Blog Tour: Only a Mother by Elisabeth Carpenter

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the fabulous Only a Mother by Elisabeth Carpenter. Thank you to Tracy Fenton and Orion for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book as part of the blog tour.

About the book:

Erica Wright hasn’t needed to scrub ‘MURDERER’ off her house in over a year. Life is almost quiet again. Then her son, Craig, is released from prison, and she knows the quiet is going to be broken.
Erica has always believed Craig was innocent – despite the lies she told for him years ago – but when he arrives home, she notices the changes in him. She doesn’t recognise her son anymore.
So, when another girl goes missing, she starts to question everything. But how can a mother turn her back on her son? And, if she won’t, then how far will she go to protect him?

Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, Louise Jensen, Katerina Diamond, Helen Fields and CL Taylor – a hard-hitting psychological thriller told from the fresh perspective of a killer’s mother.

About the author:


Elisabeth Carpenter lives in Preston with her family. She completed a BA in English Literature and Language with the Open University in 2008.

Elisabeth was awarded a Northern Writers’ New Fiction award, and was longlisted for Yeovil Literary Prize (2015 and 2016) and the MsLexia Women’s Novel award (2015). She loves living in the north of England and sets most of her stories in the area, including the novel she is writing at the moment. She currently works as a book keeper.

My Review:

Only a Mother by Elisabeth Carpenter is a fabulous psychological thriller that explores the lengths a mother is willing to go to to protect her child.

Erica has always believed that her son is innocent, but after Craig is released from prison she begins to doubt everything she thought she knew about him. Could he really have committed the murder he was convicted of 17 years ago? Has she been wrong to believe in him all of these years?  And now another girl has gone missing and all the evidence is pointing to Craig being the perpetrator. So what should Erica as his mother do now?

Only a Mother is a superb page turner of a thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. Erica is a character I liked from the very start and I felt every emotion right along with her. Her unwavering love for her son is something any mother could understand and the story is written in a very believable and sympathetic way, both from the viewpoint of Erica and of the victim and her family.

This was the first book I’ve read by this author, but definitely won’t be the last as I loved it! Highly recommended.

Only a Mother by Elisabeth Carpenter is available to buy now: Amazon UK



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