Motherless, A Book Review

_140_245_Book.1400.coverGuilt may be the most dangerous motive of all.

On a rainy night seventeen years after his wife’s presumed suicide, Garrett Becker sees her walking down the street. A car accident snatches him away from this world before he can reach her.

Marina has spent her whole life mothering her brother, who suffers from an anxiety disorder. After their father’s accident, they face losing their home-the only place Dylan’s fears are held at bay.

Crushing debt is just one of their father’s secrets. Old keepsakes lead Dylan to believe their mother is alive and lives nearby. Sara Rochester is a successful chocolatier who doesn’t dwell on her past and never expected the resurrection of its ghosts. But after Dylan confronts her, Sara consents to parent the only way she knows how: with money, chocolate, and a gross deficit of experience.

Sara’s hesitant presence divides Marina and Dylan. Marina doesn’t believe that Sara is their mother. The woman’s paper-thin lies suggest she might even be responsible for their mother’s death. When Marina’s suspicions spark an investigation, no one is prepared for the tragic truth or the powerful redemption that Marina’s actions expose.

Narrated by a storyteller with more to lose than any other character, Motherless is a richly layered mystery about the power of perception-and deception-among people seeking forgiveness for irreversible sins.

I really enjoyed the unique perspective of this book. I was at first a bit confused about who was narrating the story, but once I realized it, everything made perfect sense. I found this book to be cleverly written, mysterious and full of intrigue. There were parts that seemed to drag or be a bit confusing or boring, but all in all, it kept my attention quite well. This is a story about regret, lies and the power of perception. It also deals with very real issues. This isn’t a light read, but it is an enjoyable one. Ultimately, it is a story about healing past mistakes and seeking forgiveness for indelible sins. My biggest issue with this book, is that it hints at seeking grace and forgiveness from God, in a post-death situation. I did not see any inclination while reading this book that the characters involved lived a life of Christian faith, yet the author seems to elude to the fact that they can find forgiveness and grace post-death. As a book that is categorized as Christian Fiction, I am bothered by this huge doctrinal error. It leaves me concerned that one might read this book and come to the conclusion that they can be redeemed from their sins after they die. I may have misunderstood or misread, but that is the direction I felt the author was taking. All in all, a good read with a very unique writing style.


*I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review. Many thanks to Thomas Nelson and the BookLook Blogging Program for this opportunity.


About the Author

Erin Healy is the bestselling coauthor of Burn and Kiss (with Ted Dekker) and an award-winning editor for many bestselling authors. She is a member of ACFW and Academy of Christian Editors. Her novels include such thrilling stories as Never Let You Go, The Baker’s Wife, Stranger Things, and Motherless. She and her family live in Colorado.


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