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Audiobook Downloadable / ISBN-13: 9781409184775

Price: £19.99

ON SALE: 27th December 2018

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Thriller / Suspense

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Erica Wright lives a quiet, lonely life in her two-bed end of terrace. Her front door hasn’t been graffitied in more than a year but that’s soon about to change – her son, Craig, is being released from prison.


Local journalist, Luke Harding is determined to warn the public. As the person who covered the arrest and trial all those years ago, he knows the kind of predator Craig really is.


When Luke’s worst fears are realised after a woman is attacked days after Craig’s release, he becomes obsessed with trying to prove that Craig was behind it.


Erica is worried, too – but how can a mother turn her back on her son? And how far will she go to protect him?

(p) Orion Publishing Group 2018


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.
Caroline England, author of MY HUSBAND'S LIES
An unsettling, consistently compelling thriller with a terrific sense of foreboding.
B.P Walter, author of A VERSION OF THE TRUTH
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
Charlotte Duckworth author of THE RIVAL
An unsettling domestic psychological thriller ... Tense and heartbreaking
The i newspaper
'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'
Helen Fields
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.
Rebecca Tinnelly, author of NEVER GO THERE
Totally gripping from start to finish. Observational. Intelligent. Beautifully constructed plot.
Amanda Robson
ONLY A MOTHER is a deeply moving, compelling story with strong, relatable characters that leap from the page in true Carpenter style.
Sam Carrington, author of One Little Lie