Naomi asks her friend Jane to pick up 4 year old Florrie from school. But when Jane arrives, the school inform her that the girl has already been collected. Is Florrie safe and who has taken her?
The Other Mother is a psychological thriller set in the UK.
Jane is a psychologist and secret agony aunt. But nothing can prepare her emotionally for the events about to occur. She is asked to do a favour for a friend but is late arriving to collect little Florrie. She discovers that the school have already allowed Florrie to leave with a woman claiming to be Jane and this sparks a huge panic and major police investigation.
Most of the book is written from Naomi and Jane’s first person perspectives as they struggle to cope with events. However as the book approaches halfway the viewpoint of the kidnapper is included. This increases the tension as we see Florrie’s unhappiness and the mental instability of the kidnapper.
The book is full of drama and tension which is well maintained, especially once we find out the identity of the kidnapper. However I did have to suspend my disbelief in order to enjoy the book. As someone who works in a school, I found it incredible that a child could be collected without a password. I also struggled to believe fully in the police element.
The style of writing is easy to read and the pace is quite speedy. There are major revelations and big twists as it becomes apparent that secrets from the past could be key to finding Florrie. Relationships and friendships are in tatters as the plot progresses and the characters battle to negotiate change.
The Other Mother is fast paced, dramatic and full of twists.
Four-year-old Florrie is missing. Who has taken her, and what do they want?
When Jane is asked to pick up her friend’s daughter, Florrie, from school, she can’t imagine the horror that will unfold. Because someone pretending to be Jane has already collected Florrie. And now the little four-year-old is missing…
Things don’t get any easier when Jane starts receiving anonymous letters that include intimate details about her life. As a psychologist and agony aunt, she’s used to getting letters asking for advice, but these are different. Are they somehow connected to the missing child?
Then, to her utter dismay, Jane finds incriminating evidence in her own home, evidence that is clearly linked to Florrie. She starts to doubt everyone around her, even her own family – could one of them be implicated in Florrie’s disappearance?
Under the unspeakable stress, her marriage crumbles, her children act out and her once-successful business falls apart. And that’s when Jane discovers a shocking secret that shatters her entire world.
In a heart-pounding race against time, Jane must find Florrie and uncover the truth. Can she save Florrie and her own family, or will she be too late to stop the unthinkable?
The Other Mother is an explosive psychological thriller that will grip readers till the very end.
Miranda Rijks is a writer of psychological thrillers and suspense novels. She has an eclectic background ranging from law to running a garden centre. She’s been writing all of her life and has a Masters in writing. A couple of years ago she decided to ditch the business plans and press releases and now she’s living the dream, writing suspense novels full time. She lives in Sussex, England with her Dutch husband, musician daughter and black Labrador.