Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas

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Read Mother, Mother Online Free - Josephine Hurst has her family under control. With two beautiful daughters, a brilliantly intelligent son, a tech-guru of a husband and a historical landmark home, her life is picture perfect. She has everything she wants; all she has to do is keep it that way. But living in this matriarch’s determinedly cheerful, yet subtly controlling domain hasn’t been easy for her family, and when her oldest daughter, Rose, runs off with a mysterious boyfriend, Josephine tightens her grip, gradually turning her flawless home into a darker sort of prison.

Resentful of her sister’s newfound freedom, Violet turns to eastern philosophy, hallucinogenic drugs, and extreme fasting, eventually landing herself in the psych ward. Meanwhile, her brother Will shrinks further into a world of self-doubt. Recently diagnosed with Aspergers and epilepsy, he’s separated from the other kids around town and is homeschooled to ensure his safety. Their father, Douglas, finds resolve in the bottom of the bottle—an addict craving his own chance to escape. Josephine struggles to maintain the family’s impeccable façade, but when a violent incident leads to a visit from child protective services, the truth about the Hursts might finally be revealed.

Title : Mother, Mother
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ISBN : 0385347235
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 366 pages


Theresa rated it ★★★★★

January 11, 2016

Wow. What a book! I'm glad Josephine Hurst isn't my mother. Jeez. The lengths a mother will go to gloss over the ugly truth about her emotionally-wounded, decaying family. I loved the alternating point-of-views from Violet and William Hurst. I felt a lot of empathy for them. Such a toxic family b...

Wendy Darling rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 29, 2013

2.5 stars Successful psychological thrillers usually rely on a couple of key things: interesting characters and the element of surprise. These characters aren't particularly nuanced, and are slotted into roles as if they're in a play, and I find it disappointing that the mother and Will in partic...

Dianne rated it ★★★☆☆

June 04, 2016

Interesting study of a family in crisis - a mom, a dad, two daughters, and a son. The story is narrated by the middle daughter and the youngest son. The oldest daughter has run away. I don't really want to give away too much, so won't get into the plot. It's a blend of character study and mystery...

Zoeytron rated it ★★★☆☆

March 04, 2014

I am a hopeless thrall for bad mommy books, and Mother, Mother does not disappoint. Josephine is the mama, a full-blown narcissist who plays nasty little mind games to manipulate her brood, with varying degrees of success. She specializes in keeping her family off-balance and questioning themselv...

Brenda rated it ★★★★☆

July 05, 2016

At first, I thought this family just had typical teenagers complaining about their parents. I thought the eldest, a 20 year old young woman, had just left home to live with her boyfriend. I thought the 16 year old daughter was just rebelling, and that the pre-teen son was now savoring the attenti...

Patrice rated it ★★★★☆

September 18, 2013

Talk about a family with major issues and secrets. Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas is the exploration of a family who's matriarch is possibly one of the most vile, nutcases I have read in a long time. Mother, Mother is brilliantly twisted, engrossing, and makes those of us with "normal" parents...

Robert rated it ★★★☆☆

September 14, 2013

I’d like to nominate Douglas and Josephine Hurst for parents of the year. He’s an absentee father who’s doing a real fine job of drinking himself to death, while she’s a narcissistic mother who’d like to split ends with her family and the entire populace at large. If ever there was a case for the...

Kelly (and the Book Boar) rated it ★★★☆☆

August 21, 2014

Find all of my reviews at: I was so sure this would end up a 4 Star book. “If only people closed their eyes when Josephine spoke, maybe then they’d hear it: cat-woman crazy, fueled by sadism and bottomless need.” Ohhhhhhhh, Josie the Soci (as in sociopath) was...

Liz rated it ★★★★☆

January 22, 2014

All is not well with the Hurst family. No indeed tell me about it! All is certainly NOT well with the Hurst family. But what, I wonder, could be at the heart of that disease? Well thats what Koren Zailckas looks at here – a family dynamic – and something at its core that is eating away at the whol...

☮Karen rated it ★★★★☆

August 09, 2016

After reading another book about secrets last week, I was just talking about how most of us put on a public persona so we are more likable to others, keeping our true thoughts to ourselves. In Mother, Mother, that’s putting it mildly. In fact, Mother, aka Josephine Hurst, is so despicable, she ma...

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