Call me Mummy by Tina Baker

A debut that packs a punch

Format: Hardback

Published by: Viper

Firstly many thanks to the publisher for a proof copy and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour.

Synopsis:

Glamorous, beautiful Mummy has everything a woman could want… except for a daughter of her very own. So when she sees Kim – heavily pregnant, glued to her phone and ignoring her eldest child in a busy shop – she does what anyone would do. She takes her. But little foul-mouthed Tonya is not the daughter that Mummy was hoping for.

Meanwhile Kim is demonised by the media as a ‘scummy mummy’, who deserved to lose Tonya and ought to have her other children taken too. Haunted by memories of her own childhood and refusing to play by the media’s rules, she begins to spiral, turning on those who love her.

Though they are worlds apart, Mummy and Kim have more in common than they could possibly imagine. But it is five-year-old Tonya who is caught in the middle…

My Thoughts:

One of the best psychological thrillers I will read this year, a story grounded in brutal realism, that plays to the fears of any parent.

From the title you think you are in for a feel good read, nothing could be further from the truth.

As Tonya is abducted in broad daylight and the lives of those involved are about to be torn apart the reader is given an insight into the tumultuous grief that follows.

The main plot line plays on every parents worst fears, the nightmares and heartache that follow, however character is very much king in this book, and that is what makes it a terrific read, there is a real sense of realism in the way that all are cleverly written, it is very easy to be invested in each not only in the present but in their complex past as each of the main characters have plenty of baggage which ties in beautifully to them being the people they are today.

The book is in the main told from the viewpoint of the Mummy and Kim the child’s mother. In someways they are both strong characters , it easy in the start to sympathise with the Mummy and not find much in Kim to like, however as the story progressed I was drawn to having the opposite feelings as their lives become unravelled and the truth becomes apparent, however, that all said the short chapters featuring Tonya are among the best sprinkled as they are with dark humour.

The narrative throughout is gritty pitched perfectly for each character, packed with plenty of twists as each character is dissected layer by layer. I also liked the way social media was introduced into the storyline. The book in someways is also to do with class.

The way the book has been written and the style of writing make it quite difficult to put down once started.

The Mummy and Kim are complete opposites in everything except for their love of a child, the book certainly toys with the emotions, the ending I found to be unexpected but satisfying in the way it was constructed.

This will most definitely appeal to any fan of psychological thrillers, and comes highly recommended.

5*

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