BLOG TOUR,BOOK REVIEW - Mummy's Boy by J A Andrews
Three years have passed since Patricia Mullner's beloved seventeen year old son Andrew vanished without a trace. He didn't leave a note or say goodbye and no body has ever been found. Now she spends her days in a fog of heartache,alcohol and painkillers,crying to her husband Thomas about their lost son.
But Patricia is more than a grieving mother,she has a secret and lives in fear of Thomas ever learning the truth about her deception and leaving her,just like her son did despite everything she had done for him.
Little does she realise that her past actions are about to catch up with her because someone knows her secret,someone who is watching from the shadows and will stop at nothing to take revenge. Someone who's end game is Patricia's death.
The chapters of this domestic drama/mystery flip back and forth between Then and Now and are voiced from the alternating perspectives of Patricia and Thomas. Patricia was a complex,not very likeable character who had some serious issues that she constantly blamed on the abuse that she had been subjected to in the past by her parents,especially her evil,cruel mother. Patricia kept insisting that she would never repeat that abuse when it came to her own son but that was exactly what she had been doing. She reminded me so much of my own mother with her everything is about me,woe is me attitude and she definitely didn't have any redeemable qualities. Thomas reminded me of my own wonderful hubby,a man who stands by his marriage vows and supports his partner through the ups and downs of married life. Some people would probably label him a wimp for loving his wife so much that he stayed loyal to her despite her terrible behaviour but I just thought that made him more likeable. Their marriage was a perfect example of how one person can be completely oblivious of another person's behaviour despite the two people living under the same roof. And also how easy it is to pass judgement on someone,completely misread their behaviour and get so wrapped up in your own worries that you fail to comprehend that maybe there is a reason behind their behaviour. I felt so much sympathy for poor Andrew as we witnessed Patricia's controlling,manipulative behaviour,the question was,what had happened to him? Had Patricia snapped and murdered her beloved son? Had he simply finally had enough and ran away? Had he been abducted or murdered by a unknown stranger? And how did the mysterious watcher fit into the story?
This is a well written tale of manipulation,revenge,abuse,control and mental health that keeps the reader guessing,pulls at your heart strings and plays with your emotions. I will be honest and admit that it did take me a while to get into this book due to the plot containing some personal triggers. But once my anxieties had settled down,I found that it was a very enjoyable read. This is J A Andrews's debut story and I look forward to reading more of his books in the future.
JA Andrews is an author of dark psychological thrillers with books published by Hera. Mummy’s Boy, the 2020 debut, is available to pre-order now before release on April 1st 2020.
Also a member of the Crime Writers Association, and can be found online in a few places:
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PUBLICATION DATE: 1st April 2020
GENRE: Domestic Drama/Thriller
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