from the past. Viewing Lucy through her killer’s eyes makes her more than just a victim, allowing the reader to empathise with her. The story moves at a steady pace, maintaining the suspense which begins to build from the outset. Carpenter explores the lengths to which mothers will go in order to protect their children. As we learn more about Erica’s past, and her relationship with her own mother, we gain insight into her personality and motivations. Carpenter creates a fleshed out, believable woman, ostracised by her community. The contrast between the Craig Erica remembers and the thirty seven year old ex-convict are stark, both Erica and Craig struggling to adapt to life after prison. Luke is also a fairly well developed character, but I felt the other main players were lacking in this regard. Carpenter’s writing style is easy to read, the plot not overly complex or crammed with twists. A sense of urgency creeps into the narratives as the conclusion approaches, and this surge of momentum made me want to read on. The ending did not come as a complete surprise, and this was disappointing. That said, it was still an enjoyable read. I have previously read her novel 99 Red Balloons which, in my opinion, is a better book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Constance J. Reynolds

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jazmine

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bobbie

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bren Doyle

  19. 5 out of 5

    kathleen weimer

  20. 4 out of 5

    Catherine.

  21. 5 out of 5

    reginamarkumyahoo.com

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jean O'Neill

  24. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jack Boyd

  26. 4 out of 5

    tracy

  27. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dannijad

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jayne Kerry

  30. 4 out of 5

    Linda Jamieson

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