The Second Mother
Opportunity: Teacher needed in one-room schoolhouse on remote island in Maine. Certification in grades K-8 a must.Julie Weathers isn't sure if she's running away or starting over, but moving to a remote island off the coast of Maine feels right for someone with reasons to flee her old life. The sun-washed, sea-stormed speck of land seems welcoming, the lobster plentiful, and the community close and tightly knit. She finds friends in her nearest neighbor and Callum, a man who appears to be using the island for the same thing as she: escape.But as Julie takes on the challenge of teaching the island's children, she comes to suspect that she may have traded one place shrouded in trouble for another, and she begins to wonder if the greatest danger on Mercy Island is its lost location far out to sea, or the people who live there.

The Second Mother Details

TitleThe Second Mother
Author
ReleaseJul 7th, 2020
PublisherSourcebooks Landmark
ISBN-139781492694441
Rating
GenreThriller, Adult

The Second Mother Review

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    Yeap, we have another Switzerland book: that I didn’t adore but I don’t have any negative feelings about it so I decided to meet in the middle. We have a promising coastal setting and intriguing start: Julie Weathers wants a fresh start after her loss of baby and divorce, moves to the remote island located in Maine, starts her teaching job (considering she is only teacher educate kindergartens to eight grades, she has so much work to do) She meets with Ellie who afford to drink more wine than m Yeap, we have another Switzerland book: that I didn’t adore but I don’t have any negative feelings about it so I decided to meet in the middle. We have a promising coastal setting and intriguing start: Julie Weathers wants a fresh start after her loss of baby and divorce, moves to the remote island located in Maine, starts her teaching job (considering she is only teacher educate kindergartens to eight grades, she has so much work to do) She meets with Ellie who afford to drink more wine than me and throughout her friendship she learns more about island history and menacing grandmother Hempstead’s family. ( I think that irritating woman is the only thrilling character makes your little hairs on your arms stand up!) She also meets with Peter who becomes regular intruder of her new home, a problematic teenage who needs urgent help.And slowly some strange things start to happen throughout her stay. But the suspense part of the story is not sufficient enough. This book is mostly a dramatic adult fiction about suffer, grief, pain, learning to deal with your losses. It is slow burn, there is too much meandering, unnecessary repeating, parts about pranks have been pulled for Julie are taking too many pages and second half are mostly about Julie’s forming relationship with her students which are also emotional, dramatic but as you may imagine, there are still not enough mysterious parts in this story.As a fiction it was long, but the characterizations and back stories are easy to relate so I would give 4 for fiction but as a thriller, I gave it 2 stars because there is nothing dazzling, questioning and also riveting about the story.Average: 3 solid stars. I happily declare this is good book as a fiction with it is interesting story-telling style but I’m disappointed that I couldn’t find the eerie, blood freezing, exciting story that I hope to read. I wish it would be presented as adult fiction or women’s fiction because there are so many good parts about a mother’s grief and trying to keep her head above after her tragic loss.Special thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for sharing this ARC in exchange my honest review.
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    With her ever masterful sense of place and astute psychological insight, Jenny Milchman takes us on a journey from the Adirondack Mountains to a remote island off the coast of Maine, and from the dark depths of grief into the light. This is a harrowing and heart wrenching story that earns its place in the sun.
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  • Jessica Mathews
    January 1, 1970
    Julie, a grieving mother, had lost her daughter and now her husband asked for divorce. When she answered an ad online for a teaching position on a small island she never thought it would have been as challenging as it was. Dealing with island politics, a friend that tries to sabotage you in every way, remaining sober and a Grandmother that ruled with an iron fist deemed impossible. Peter, grandson of iron fist granny, came across as troubled but when he revealed information to Julie he came acro Julie, a grieving mother, had lost her daughter and now her husband asked for divorce. When she answered an ad online for a teaching position on a small island she never thought it would have been as challenging as it was. Dealing with island politics, a friend that tries to sabotage you in every way, remaining sober and a Grandmother that ruled with an iron fist deemed impossible. Peter, grandson of iron fist granny, came across as troubled but when he revealed information to Julie he came across by ease dropping little did he know it was life changing for him. Julie fought to give Peter the life he deserved even though it also cost her her own life and she found love again during the process.Overall the book started a little slow and was hard for me to get into. Once it speed picked up I was unable to put it down. Thank you @netgalley for the arc!
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  • Ludwig Reads
    January 1, 1970
    This book’s best attributes were the coastal setting + how strong the story started off. The first half is dedicated to telling the story of a woman who moves to an island in order to start her teaching job in a one-room schoolhouse, then strange things start to happen around the house where she's staying.Our protagonist has experienced so much loss; she’s lost her baby, she's recently divorced...so in order to put her past behind her, she moves away from home and starts a teaching job, and - in This book’s best attributes were the coastal setting + how strong the story started off. The first half is dedicated to telling the story of a woman who moves to an island in order to start her teaching job in a one-room schoolhouse, then strange things start to happen around the house where she's staying.Our protagonist has experienced so much loss; she’s lost her baby, she's recently divorced...so in order to put her past behind her, she moves away from home and starts a teaching job, and - in the second half of the book - works on strengthening her relationship with her students (one in particular); there is so much emphasis on this aspect as the story moves forward.There were some passages with suspense but they were so few and hugely overpowered by events and dialogue that had little to no connection to what the premise promises. I understand now that this book is less of a mystery and more of a tale about grief, hope and family.
