Title: Mothers and Other Liars
Author: Amy Bourret
Release Date: August 3, 2010
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5
Nine fateful years ago, Ruby made a choice, and in doing so, gained a infant daughter she named Lark. Fast forward to the present, and Ruby discovers that her choice may not have been as innocent as she thought it was. Caught between her love for her daughter and doing the right thing, Ruby must make some difficult choices that seem to only be leading towards her unhappiness.
Mothers and Other Liars is a heart wrenching novel that is all about consequences. Ruby’s decision, however innocent it may have seemed at the time, is about to blow up in her face, and she doesn’t know what to do. She is blinded by love for her daughter and can’t imagine a future without Lark, but at the same time, she has a strong moral core that is telling her she has to do the right thing. Though Ruby’s initial decision seems foolish, hindsight is 20/20, and readers will sympathize with her situation.
The writing in Mothers in Other Liars is beautiful, if a bit overwrought. It works with the dramatic storyline, and for the most part is clear and precise. Bourret is clearly a talented writer and I hope this will not be her last book, as I’m curious to see which direction her writing takes her next.
As Mothers and Other Liars progresses, the moral questions come to the front of the book, as they are clearly the core of the novel. Bourret’s aim seems to be to get readers thinking about what their actions might be in Ruby’s place, and it works well. As a result, this would make an excellent book club pick, because readers will be clamoring to discuss Ruby’s decisions, especially one that had me raising my eyebrows towards the end of the book.
Mothers and Other Liars takes some unbelievable twists and turns as the story progresses, but by that point readers are so invested in the book that they can forgive the stretches. I must admit, I didn’t fully warm to Ruby, as I felt like she made some horrible decisions, but it didn’t stop me from enjoying the thrill ride, wanting to know what happened in the end.