The Wrong Mother by Sophie Hannah
This must be fantastic cover day at A Passion for Books.
I read such a variety of views of The Wrong Mother by Sophie Hannah (2009) on blogs that I had to read the book for myself. I find myself falling firmly in the "didn't enjoy this book" category. The cover is actually my favorite part of the book, which is really a sad comment.
My biggest complaint is that the story shifts to so many different points of view that I didn't feel like any one character received decent development.
--There's harried mother Sally Thorning, who had a one-week affair with a man a year ago. A man who now has a dead wife and child, and--wait--the man shown on t.v. as the grieving widower/father isn't the man with whom she had an affair. And Sally is a look-alike for the dead woman.
--There's the Geraldine we think we know as seen through the horrific snips from her diary. She's the dead woman, who police believe killed her daughter, Lucy, before killing herself.
A snip from the diary as found at Kindle locations 593-601:
I have a rule that I've made for myself, and that I stick to come what may: whatever I feel inside, however I feel like behaving towards Lucy, I do the opposite. So when she cried after I'd closed her door, I went back into her room, stroked her hair and said, "What's the matter, love?" because what I really wanted to do was drag her out of her bed and shake her until her teeth fall out.
--DC Simon Waterhouse (policeman), veteran enough to realize that something more is happening with the murder investigation than a simple murder/suicide.
--Charlie Zailer (policewoman), Simon's former associate and love interest.
--DC Colin Sellers (policeman). . . . You get the idea.
Just too many perspectives and not enough depth in any one to hold my attention. Way before the story's end, I really didn't care what happened to Geraldine and Lucy, which isn't like me at all, particularly not when a young child is involved.
My overall personal rating of The Wrong Mother is a C-.