Dear Mother by Angela Marsons
Published on July 11, 2016.
Dear Mother is a story about three sisters brought together by the death of their cruel and abusive mother.
Alex, the youngest, is a bitter, unforgiving woman who refuses to face the events of her childhood. She hides in a bottle and destroys any chance of happiness that comes her way. Her life is spiralling dangerously out of control but she doesn’t have the strength to stop it.
Catherine, the eldest, has strived to achieve everything her mother said she would not. She has everything she ever wanted but appears to be more like her mother than she thought. One single act brings her carefully constructed world tumbling down around her.
Beth, the middle child, suffered the worst of them all. She has no memory of the cruelty and remained with their mother until she died. But eventually the memories must return.
When they are brought together as strangers, the sisters must embark on a painful journey to the past to discover themselves and each other.
But will all of them make it back safe?
This story is by no means “enjoyable,” but it was an interesting read. Three adult sisters are estranged after their horrific childhood until the death of their abusive mother brings them back together. Each sister is dealing with the childhood terrors in her own way. Catherine has everything she ever wanted: a great job, a wonderful husband, a beautiful house, and twin daughters, but she still isn’t happy. She’s very distant from her children, and she can’t figure out why. Alex has pushed away the only woman she ever loved, she’s alone except for her best friend, Jay, and she’s drinking all the time to avoid feeling anything. Beth is living in denial, acting if their mother was a wonderful woman, and she’s cut herself off from the world.
While rather slow moving, this book chronicles the events that lead Catherine, the oldest, and Alex, the youngest, to finally seek help. It’s an interesting character-driven novel, and the psychology made it an intriguing read for me. While it’s wasn’t entirely believable, the journeys these women took and the ways they helped each other out made for a compelling read.
The story takes place in England, and it’s written in 3rd person with chapters alternating between Catherine’s and Alex’s points of view. One chapter in particular includes a fairly graphic scene.
My Rating: 3 Stars
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