The Other Mothers

Gallery Dec. 2023. 384p. ISBN 9781668024782. $28.99. SUSPENSE
In Faulkner’s second novel (after Greenwich Park), freelance journalist and new mom Tash seeks a playgroup for her son Finn. She finds it in a group of mothers who live in upper-class London neighborhoods and whose lifestyles Tash could only dream of. Sophie is a live-in nanny for Claire and Jez, who are expecting their first baby together while raising Jez’s son, Jude. Sophie notices a strange detachment between Claire and Jude and works to make sure he’s properly cared for. Meanwhile, Tash is quickly swept up in coffee dates and spa outings that she struggles to afford. All the while she’s spending her spare time investigating the death of a young nanny. But when the investigation leads to her own playgroup, and another young woman dies mysteriously, Tash wonders, who are these other mothers? And why was she invited in?
VERDICT Fans of Ashley Audrain and Chandler Baker will enjoy the similar themes of motherhood, the unspoken parts of women’s relationships, desire, envy, and heart-pounding suspense. The alternating timelines build anticipation but the twists will keep readers guessing to the last page.
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing