The more Maeve immerses herself in Andrea’s world, the more disconnected she feels from her life back in the city; and the cousins’ increasing attachment triggers memories Maeve has fought hard to bury. But confronting the terrors of her childhood may be the only way for Maeve to transcend the nightmare still to come…
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Just Like Mother by Anne Heltzel is a fast-paced psychological horror novel about family and the deadly grip of cults. The author portrays women in a way that makes them superior to men because they can do the one magical thing that men can’t- give birth. One may wonder if this can be written in a way that doesn’t feel sexist and I have to say, she does. This story isn’t about females actually being superior its about these superiority complexes and the deadly consequences they can have on those who are mentally vulnerable. This is certainly a chilling tale, one that has eerie undertones as the possibilities of this type of cult being REAL is there. And the author does a wonderful job when it comes to weaving this story through the past and present so that we can gain an understanding of their motivations. I found it to be a pretty brilliant read.
Now, I don’t want readers to go into this one thinking the whole book is entirely about the “mothers” cult because it’s not; not completely anyway. We actually follow two cousins who reconnect 20 years AFTER escaping this cult and see how their complex relationship withstands the years of being away from each other. Are they both truly happy to have reconnected? Or are there more sinister things at play? This is what you will thrust into as you read Just Like Mother.
All in all, I found this to be a solid read. While the characters aren’t the most likeable the story itself is a chilling and brilliant read. I definitely recommend this one to fans of psychological horror and suspense novels.
𝗣𝗘𝗥𝗙𝗘𝗖𝗧 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗙𝗔𝗡𝗦 𝗢𝗙:
• Horror/Psychological Horror Novels
• Books centered around cults
• Darker family stories
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