Bonus Review: Motherless by Erin Healy


The Synopsis:

Guilt may be the most dangerous motive of all.

On a rainy night seventeen years after his wife’s presumed suicide, Garrett Becker sees her walking down the street. A car accident snatches him away from this world before he can reach her.

Marina has spent her whole life mothering her brother, who suffers from an anxiety disorder. After their father’s accident, they face losing their home–the only place Dylan’s fears are held at bay.

Crushing debt is just one of their father’s secrets. Old keepsakes lead Dylan to believe their mother is alive and lives nearby. Sara Rochester is a successful chocolatier who doesn’t dwell on her past and never expected the resurrection of its ghosts. But after Dylan confronts her, Sara consents to parent the only way she knows how: with money, chocolate, and a gross deficit of experience.

Sara’s hesitant presence divides Marina and Dylan. Marina doesn’t believe that Sara is their mother. The woman’s paper-thin lies suggest she might even be responsible for their mother’s death. When Marina’s suspicions spark an investigation, no one is prepared for the tragic truth or the powerful redemption that Marina’s actions expose.

Narrated by a storyteller with more to lose than any other character, Motherless is a richly layered mystery about the power of perception–and deception–among people seeking forgiveness for irreversible sins.

NOTE: I did not see this synopsis of the book, if I had, I am fairly certain that I would have never requested the book, however, I read the below synopsis, which intrigued me to be a mysterious suspense novel of a Dystopian type novel:

A whispering voice at the back of my mind reminds me that I’ve been this way for some time. Dead, that is.

The dead have a very broad view of the living, of actions performed out of sight, of thoughts believed to be private. I would know. Losing both parents is a trial no child should endure, and Marina and Dylan have endured enough. They deserve the one thing I could never give them: a mother’s love.

A mother’s love, and the truth.

My children have believed a lie about me for years and years. After all this time I can still feel their hurt in my heart. But the tether holding me to them is frayed from years of neglect . . . and I have to find a way to make my confession before it snaps.

But when the truth comes out, what other beasts will I unleash?

“Why do we lie to the children?” someone asked me once.

“To protect them,” I answered.

How terrible it is that they need protection from me.

My Review:

I can review most of the novels I read with one word, and this one falls into the category: weird. I don’t even know how to begin this review. If you read my note on the two different synopsis’ and are familiar with dystopian-type novels, then you can probably understand how the synopsis that I first read(2nd listed) of which I received directly from the publicist, could easily mean being dead to anything, I had no idea that it was literal….You wanna talk about weird,  this book is written in the mother who committed suicide’s point of view….and she’s dead, apparently a ghost or angel, I’m not sure what the author meant because I couldn’t get into this book long enough to finish it. But you know that she is some sort of spirit because she explains very vividly that she cannot touch anything in the physical world, like she’s a wisp of air.

Aside from being weird, this book was pretty boring to be a suspense novel. Yea it opens with a car accident, but the author doesn’t make a big deal about it, she just makes the mother go on about her business like it never happened. I got over halfway into the book and still I didn’t read anything that I would consider suspense worthy, a few mild action scenes yes, but no suspense. I’m afraid that the only thing I can praise this author on is her writing style, it’s beautiful and I loved reading her sentences just because of the way she worded it. But, I just couldn’t get into this particular story and because I’ve heard several people say that this is her best, I will probably not be reading any other book by Healy. I really tried to get into this book, but it just wasn’t for me.

“I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own.”

About the Author:

Erin HealyErin Healy is a supernatural-suspense novelist and an award-winning fiction editor. She began working with Ted Dekker in 2002 and edited twelve of his heart-pounding stories before their collaboration on KISS, the first novel to seat her on “the other side of the desk.”

Erin is the owner of WordWright Editorial Services, a consulting firm specializing in fiction book development. She lives with her family in Colorado.

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