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  • beachbum bookworm
    January 1, 1970
    Answering an ad on opportunity.com for a teacher on a small remote island off the coast of Maine feels right. Julie Weathers needs a fresh start. A start away from Wedeskyull, New York. The place where she lost her baby, and her marriage has just imploded….a fact she was unaware of until her husband informed her that he was not interested in joining her in Maine, but instead wanted a divorce. She soon discovers that although they may be diverse, this island has its own problems. The landscape of Answering an ad on opportunity.com for a teacher on a small remote island off the coast of Maine feels right. Julie Weathers needs a fresh start. A start away from Wedeskyull, New York. The place where she lost her baby, and her marriage has just imploded….a fact she was unaware of until her husband informed her that he was not interested in joining her in Maine, but instead wanted a divorce. She soon discovers that although they may be diverse, this island has its own problems. The landscape of this book was beautiful…..and the author did a great job painting the picture of a village in Adirondack and the island. I enjoyed the author's writing style. She was brilliant at making us feel the impact of how controlling money and the hierarchy of power can be anywhere….whether it's a huge city and fortune 500 company or a remote coastal island and gangs of lobster fisherman. That being said...this book was all talk and very little action. Seriously...so much dialogue, but little going on for long periods of time. It's hard to not lose interest. When I was almost to my limit the book pulled me back in and finished strong.Check out my blog at: http://beachbumbookworm.com/I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Netgalley, the author Jenny Milchman, and the publisher for this opportunity.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Sourcebooks Landmark and NetGalley for this arcI give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. A story about a mother who went through many heartaches to include losing a child and that pushes her to make bad choices. But she wants to leave all of it behind and start a new thus, and she accepted a teaching job in Mercy Island for a clean slate. Little does she know, and her new life will become as dreadful as her old one.The whole story has a gripping and mind-blowing effect, and all the characters are wel Thank you Sourcebooks Landmark and NetGalley for this arcI give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. A story about a mother who went through many heartaches to include losing a child and that pushes her to make bad choices. But she wants to leave all of it behind and start a new thus, and she accepted a teaching job in Mercy Island for a clean slate. Little does she know, and her new life will become as dreadful as her old one.The whole story has a gripping and mind-blowing effect, and all the characters are well developed. There is some part that seems to be a bit slow, but the twists made up for it. A small island with many secrets means tons of mysteries to bring to light. I like it.
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  • Mandy McHugh
    January 1, 1970
    I love the process of picking books for my TBR. Whether it's a good blurb, a beloved author, or an amazing cover, it's something of which I never tire. The Second Mother's cover caught my eye; that pink is striking, and the blurb was intriguing. I jumped in and lost myself within pages. Following the unexpected death of her baby girl, Julie is lost. She's an alcoholic treading water, unable to find her footing, until a chance job posting gives her the opportunity she didn't even know she was loo I love the process of picking books for my TBR. Whether it's a good blurb, a beloved author, or an amazing cover, it's something of which I never tire. The Second Mother's cover caught my eye; that pink is striking, and the blurb was intriguing. I jumped in and lost myself within pages. Following the unexpected death of her baby girl, Julie is lost. She's an alcoholic treading water, unable to find her footing, until a chance job posting gives her the opportunity she didn't even know she was looking for: one year of teaching on a secluded island off the coast of Maine. As her husband asks for a divorce, Julie is pleased to accept the position and start over, only to find that things on the island will require more than adjusting to life without wi-fi and cars. This is the kind of sprawling generational book that digs deep into a way of life that you might not expect to still exist. Having grown up near the ADKS, I loved the references to mountain life and being off the beaten path. Tourist season in Lake George keeps the area booming, and life on Mercy wasn't much different in terms of the familial expectations and routines. Milchman created an insightful, stark portrayal of a small fishing community whose town is disintegrating faster than the crumbling banks on which it sits. Without the younger generation to carry on its legacy, Mercy will be lost, and the wealthiest family on the island is hell-bent on keeping things in order. I loved this aspect most of all, and the parts where this novel really succeeded were in Julie's interactions with the lifers. Additionally, the spirit Julie embodies when she accepts her job as teacher carried more symbolism than the giant lighthouse on stage. While she quite literally has a "savior complex" to a degree, Julie is motivated by nothing except doing what's right for the children. She's not trying to save them from their way of life. She doesn't want to expand their technological horizons or show them that there's a big world out there; rather, she wants them to learn the maps of their own hearts. Many of the kids are expected to fulfill their parents' wishes, and while she understands most if not all will do that, she also wants them to find satisfaction and truth for themselves, and I found that aspect of her character to be beautiful. More quietly suspenseful than all-out thriller, The Second Mother is a slow burn of exciting proportions. You won't regret getting lost in Mercy, just be sure you know how to swim. Big thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks for providing an eARC in exchange for review consideration.