A Good Enough Mother by Bev Thomas

Working for a prestigious therapy center in London, Ruth Hartland is the epitome of professionalism. She mentors members of her team and always has the right answers for the hard questions. The rules exist for a reason, and Ruth sticks to the program at all times.

What her team doesn’t realize is that Ruth’s life is not as perfectly carved as she makes it out to be. Her personal life is in shambles. Her daughter left the country, she recently separated from her husband, and her son has been a missing person for over a year.

The face that Ruth wears at work shows nothing of her inner turmoil, but inside, she is crumbling into an abyss. A new patient has been assigned to Ruth, and he reminds her so much of her son that it rattles her to the core. Can Ruth maintain professionalism with this boy who is in such dire need of help? Can she set aside her own feelings of failure about her son, in order to protect them both from her dark secrets?

A Good Enough Mother, by Bev Thomas, is a page-turner that grips you and drags you through to the very end. If you like psychological thrillers, definitely give it a read! I’m giving it a solid place on my “Best of 2019” shelf.

You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz

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You Should Have Known, by Jean Hanff Korelitz, is a suspense novel unlike anything I’ve ever read. In the vein of Gone Girl, this story unwinds in ways you could not see coming and leaves the reader shaking his/her head and sitting in stunned shock.

Grace Reinhart Sachs is a New York couples therapist and mother. Her life is exactly the way she always wanted it to be. No surprises, just the normal day to day routine with her son’s school and extracurricular activities, her husband a busy pediatric oncologist. She’s so pleased with her life, in fact, she has decided to write a self-help book for the poor sad women in the world who haven’t had the common sense to follow her own example. Just before the book is about to be released, telling women that they should have known all along that their husbands were cheaters, liars, addicts, hopelessly under-employed, (and worse)-Grace gets the shock of her life…

Seems like her husband may have had a few secrets of his own. A mother from her son’s school comes up murdered, and the police keep trying to find out what Grace may know about the crime and the victim. But Grace just doesn’t understand why they think she might know something…The woman was barely even on her radar. When the facts start raining down on her and she realizes she really didn’t know her husband at all, the brutal truth has the potential to ruin her entire life, or at least the life she always thought was perfect.

You Should Have Known, by Jean Hanff Korelitz, is a psychological suspense novel. I wouldn’t call it a “thriller” per se, because most of the novel is not action, but the slow unveiling of truth to a woman who thought she knew it all. I thought the audiobook was excellent for my work commute and for housework-but don’t listen while being interrupted a lot, because if you miss something you will be very confused! Every detail counts in You Should Have Known, which is a novel entirely comprised of little details which lead up to one horrifying conclusion…You’ll have to read it or listen to it if you want to know more!