‘I think she pushed him,’ I said to you quietly. ‘I think she pushed him . . .’

The arrival of baby Violet was meant to be the happiest day of my life. But as soon as I held her in my arms I knew something wasn’t right.

I had always known that the women in my family aren’t meant to be mothers.

My husband Fox says I’m imagining it. He tells me I’m nothing like my own mother, and that Violet is the sweetest child.

But she’s different with me. Something feels very wrong.

Is it her? Or is it me? Is she the monster? Or am I?

I brought this back in January but watching a event last night with Ashley and Sarah Vaughan pushed me to take this off my tbr pile. Safe to say I loved it as I devoured in one go!

A fascinating and scarily accurate portrayl of motherhood in its unfiltered form. It is so refreshing especially as a mum to read about mothers finding it difficult especially as someone who’s been on both ends of the stick. Ashley weaves those emotions all mothers feel especially in the early days through her writing.

This is a compelling and captivating read and blew me away. Addictive and thought provoking . Gripping from page 1 and has you turning the pages feverishly throughout.

A phenomenal debut and I look forward to reading more from this author.

Published 7th January

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