A Mother’s Sacrifice by Gemma Metcalfe is a strangely compelling thriller that keeps you turning the pages.
Composing this review has been an interesting experience. This book is quite strange in a way, but please don’t take that as a negative!!! It’s just not put together like most books.
It jumps around a lot. From Louisa’s present, to the past, back to the present, many times. It even starts to jump from James’ perspective but this time into the future. It’s disjointed, but it’s also not. The two timelines from Louisa’s perspective do flow and progress. The first ‘present’ POV is Louisa about to deliver her baby. The first ‘past’ POV takes us back to Louisa as a child just before her mother kills herself. Each time the POV changes from past to present it logically progresses. For the ‘present’ scenes it just takes off from where it left, each ‘past’ scene takes us to a pivotal moment in Louisa’s childhood progressing forward all the time.
The flipping from past and present can be a bit uncomfortable until you get used to it. Of course, there is a reason for it. Louisa’s past is so screwed up you really need to experience it to understand her thoughts and actions in the present. Then there is the stalker. From early on you know the stalker is male and believes he has a claim to Louisa and James’ son. For the first third of the book, he is just there. There are scenes from his POV, and the bible quotes are chilling in their interpretation within the context of the story. He is more unsettling because you just don’t know who he is. He is significantly meddling in Louisa’s life, and she is terrified, but still, you know nothing. This is frustrating, but boy does it ramp up the intensity!
The identity of the stalker kept me guessing until he was finally revealed. It was a complete shock and in no way did I see it coming! Looking back the signs were there, but I, at least, never put it together.
This was a great book, kept me turning the pages. But I feel I need to warn readers about the ending. I really, really don’t like sad endings. From about 2/3rds in I was worried this was going to have a bit of a ‘funny’ ending, you know like how some Stephen Kings sort of leave you feeling weird… The ending is intense and dramatic; I couldn’t have put it down for anything, but it’s certainly not a HEA. If those sorts of endings bother you, I wouldn’t recommend this book. If they don’t, please give this book a go! I haven’t been kept in such suspense for a long time!
A Mother’s Sacrifice is released 9 March 2018