A heart-stopping mother's story of love and loss, and a riveting drama that lets us inside the secret world of therapist and patient.
Ruth Hartland is the director of a trauma therapy unit in London. A psychotherapist with twenty years of experience, she is highly respected in her field. But her family life tells another story: her marriage has fractured and her grown daughter, Caroline, has moved far away to Australia. Most devastatingly, Caroline's twin brother, Tom, has disappeared and has had no contact with anyone for two years. Ruth's fragile son has always been sensitive and anxious, the opposite of his cheerful and resilient sister. She cannot give up hope of finding him, but feels she is living a kind of half-life, waiting for him to return.
Then Ruth is assigned a new patient, a young man who bears a striking resemblance to Tom. Ruth is determined to help Dan, but her own complicated feelings and family history cloud her judgement--and professional boundaries, once inviolable, are transgressed. When events spiral out of control, Ruth must confront the unthinkable and reckon with those who truly matter in her life.
Deeply insightful, with riveting twists and turns, A Good Enough Mother is a brilliant and heartfelt exploration of the responsibilities and limitations of motherhood.
“A gripping novel of what happens when unexpected loss breaks open the boundaries of a carefully constructed life, blurring perspectives and upending the best of intentions. This powerful story of love, loss—and ultimately, healing—will resonate with everyone who has ever loved a child.” —Kim Edwards, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Memory Keeper’s Daughter
“A fine novel. . . . A Good Enough Mother is raw and enthralling, with a strong emotional ache at its center.” —Hilma Wolitzer, author of An Available Man
“A Good Enough Mother packs an emotional punch and is a gripping, original read. It is a novel full of loss and longing and the complexities of human relationships.” —Kate Hamer, author of The Girl in the Red Coat
“A Good Enough Mother is gorgeously written: It’s both a riveting account of what goes on behind the scenes at your therapist’s office and a dark meditation on motherhood, marriage and grief. I couldn’t put it down.” —Lisa Gabriele, author of The Winters
“A beautiful, compelling book about the hopes and terrors of motherhood. You’ll stay up reading way too late, desperate to find out what happens next . . . and even when you manage to put the book down, Ruth’s story will haunt you.” —Gin Phillips, author of Fierce Kingdom
About the Author:
Bev Thomas was a clinical psychologist in the NHS for many years. She currently works as an organizational consultant in mental health and other services. She lives in London with her family.