'Only A Mother is brilliantly observed, both tender and heart-breaking, without once flinching from harsh realities. Taking on a traumatic subject, combining realism with drama, is an incredibly difficult task but Carpenter handles it with breath-taking skill. Highly recommended, this is exactly the subject matter that book clubs have been waiting for'
A refreshing move forward from the sometimes exhausting twists and turns of some psychological thrillers, Only a Mother is nevertheless a real rollercoaster of a read, with an emotionally resonant ending that left me both moved and humbled by the strength of a mother's love. I couldn't put this book down
Tense, shocking and terrifyingly believable. Only A Mother turns the psychological thriller on its head, coming at the genre from a wholly original angle. The writing is sharp; the characters complex and compelling; the story skillfully plotted. A fantastic read.
An unsettling, consistently compelling thriller with a terrific sense of foreboding.
Elisabeth Carpenter skilfully portrays a mother's love with unflinching honesty and tenderness. But is it misplaced? I recommend reading this tense and compelling thriller to find out.
An unsettling domestic psychological thriller ... Tense and heartbreaking
ONLY A MOTHER is a deeply moving, compelling story with strong, relatable characters that leap from the page in true Carpenter style.
Totally gripping from start to finish. Observational. Intelligent. Beautifully constructed plot.