BAD MOMMY BY TARRYN FISHER
Release Date: December 24, 2016
Rating: 3.5 stars
When Fig Coxbury buys a house on West Barrett Street, it's not because she likes the neighborhood, or even because she likes the house. It's because everything she desires is next door: The husband, the child, and the life that belongs to someone else.
This book is twisted! And I really mean that. Tarryn Fisher has sucessfully brought us into the minds of true psychopaths/sociopaths with this one and I couldn’t be more thrilled. To say this book is unique is an understatement though because it is so far off the beaten path that I felt very frazzled while reading it! Seriously, are people TRULY this batshit crazy?? Yikes! It’s scary good. I do have a lot of unanswered questions though. Like, is it a true story? The author has lead us to believe it just may be… And what happens next? Is this book going to have a follow-up? I feel it ended too abruptly… Gah. I don’t really know what to think about this one so it is extremely hard to review. But I will do my best.
For the most part, this is a great read because it is unique and warped. It is told in three different perspectives, but two of the narrators are very unreliable. Why? Because they are flat out liars! Conniving is an understatement for them and readers won’t believe what they are seeing once the story begins to unravel. Even more intriguing is the fact that the author has lead us to believe that this is because of psychopathy, and I tend to edge towards that view myself. The third perspective is told in the “victims” voice. While I enjoyed her side of the story, I sort of wish it wasn’t really included because it is much different than the first 65% of the book. However, I do understand why it was included, I just didn’t care for it as much (not as exciting, ya know?). Another thing about this book that I didn’t care for as much were the inconsistencies. Now, if you read the book you will know exactly what I am talking about, but I don’t want to say exactly what they are in case you haven’t. But I think they may have been added for the “unreliability” of the story… I am just not sure and this bothered me.
What readers can EXPECT from this book are stalkers tendencies, a lot of secrets and lies, and other unimaginable things that will leave you shaking your head in disgust. Now, this is not because the book is disgusting (it’s not), it’s because some of the character’s actions ae utterly deplorable. Also, this is NOT a romance, so if this is something you were expecting than think again. There are not hearts, flowers, or smiles, only despicable people who have some serious issues. You have been warned.
With all of that being said, I have to admit I rather enjoyed this book. It was not exactly what I was expecting but I think this made me enjoy it more. Now that I have had a taste of the authors unique flair when it comes to writing, I will be picking up and reading more of her books. I actually have a few of them on my kindle and I can’t wait to dive in.