Book Review – Mother by Hannah Begbie
“Her love for her daughter is everything Her love for him is deadly Cath had twenty-five perfect days with her newborn daughter before Mia’s deadly illness was diagnosed. As her life implodes, Cath’s despair drives her to a parental support group where she meets a father in a similar situation, the dangerously attractive Richard – charming, handsome and adamant that a cure for their children lies just over the horizon: everything Cath wants to believe. Their affair – and the chance to escape reality – is unavoidable, but carries catastrophic consequences: the nature of Mia’s illness means that Cath’s betrayal endangers not just her marriage but the life of her baby. Can she stop herself before it’s too late?”Catherine is a blissful mother for 25 days with newborn Mia and doting husband Dave, before the family crumbles under the deadly diagnosis of cystic fibrosis. Celebrations are long forgotten as the harsh reality of the incurable disease sinks in. After withdrawing completely from friends and family, Cath finally steps out of her dark depression into a charity support group, where she meets Richard. Richard has a 15 year old daughter affected by the same condition. He’s a bit of an expert who is championing for treatment and cures, so Richard is exactly what she needs – a dad who is upbeat and positive about the future, with a daughter who is doing just fine despite the illness. They tumble into an intense affair despite the fact that it’s dangerous for parents of children with cystic fibrosis to even touch, as cross contamination could be harming both their children. Putting the lives of both their children at risk, Cath tries to come to terms with her guilt and despair – as her identity as wife and mother is torn apart. There are some twists and turns along the way that will keep you turning the pages. Whilst this review is spoiler free, if you’ve read the book and would like to discuss it, you can include spoilers in the comments and I’ll respond! Cystic Fibrosis Resources: Amazon or at your local book store. It’s available in Kindle, Paperback and Audiobook. I’d like to thank the publisher, Harper Collins, for providing me with an ebook to review. Read more about my book reviews and their format!