Michael is convinced his mother has been replaced. She looks and talks like his mother, but she isn’t his mother. He’s not sure why his brother and sister don’t see it, but he wants to uncover the truth. Michael is incredibly insightful. I highlighted so many things he said or thought, and I think his insight will stick with me for a long time. He’s also very clever, and he makes for a good main character.
When I read the blurb, I immediately thought of Coraline. But we didn’t get that at all with this, and that’s okay. This is definitely more a book about Michael’s hardships, of struggling with loss and keeping secrets. He has a lot of responsibility, and sometimes it’s too much for him. Let’s be honest, his mother was less than stellar, and that didn’t help his anxiety at all. I feel the author rushed the ending. We spent all of this time watching Michael, convinced in his beliefs, to have it wrap up too quickly at the end. I would have liked to see that fleshed out a bit more.
I appreciate that the author included so many real-life issues in the story, including bullying, suicide, and mental health. Michael is a very special young man. Overall, The Other Mother is a quick and enjoyable read. Thank you, St. Martin’s, for sending this along.
The Other Mother is available on Amazon for $13.99