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Dear Mother: A gripping and emotional story that will make you sob your heart out by [Marsons, Angela]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 900 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Bookouture (1 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I77X49C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 730 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,260 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A book filled with so much heartache, cruelty, intensity and pain. But a great read all the same. And in the end, and what an end it is, love triumphs over adversity. This tale of three sisters had this bloke in tears at times and Angela Marson's writing of this tale is sublime. I look forward to Angela's books like a kid waiting for Santa. And Angela always ensures that Santa delivers. This book was a belter.
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By Avid Reader HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 6 May 2017
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I’m an obsessive reader of crime fiction and thrillers and I loved “Dead Souls”, so when I found this one on offer for May I bought it. Sadly, I didn’t get on with it and gave up after getting just a fifth of the way through. The writing is good and it hooked me into the story, but the characters give me the creeps and I just don’t want to continue.

Catherine is the oldest of three grown up sisters. She comes over as a hard-nosed career-minded woman who is ignoring her twin children as she’s working so hard. Alex is the youngest of the sisters, and I really dislike her. She has a one-night stand and throws that person out next morning, revolted. Beth is more likeable, but turns out to have been “accidentally” knocked into the fire by her mother. The mother, who has just died, was the devil incarnate. The child Catherine created a Christmas card at school for her mother, who mocked her, insulted her teacher, then threw the card into the bin. I don’t see any mother on the planet acting like that, and that was the point at which I stopped reading.

This is so gritty, and not for me. However, you might find it more believable than I did, so if you like really gritty stories maybe it’s for you. I fully expect the story to resolve into a happy ending so you might find the short-term pain to be ok in order to get pleasure later.
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The stark hopelessness of each sister took me on three journeys. Each scarred differently because of how they coped with traumatic incidents, how they each compartmentalised what they suffered or witnessed & dealt with a sister’s abuse or punishment by an unfit & mentally ill Mother. How the writer describes very different accounts of each sister's mental breakdown (as adult women) is harrowing, honest & tragic. Each has to find a different way to cope, and each have grown up having their character, personality & self destruction shaped by who their Mother was & whom they did not want to become.
I knew the final chapter would be devastating but having been a middle child myself I understood & could identify with much of how the middle sister is the most vulnerable yet is the 'glue' of the trio.
Middle Child Syndrome can be so painful as a child but add years of parental abuse & it must feel unbearable hence building a brick wall around one's self & forcing the worst memories into a metaphorical locked box in one's mind just to be able to exist & carry on as 'normal'.
I recommend this book to everyone as it is written very frankly about survival through mental & physical agony & how those experiences rarely allow you to grow into being, or feeling adequate as, the person you see in the mirror. That you know in your head you don't fit, or can't keep up the charade much longer, of who you are being as it's too scary & shocking to be who you are.
A perfect read for book groups as any discussions, opinions & breaking down the multi levels of psychology of the sister's in 'Dear Mother' is guaranteed to tug at a memory or incident that altered you too as you grew into adulthood - good or bad, inspirational or devastating. More so if you had siblings.
One passage in 'Dear Mother' I found profoundly disturbing in it's truth is that it is illegal to smack anyone - except our own child.
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Failed hugely to meet the expectations of the blurb and the "gripping and emotional story that will make you sob your heart out" claim. The plot was predictable and the characters incredibly one-dimensional stereotypes, making the entire read feel pointless. I skimmed to the end to see if there was a twist, but there wasn't. Glad it was only 99p.
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This was my first read of Angela Marsons books, I found myself getting lost into it from the first chapter, unlike some reads it was so easy to get into who was who, without keep going back to the first chapter to find out. It made me feel such emotion for the three sisters when they were children and then how they dealt with it through to thmeir adulthood, a very good read, encouraging me to look for more Angela Marson in the kindle store.
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I have become quite a fan of Angela Marsons recently and this one was also a very good read.
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Having read all of Angela's other books this was the one I had saved until last. Well I can tell you I was hooked from the first chapter. Three sister who had suffered, each finding their own coping mechanism to live on. How they cope, come back together and reveal their past is so well written. I dare you to read this and not cry like a baby.
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By *** on 21 Jun. 2017
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Just finished reading the Kim Stone series and this book would have a lot to live up to if it was anyway near as good. Boy oh boy it was. Had me gripped from start to finish and because I read it on a long plane journey , I enjoyed being able not to have to put it down to do other thing, made it a very pleasurable trip indeed.
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