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May 9, 2013

What a Mother Knows by Leslie Lehr

A gripping story of a mother's tenacity

What A Mother Knows by Leslie Lehr
Expected publication: May 1st 2013 by Sourcebooks
Available on Kindle
Paperback, 384 pages
Contemporary | Womens Fiction | Mystery
Review copy provided by the publisher, thank you!
Burton Book Review Rating: 4 stars

An unsettling, emotional and suspenseful novel of the unshakable bonds of motherhood, in which Michelle Mason not only loses her memory after a deadly car crash, but can't find her 16-year-old daughter, the one person who may know what happened that day. But the deeper Michelle digs, the more she questions the innocence of everyone, even herself. A dramatic portrayal of the fragile skin of memory, What a Mother Knows is about finding the truth that can set love free.

I thought this would be a great read for Mother's Day, one that would signify the unshakable bonds a mother has for their children, all packed into a suspenseful story that entertains - and I was right. This is the story of a family that is struggling to pick up the pieces after a horrific tragic accident that has left the mother, Michelle, scarred and traumatized. She was not expected to survive the coma that she was in for many months only to have to go through a major court case to pin the blame on someone, and Michelle has to learn to live all over again when things just aren't the same.

Turns out that accident took the life of a young man who rose to stardom after his death, and Michelle has no idea what happened the day of the accident. As her memory resurfaces, things begin to click for both the reader and for Michelle but the confusion and expectation was always prodding us further because we were never quite putting it all together.

There are depressing themes in this story, but it was written with a 'that's life and we are going to deal with it' slant as opposed to being a complete downer type of read. There was plenty of suspense throughout as we follow Michelle try and retrace her steps that lead up to the accident, but most important - find her missing daughter. There had to be something strange going on the way everyone was acting about the disappearance of Nikki, but no one was telling Michelle.

A very enjoyable story focused on relationships and the status-quo that concluded with a large dose of redemption and forgiveness and finally, healing. The characters were well portrayed fleshing out a suspenseful novel about the untouchable bonds between mothers and children: sometimes a mother just knows.

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