Clara McNair tries to do her utmost to save her son James’s life. The two-year-old toddler suffers from a brain tumor that’s causing seizures. Unless a new uncovered experimental treatment can save James, he’ll die within a couple of months. To raise the necessary amount of money she arranged a film crew to shoot a documentary. Clara is thrown back to her own past on the tenth anniversary of her parents’ sudden disappearance. When she returns to her family turf the town seems different. Strange things happen, people not only dislike her but threaten Clara personally and go multiple steps beyond what’s reasonable or explainable at first sight. Nothing is what it seems. Best friends become enemies until Clara is left to her own devices.
Given the book titled A Mother’s Lie, you expect author Jo Crow to unearth Clara’s life to expose a lie from the past so that truth and justice will prevail. The novel turns out to be a mixture of a crime fiction (whodunnit), a thriller with several unexpected, well-timed twists, and threats that become more personal and mean with every chapter. I’ll leave the exact storyline to be discovered by the reader. I enjoyed the book as a quick read once you nested yourself in the darkening narrative.
About the author
Jo Crow gave ten years of her life to the corporate world of finance, rising to be one of the youngest VPs around. She carved writing time into her commute to the city, but never shared her stories, assuming they were too dark for any publishing house. But when a nosy publishing exec read the initial pages of her latest story over her shoulder, his albeit unsolicited advice made her think twice. A month later, she took the leap, quit her job, and sat down for weeks with pen to paper. The words for her first manuscript just flew from her. Now she spends her days reading and writing, dreaming up new ideas for domestic noir fans, and drawing from her own experiences in the cut-throat commercial sector. Not one to look back, Jo is all in, and can’t wait for her next book to begin.