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Publisher's Summary

Rosemary's Baby meets The Return in Just Like Mother, Anne Heltzel's suspenseful modern gothic debut.

A girl would be such a blessing...

The last time Maeve saw her cousin was the night she escaped the cult they were raised in. For the past two decades, Maeve has worked hard to build a normal life in New York City, where she keeps everything—and everyone—at a safe distance. No dwelling in the past.

When Andrea suddenly reappears, Maeve regains the only true friend she’s ever had. Soon she’s spending more time at Andrea’s remote Catskills estate than in her own cramped apartment. Maeve doesn’t even mind that her cousin’s wealthy work friends clearly disapprove of her single lifestyle. After all, Andrea has made her fortune in the fertility industry—baby fever comes with the territory. 

The more Maeve immerses herself in Andrea’s world, the more disconnected she feels from her life back in the city, and the cousins’ increasing attachment triggers memories Maeve has fought hard to bury. But confronting the terrors of her childhood may be the only way for Maeve to transcend the nightmare still to come…

Spine-chilling and sharp, Just Like Mother is a modern gothic from a fresh new voice in horror.

A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Nightfire.

©2022 Anne Heltzel (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

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I don't know

It was good but it was like hearing a story from my mom and wanting to rush her to get to the end of what she's trying to convey.
It's not a bad book but honestly it's not what I thought it would have been.

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I did not see that coming!

I found the book mostly predictable but I couldn't stop listening. The end was a total surprise for me though! Warning: graphic sexual scenes, rape, and violence.

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Kind of disappointed

This book was a disappoint. The beginning part was slow moving and was the setup for the book but it was lacking, in my opinion. The rest of the book read like a dime Nivel and only has brief moments of suspense.

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Topical, Decent, Predictable

First off, I am a woman with a phobia of pregnancy who does not want children and in the wake of certain supreme court decisions being leaked this book is topical and the horror seemed curated specifically for me. It is an interesting listen for any modern woman trying to navigate her own ideas of bodily autonomy in a society that seems to want to reclaim more and more control over her. This, along with certain literary decisions which were highly effective in creating scenes of surreal horror kept me entranced through out the entire book.

However, it is predictable to the extent I found myself frustrated with the main character's decisions because spotting the machinations behind them was so obvious. Additionally a lot of the dialogue was awkward and stiff and hard to swallow at times.

If you are looking for an entertaining casual listen I recommend the book. If you are looking for plot twists or impressive prose this might not be the book for you. (Also, I was not expecting the amount of eroticism in the book. I didn't mind it and it wasn't poorly written or anything, but my boyfriend doesn't believe me that I wasn't listening to a romance novel. So if that's not what you like, this might also not be the best book for you.

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The stuff of Nightmares

"Rosemary's Baby meets The Return" might be an overstatement. Twisted but more than a bit predictable.

Narrator's sing-song voice was actually distracting for me.

Fell short of horror for me.