BOOK REVIEW: Stone Mothers by Erin Kelly @mserinkelly @MinotaurBooks


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Publisher: Minotaur Books

Release Date: April 23, 2019

Genre: Adult Fiction / Suspense / Mystery

Goodreads Average: 3.79  *as of 4/27/19*


Goodreads Blurb:

You can’t keep the secret.
You can’t tell the truth.
You can’t escape the past

Marianne was seventeen when she fled her home in Nusstead – leaving behind her family, her boyfriend, Jesse, and the body they buried. Now, thirty years later, forced to return to in order to help care for her sick mother, she can feel the past closing around her. And Jesse, who never forgave her for leaving in the first place, is finally threatening to expose the truth.

Marianne will do anything to protect the life she’s built, the husband and daughter who must never know what happened all those years ago. Even if it means turning to her worst enemy for help… But Marianne may not know the whole story – and she isn’t the only one with secrets they’d kill to keep.

My Thoughts:

Stone Mothers by Erin Kelly is an incredibly atmospheric, slow-burn of a mystery that will keep you in suspense until the very last page.

What it’s about: Marianne moved away from her hometown of Nusstead when she was just a teenager, leaving both her family and boyfriend Jesse behind. Now she has come back thirty years later to help her sister take care of their aging mother. But Nusstead, and especially an old asylum turned flats, holds a lot of secrets for her, Jesse, and others. When Jesse threatens to bring their secrets to light, Marianne is determined to keep her past from her daughter and husband, even if that means turning to an old enemy for help.

Stone Mothers was a slower read for me which I think had a lot to do with the language used in the book. It might be because Kelly is from a different country, but I found myself having to pause my reading and go back to reread things because I didn’t fully understand what I had read. I didn’t really mind this, but thought it was important to note for my review.

There is a lot of detail in this book and I loved how atmospheric it was. It made the story very immersive, especially in the parts that involved the asylum. I was fully creeped out multiple times during the book, and Kelly’s writing was so vivid I felt like I was there. I think this book would make an awesome movie.

There are 4 different parts to the book, part one and two are told from the perspective of Marianne, part 3 is the perspective of a woman named Helen, and the last is from the perspective of Marianne’s daughter Honor. I liked that the parts tied past and present together and how it was formatted, except that it feels like it takes a very long time to reconnect to a cliffhanger towards the beginning of the book. Some people might forget that it even happened, just because there are so many details in between.

Final Thought: Overall I truly enjoyed Stone Mothers. It is very important to note that this probably won’t be one most people will fly through and you will be forced to take your time. There isn’t a fast pace, and it is definitely character driven, but it is done so well that I didn’t want to stop reading. I haven’t read Kelly’s first book yet, He Said/She Said, but you can bet I will be now!

MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

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