Written by Annie Murray
Mother and Child by Sunday Times bestseller Annie Murray is a moving story of loss, friendship and hope over two generations . . .
Jo and Ian’s marriage is hanging by a thread. One night almost two years ago, their only child, Paul, died in an accident that should never have happened. They have recently moved to a new area of Birmingham, to be near Ian’s mother Dorrie who is increasingly frail. As Jo spends more time with her mother-in-law, she suspects Dorrie wants to unburden herself of a secret that has cast a long shadow over her family.
Haunted by the death of her son, Jo catches a glimpse of a young boy in a magazine who resembles Paul. Reading the article, she learns of a tragedy in India . . . But it moves her so deeply, she is inspired to embark on a trip where she will learn about unimaginable pain and suffering.
As Jo learns more, she is determined to do her own small bit to help. With the help of new friends, Jo learns that from loss and grief, there is hope and healing in her future.
Thought-Provoking & Riveting!
Whilst this is – as always – an interesting tale from Annie Murray, there is so much more to this book!
Ian and Jo aren’t faring well as a couple since the sudden death of their only son; they have moved home, nearer to Ian’s mom whose health isn’t at it’s best. Having given up her job, Jo realises she is lonely – more so with the growing distance between her and her husband. When she sees a magazine picture of a young boy who strongly resembles her son and reads all about the Bhopal disaster in India which impacted on his life – and that of many others – she can’t shake it off. As she begins to develop a small group of friends, the desire to do something to help won’t go away – so what is she going to do about it?
On it’s own, this is a stunning story. Primarily, it is about a couple struggling on through the loss of a much loved son. In addition, the author is raising money from it to help those still affected – 30-plus years later – by this environmental disaster. It is an absolutely riveting read, thought-provoking in the extreme, but written in an entertaining manner. With an amazing spread of characters, each one is beautifully developed with their own back-story. There is so much to be taken from this novel, layer by layer, and it’s really up to the reader how far they invest in the back-tale. Either way, it’s an eye-opener, written by a gifted author who has cleverly constructed a superb story which is so appealing! I know this is one which is going to stay with me. No less than a full five stars will do!
My thanks to author Annie Murray who first contacted me about a review, and to publisher Pan Macmillan for my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: family saga
- Format: ebook, paperback, hardcover, audio
- Size: 357 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 17 October 2019
- Purchase Links: Google Play
- W. H. Smith
Annie Murray was born in Berkshire and read English at St John’s College, Oxford. Her first ‘Birmingham’ novel, Birmingham Rose, hit The Times bestseller list when it was published in 1995. She has subsequently written many other successful novels, including The Bells of Bournville Green, sequel to the bestselling Chocolate Girls, and A Hopscotch Summer. Annie has four children and lives near Reading.