When Daphne Marist and her infant daughter, Chloe, pull up the gravel drive to the home of Daphne’s new employer, it feels like they’ve entered a whole new world. Tucked in the Catskills, the stone mansion looks like something out of a fairy tale, its lush landscaping hiding the view of the mental asylum just beyond its border. Daphne secured the live-in position using an assumed name and fake credentials, telling no one that she’s on the run from a controlling husband who has threatened to take her daughter away.
Daphne’s new life is a far cry from the one she had in Westchester where, just months before, she and her husband welcomed little Chloe. From the start, Daphne tries to be a good mother, but she’s plagued by dark moods and intrusive thoughts that convince her she’s capable of harming her own daughter. When Daphne is diagnosed with Post Partum Mood Disorder, her downward spiral feels unstoppable—until she meets Laurel Hobbes.
Laurel, who also has a daughter named Chloe, is everything Daphne isn’t: charismatic, sophisticated, fearless. They immediately form an intense friendship, revealing secrets to one another they thought they’d never share. Soon, they start to look alike, dress alike, and talk alike, their lives mirroring one another in strange and disturbing ways. But Daphne realizes only too late that being friends with Laurel will come at a very shocking price—one that will ultimately lead her to that towering mansion in the Catskills where terrifying, long-hidden truths will finally be revealed. (From Goodreads)
Thank you to William Morrow Books #partner For the free book. Below is my honest review, and all opinions are my own.
I rate this book a 3.75 Stars out of 5.
First and foremost, I want to thank the author for the trigger warning on the first page of this book. I have yet to see an author do that, so I applaud you Carol Goodman. I had never heard of Postpartum Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, prior to reading this book. So thank you again for shedding light on a subject that needs to be brought to light. Mental Illness is a topic no one should be ashamed to write about, read about, or talk about.
Now, onto the book. This was such a dark, complex read, it was so much more than your common psychological thriller. It was dark, twisty, and sometimes hard to follow. At some points my brain was dizzy, I couldn’t put two and two together, I couldn’t make certain parts add up, it was actually very stressful. But then more twists came, and I was back to understanding, and had a much clearer picture of what was going on in this book. While I found some parts of this book completely unrealistic, other parts were so well written, that it over looked that aspect of it.
I liked that no one was what they seemed, that even those you thought were “mentally stable” were not, you just had zero clue who to trust, and who to believe. It was quite the roller coaster ride, that’s for sure. It didn’t take too long to finish this book once I was engulfed in the story, it took me about 150 pages before I was really gripped by the story. But once I was, it was so hard to put down. This was my first Carol Goodman book, it looks like she has a long list of books she has written, I will definitely be interested in reading some more of her work. I found Goodman’s writing to be very dark, gritty, and very descriptive. I felt what Daphne was feeling, her fear, her heartache, her happiness, her confusion. I could totally envision the Mansion in the Catskills, and it’s grounds. Goodman is very good at painting a clear picture.
This book is out March 27th, I will include the Goodreads and Amazon Links below. If you have read this one, feel free to drop a comment, and if you or anyone you know is thinking of hurting themselves, please seek help. I will include some links for that as well. If you ever need anyone to talk to, my inbox is ALWAYS open.
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