• The Mothers

  • Five women. Five secrets. One missing husband.
  • By: Sarah J Naughton
  • Narrated by: Nicky Diss
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (68 ratings)

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The Mothers

By: Sarah J Naughton
Narrated by: Nicky Diss
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Publisher's Summary

When five very different mothers met in their NCT class three years ago, they had no idea that their lives were to become inextricably entwined.

There's Bella, stay-at-home mum of Teddy. She suffered postpartum psychosis after Teddy's birth. There's Chrissy, divorce lawyer, married to Russell. They're having some problems with their sex life. There's Electra, mother to twins, who is struggling with her son's behaviour. There's Skye, a single mother, who used a sperm donor to have her baby. Then there's Jen. She was supposed to be a mother, but it hasn't worked out like she expected.   

In fact, nothing has worked out quite like any of them expected, and now Bella's husband is missing - after stealing a life-changing amount of money from the accountancy he works at. The police want to get to the bottom of what happened, yet the five women seem to be hiding something. But what are they hiding? What secrets could possibly be holding these very different women together?  

For fans of Big Little Lies, Friend Request and He Said/She Said, this is first-class psychological suspense from the critically acclaimed Sarah J Naughton. 

©2019 Sarah J. Naughton (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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Very entertaining!!!

This audiobook earned five stars with me. Twists and turns, excellent narration, kept me engaged til the end. I highly recommend!!

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Among my favorites

Absolutely loved the complexity & craftiness of this story… bravo to both the author and narrator!

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Engaging but lacked depth

This book is a psychological thriller geared towards moms - think Big Little Lies, with less character development and a more disjointed and less captivating storyline. It hooked me enough to read it and it was an engaging mystery with a neatly packaged ending, but I wouldn't put it on my favorite reads bookshelf.

The Mothers follows five moms that met in an antenatal group in the UK, seemingly different women, bound together by motherhood and somehow connected to a male character disappearance. The character development and individual struggles of each mom painted a vivid picture of how motherhood affects different women based on their child, personality, career goals, and partner relationships. I found that it stumbled through its attempt to show how women from very different lifestyles and belief systems can form inseparable bonds through the trials and triumphs of motherhood. Overall, engaging storyline, but the character development could have been better executed. There was also a police storyline that attempted to show how women are less valued/regarded/trusted in law enforcement, and how that may have hampered the investigation, but it was half-baked and could have been better executed. The conclusion came abruptly and it all wrapped up, but it left me feeling like parts of the story were missing and/or could have been told better. Read it if you have extra time to kill, but don't push it to the top of your list.

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  • 01-09-22

Reminds me of Big Little Lies….

This was okay. Wouldn’t recommend. A bit predictable but some nice twists. The narrator was good. Not as good as Big Little Lies.

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Didn’t want to stop listening!

Its entertaining and holds your attention the whole time. The narrator was great. I was listening and trying to work so there were a few times it was a bit difficult to keep all the moms separate in my head but it was still attention grabbing. I simply backed up and listened to the parts I felt like I hadn’t fully grasped - one more time. The twists towards the end and at the every end I was not expecting. Definitely recommend the book

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  • 01-28-20

Another Thriller Muddied by Mental Health Issues

This book is hard to rate - I really liked "Tattletale" and I ADORED "The Other Couple" - so I really was expecting great things from this author Sarah J Naughton and had this book on pre order as soon as I heard of it. The set up of the diverse group of friends was intriguing and the missing husband and chapter one did start out well. The narration was excellent, the story seemed like it was a real page turner but being overshadowed by mental illness ruined it for me.

In fact I nearly returned it before I even reached the first chapter as I found the prologue so off putting. I listen to audiobooks for relaxation and I find a great thriller, especially one set in a luxurious exotic setting as "The Other Couple" was to be just perfect .... but as soon as the red herring of a hallucination inducing psychiatric disorder is introduced, I just do not want to hear any more.
Firstly because it is a serious, disturbing and gritty issue, especially when it involves post natal depression and secondly because it is such a cop out as a suspense device .... is a man really following me with an axe in his pocket or was it the milkman and I am going bonkers.
Rather like the equally serious and upsetting cave-in of animal cruelty being used to ramp up the drama and impending threat - I find it just such a cheap cliche and in the case of many less talented authors, struggling to write a thriller just plain lazy and transparently formulaic.
I suppose I just expected more from Sarah J Naughton who is a compelling storyteller and once the shadow of mental illness/postnatal depression and delusions was cast I just was no longer interested in reading a thriller - however good - which depends on psychiatric disorders to work.
I also think it is disrespectful to those who struggle with mental disorders that this is used so much as a weasel in thrillers.
I am sure this book was written very well as per the first two books but for me, I prefer plot lines where one of the main characters does not fear they are having a terrifying slide into psychosis, as apart from anything else,it has been done to death already.
I will look out for Sarah J Naughton's next book, but am returning this one and just so sorry it was not on a par with "The Other Couple".

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  • Fee
  • 01-11-20

Good listen

I liked the narration of this book and the story was enjoyable and more so because, for a change, I didn’t see all of the twists coming.

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  • Neen Machine
  • 05-06-20

Waste of time

So disappointed - really enjoyed her writing but there was no story, no message, no entertainment, just a waste of time and talent.

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  • Bethany Reaney
  • 03-17-20

Fascinating story, lazy characterisation.

Interesting story but some characters felt painfully cliché. A clear aim to include a diverse range of characters but the 'hippy', the 'gay man', the 'queer lady' , 'troubled detective' all felt like they had been written 100 times before and it became difficult to feel for the characters when they were so clearly archetypes of diversity.

The author made some peculiar and unlikely choices in character also as for some reason the lead detective Iona, feels the need to say whether she would date or fall in love with every woman she meets. I don't know if this was a way of reminding the reader about Iona's sexuality or showing that she was very much longing for a partner but it felt incredibly unprofessional and out of place. As a queer lady I can't fathom doing this and I don't think anyone feels the need to describe whether they would date someone everytime they meet someone new?

The story is somewhat predictable but with fascinating loops and turns that leaves you where you thought you'd be but in an engaging and thought-provoking way.

Narrator is excellent and conveys characters well. I would warn however that if you are listening on a low volume you may struggle to hear any whispered dialogue without turning it up a bit.

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  • Mark V.
  • 11-01-22

Unexpected twist

Brilliant book with an unexpected twist. Loved all the women coming together from different parts of life. Well read.

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  • ed acteson
  • 08-19-22

dull plot twist.

Even I saw the plot twist coming from a mile away and thats saying something. the characters were dull and the story unbelievable and flat. I managed to finish it as the narration was nicely done. Maybe I'm just a bitter mother with no mum friends so I couldn't relate.

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  • Mum from Devon
  • 06-10-22

Does there really need to be so many f bombs?

Good book, good story line, nice narration but found the language too foul, is there really a need for so many f bombs?

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  • Morag Thorpe
  • 05-08-22

You MUST hear this!

Brilliant story, fabulous characters, fantastic plot! What a writer!
Now I’m going to listen to all her other novels. Hurry up and write more, please.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-04-22

Brilliant plot

kept me gripped and entertained throughout. loved the characters and the twist in their relationship

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  • Guitar Girl London
  • 04-06-22

Boring, dull with no character development

I couldn't wait to finish this for the wrong reasons! Slow story and not at all gripping.