The New Mother, by Julia Crouch

🎧 Audiobook review 🎧

You live with her. You trust her. But you don’t know her…

Wanted: full-time, live-in help for expectant mother. Must be organised, friendly and willing to do anything.

Rachel is determined to be the perfect mother. She has a birth plan, with a playlist and a bag ready by the door. She’s chosen a lovely light cream paint for the nursery, and in wide-eyed, innocent Abbie she’s found the perfect person to help her with her baby.

Because every mother needs a bit of help, don’t they?

But Rachel needs a little more than most.

She still makes sure her bedroom door is locked before she goes to sleep. She still checks the cameras that are dotted throughout the house.

Rachel trusts Abbie.

She just knows better than to trust herself…

Although there is a hint of a Single White Female/Hand That Rocked the Cradle feel to this book, it’s completely entertaining in it’s own right…there are some serious edge of seat, whaaaaat the heck is she doing?! moments that me hovering over the pause button but needing to know what happens even more. The New Mother does not hold back from either uncomfortable scenes, or the unflattering light it portrays social media users and it’s influencers…I will never look at a mummy blogger in the same way again and I am still torn between whether or not I actually liked any of the characters in this book – they are all flawed, they all have dark secrets, they are all human. Would I read more books by Julia Crouch? Definitely. Kirsty Dillon’s narration was excellent, she did the accents and voices so well and really brought out the claustrophobic feel of this book.

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