Published by HarperCollins UK on September 17, 2020
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The creepiest debut thriller you will read this year!
One little girl.
Mirabelle’s mother loves her. She’s her ‘little doll’. Mother dresses her, paints her face, and plaits her hair. But as Mirabelle grows, the dresses no longer fit quite as well, the face paint no longer looks quite so pretty. And Mother isn’t happy.
Two little girls.
On Mirabelle’s 13th birthday, Mother arrives home with a present – a new sister, 5-year-old Clarabelle, who Mother has rescued from the outside world.
But Mother only needs one.
As it dawns on Mirabelle that there is a new ‘little doll’ in her house, she also realizes that her life isn’t what she thought it was. And that dolls often end up on the scrap heap
Wow, Mother Loves Me is one hell of a creepy read! Abby Davies sure knows how to keep me up late into the night engrossed in her spectacular debut novel.
Mirabelle is only thirteen years old and the only home she has ever known has boarded up windows. She has never been outside the home and every day her mother dresses her up and applies makeup to make Mirabelle a living doll. Mirabelle knows her mother loves her or does she? When mother brings home another small child, Mirabelle begins questioning everything she has ever known, often wondering if dolls live short lives.
I was absolutely hooked when I started this book! I actually had to be up by 8AM the next day, but I could not tear this book away for any reason. Who needs sleep anyway! Davies has written some jaw dropping moments and quite a few times I was left on the edge of my seat, heart beating faster in anticipation of what comes next. There are a lot of twists that surprised me in a good and scary way. Such a great read for the Halloween season too!
Mirabelle is a well thought out character you can’t help wanting to save. She definitely has that young girl mentality and still holds some naivety and yet at the same time she is also wise beyond her years. She is definitely a strong character given her sheltered life. Is she always believable? No. Does she do things that don;t make sense sometimes? Sure, but it certainly did not take away from my enjoyment reading the story.
There is one part of the story I do wish was fleshed out a bit more, especially with a secret that was never really revealed. I really want to know! Gah, such a tease!
Mother Loves Me is an intense chilling read that will blow your mind! I highly recommend picking up this book as it is a fantastic story that I am sure you will enjoy just as much as I have.
Trigger Warning: Themes of child abuse both mental and physical.