Back of the book :
Blythe Connor is determined that she will be the warm, comforting mother to her new baby Violet that she herself never had.
But in the thick of motherhood’s exhausting early days, Blythe becomes convinced that something is wrong with her daughter—she doesn’t behave like most children do.
Or is it all in Blythe’s head? Her husband, Fox, says she’s imagining things. The more Fox dismisses her fears, the more Blythe begins to question her own sanity, and the more we begin to question what Blythe is telling us about her life as well.
Then their son Sam is born—and with him, Blythe has the blissful connection she’d always imagined with her child. Even Violet seems to love her little brother. But when life as they know it is changed in an instant, the devastating fall-out forces Blythe to face the truth.
What I think :
When I first started to read this book, I found the writing style quite hard to get into. I’d heard so much hype about this book in the media and on the socials, about how readers/bloggers ‘couldn’t put it down’, they’d read it in ‘one sitting’ and they ‘just couldn’t stop thinking about it long after they stopped reading it’. I thought maybe I was missing something because if I was honest I couldn’t really get ‘into’ it. But then around chapter Four or five, something clicked and I realised what the fuss was about.
This was Blythe’s story and she was telling to to me …
This book is very painful in places, it all begins when Blythe and fox meet in college and they fall in all consuming love. Blythe is trying so hard to be a good person and when she gets pregnant, the good mother Fox knows she can be. Blythe does so many things wrong and makes so many mistakes, which isn’t surprising after the damaged childhood that she had to endure from her own mother and her mother before her.
Violet their daughter, isn’t an easy child. Blythe doesn’t take to being a mother very well, she thinks that violet must hate her because she is only well behaved for her father. Fox doesn’t see anything wrong with violet’s behaviour but even his mother has noticed a tension building between mother and daughter.
Blythe gets pregnant for a second time and in time gives birth to a son, Sam. This time things are so different, he is her second chance and for a while everything in Blythe’s world is right again.
But when tragedy strikes and something awful happens, Blythe has to face up to the truth maybe it isn’t her maybe it’s Violet …
This is a very open, raw and psychological look at nature versus nuture. I must admit after that first little hiccup, I was glued to it and couldn’t put it down, although there was times when I should have done because It did upset me in places.
I don’t want to give too much away but I will say that there are a few twists and turns along the way and I would strongly recommend you go out and buy this book, its on my ‘Best Books of 2021’
Published by Michael Joseph on 07/01/21
I bought my copy from Waterstones for £12.99