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Motherthing

By Ainslie Hogarth
Motherthing by Ainslie Hogarth digital book - Fable

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A NEW YORK TIMES BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR • A darkly funny take on mothers and daughters, about a woman who must take drastic measures to save her husband and herself from the vengeful ghost of her mother-in-law.

“A quirky, gruesome, utterly original feminist horror experience.” —The New York Times Book Review

When Ralph and Abby Lamb move in with Ralph’s mother, Laura, Abby hopes it’s just what she and her mother-in-law need to finally connect. After a traumatic childhood, Abby is desperate for a mother figure, especially now that she and Ralph are trying to become parents themselves. Abby just has so much love to give—to Ralph, to Laura, and to Mrs. Bondy, her favorite resident at the long-term care home where she works. But Laura isn’t interested in bonding with her daughter-in-law. She’s venomous and cruel, especially to Abby, and life with her is hellish.

When Laura takes her own life, her ghost haunts Abby and Ralph in very different ways: Ralph is plunged into depression, and Abby is terrorized by a force intent on destroying everything she loves. To make matters worse, Mrs. Bondy’s daughter is threatening to move Mrs. Bondy from the home, leaving Abby totally alone. With everything on the line, Abby comes up with a chilling plan that will allow her to keep Mrs. Bondy, rescue Ralph from his tortured mind, and break Laura's hold on the family for good. All it requires is a little ingenuity, a lot of determination, and a unique recipe for chicken à la king…

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774 Reviews

3.5
Thinking Face“I’m so confused! What did I read!”
Surprised Face with Open Mouth
Diverse charactersMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingOriginal writingFast-pacedTwistyUnpredictableDark settingDarkViolence
Thinking Face“Okay.. so this wasn't like a horror horror. In fact it didn't really scare me at all but it did trigger me when it came to the relationships. There's some mental health stuff happening and the ending wasn't satisfactory for me but overall I did enjoy it.”
Multi-layered characters
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“If I had to pick between being haunted by the ghost of my mother-in-law for the rest of my life and taking a bite of jellied salmon, I would pick the ghost.”
Original writingFast-pacedSuspensefulDarkSelf-harmViolence

About Ainslie Hogarth

AINSLIE HOGARTH is the author of three novels. She lives in Canada.

Other books by Ainslie Hogarth

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