Such a Good Mother by Helen Monks Takhar
Published: August 2, 2022
KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Helen Monks Takhar worked as a journalist, copywriter, and magazine editor, having graduated from Cambridge in 1997. She began her career writing for financial trade newspapers in 1999 before contributing to UK national newspapers, including The Times and The Observer. Born in Southport, Merseyside, in 1976, she lives in North London with her husband and two daughters.
“Magis et Magis.”
Rose has not always lived a healthy and safe life. Her father was a talented con artist who wouldn’t hesitate to make his daughter participate in a con if it meant succeeding. Now, as an adult, Rose wants her young son to have every opportunity life offers. So when the chance to enroll him in a prestigious school occurs, Rose doesn’t hesitate. She also doesn’t realize she may not survive meeting the other hardworking mothers.
HOLY BUCKETS. This was intense. I devoured this novel in hours. I could not put it down. Just when I thought things couldn’t possibly get more complicated, that did.
I liked Rose. She was a significant lead. I enjoyed how she was presented and how she played the game. Amala was also a great character. She was just as intelligent, determined, hardworking, devoted, and passionate as Rose.
Though, they two seemingly lived in different worlds. I loved the themes in this novel. The concept of privilege and hierarchy that comes along with it. The balance between rich and poor, opportunity and destitution.
The game was set and played by absolute players. As much as I hate women being pitted against each other, the portrayal was accurate and intense. There was a very dramatic “Mean Girls” element to this book.
Fast-paced and full of twists you never expect, the last several chapters will give you whiplash and leave your eyeballs tired from flying along the pages. An excellent thriller about the lengths a mother will go to for the health, happiness, wellbeing, and safety of her child.