Thanks to Minotaur Books for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review
STONE MOTHERS – Erin Kelly (Releasing April 23rd, 2019)
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My Thoughts: 3.5/5 stars!
My introduction to Erin Kelly was when I picked up HE SAID/SHE SAID an I absolutely loved it! I was ready to dive into her newest release STONE MOTHERS. This one had a different vibe and was definitely more on the slower burn side of the suspense/thriller genre. Still had a good pacing, though.
Marianne’s husband surprises her one day when he purchases a second home for them in the small town that she grew up in. An incredibly nice gesture so that she could be closer to her ailing mother, but also because he had found many brochures about the place that she had been hiding from him. Little does he know, the information she has been hiding isn’t because she wants the building, but because she is keeping tabs on it. Her husband has been left in the dark as to why this building is significant to Marianne – it is the old mental asylum she has ties to.
We get to go between four different stories and perspectives and I was very impressed with how Kelly managed to tie them all together in the end. This is in a different format than we’re used to in the thriller genre – instead of alternating chapters we get four distinct sections for each story to unfold. While this one is a slower burn (in all four stories) I had some difficulties getting into it in the beginning, but then as we went into the back stories it caught my interest. It was fun seeing the story unfold on how one secret bound these people together and what they were willing to do to keep this secret in the past.