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    THE SECOND MOTHERBY JENNY MILCHMANJulie Weathers accepts a new job at a new location on an Island off of the coast of Maine as the only teacher in grades kindergarten through grade eight. Right in the beginning the reader learns that her marriage is ending in divorce and her baby died. Her husband Dave and her have been drowning their sorrows in getting drunk on scotch. Julie ventures to Mercy Island with her appointed housing in one of the central character's old house an adolescent boy named P THE SECOND MOTHERBY JENNY MILCHMANJulie Weathers accepts a new job at a new location on an Island off of the coast of Maine as the only teacher in grades kindergarten through grade eight. Right in the beginning the reader learns that her marriage is ending in divorce and her baby died. Her husband Dave and her have been drowning their sorrows in getting drunk on scotch. Julie ventures to Mercy Island with her appointed housing in one of the central character's old house an adolescent boy named Peter Hempstead. The Hempstead's, Julie learns are like Mercy Island royalty and leading the iconic family is the grandmother Maryanne Hempstead who I found to be sinister and menacing. I didn't like her right from the start. Julie thinks Peter is a troubled tween because he shows up uninvited into the house she has been given to live in while teaching. Julie finds out that he could be confused because that used to be his old house. One of the main non talking character's is Julie's dog Depot whose bark lets her know if Peter is in her house. She thinks a character named Ellie who drinks 2 or 3 bottles of wine and is really a pawn of Grandmother Hempstead's, is there to show her around the Island is her friend and in some ways she is. But mostly Ellie is there to fill Julie's head with the hierarchy of the Island which consists of lobstering. I thought the premise of this book is promising having one mother whose lost a child relate to another set of parent's who have lost a child. The problems were this is something that takes place too late in the story. There is too much meandering around not getting to this a lot sooner instead of pranks being pulled on Julie. There isn't even a thread that follows through on Julie's whole purpose there to be a teacher. The novel had a spooky vibe to it about Julie's safety. I had the feeling while reading this while entertaining just was going off in too many directions. I did like Julie's character and would have liked to see more of her relationship with Callam developed. He was the only one she could trust on the Island besides Peter. I also think that the Grandmother, Maryanne Hempstead was not believable in how much power she held over the other Islander's was very believable and found it hard to believe that her husband let her rule over him in letting his daughter Melinda suffer without having physical custody over her biological son Peter. My closing thoughts on "The Second Mother," are you really have to suspend belief throughout reading this one. I really wish I would have liked this more. Thank you to Net Galley, Jenny Milchman and Sourcebooks Publishing for providing me with my ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.Publication Date: July 7, 2020#TheSecondMother #JennyMilchman #NetGalley #Sourcebookspublishing
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    The highest compliment I can pay a book: I couldn’t put it down; I was up way past my bedtime so I could finish reading it. That’s what happened last night. I just had to finish THE SECOND MOTHER before I could go to sleep.Like all Jenny Milchman’s novels before, which either take place in or are about someone from Wedeskyull, a small town in the mountains of New York, THE SECOND MOTHER begins there. Julie, a niece of the disgraced ex-chief of the Wedeskyull police, is grieving the death of her The highest compliment I can pay a book: I couldn’t put it down; I was up way past my bedtime so I could finish reading it. That’s what happened last night. I just had to finish THE SECOND MOTHER before I could go to sleep.Like all Jenny Milchman’s novels before, which either take place in or are about someone from Wedeskyull, a small town in the mountains of New York, THE SECOND MOTHER begins there. Julie, a niece of the disgraced ex-chief of the Wedeskyull police, is grieving the death of her baby girl. She wants to get away from Wedeskyull so decides to resume her teaching career on a small island off the coast of Maine. There is where she experiences even greater trouble.The island is full of secrets and lies. Has Julie become incarcerated in a mental institution?Disregard a job application that asks marital status and number of children. Accept the unlikely abilities of elementary-school-age children. Go with it. Then you have here a most excellent and suspenseful story.
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  • Vickie
    January 1, 1970
    The story of Julie Weathers is one of a slow burn to an “ah-ha” reveal. Julie has left behind her grief over losing her infant daughter and her betrayal by her husband who then asks for a divorce. In her attempt to start over again, Julie answers an ad for a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse on a remote island in Maine. At the island, Julie befriends Ellie who tells her a lot of island secrets as she drinks wine excessively. Julie attempts to befriend the dowager “queen” of the island, grandmoth The story of Julie Weathers is one of a slow burn to an “ah-ha” reveal. Julie has left behind her grief over losing her infant daughter and her betrayal by her husband who then asks for a divorce. In her attempt to start over again, Julie answers an ad for a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse on a remote island in Maine. At the island, Julie befriends Ellie who tells her a lot of island secrets as she drinks wine excessively. Julie attempts to befriend the dowager “queen” of the island, grandmother Hempstead, but seems to make an enemy of her from the beginning. Therein lies part of the mystery. Why is this leader on the island so unfriendly, in fact actually menacing at times? Julie also tries to help teen-ager Peter, a young man who is precociously intelligent but who keeps showing up unexpectedly wherever Julie is, scaring her and creeping out me. Then there is Callum, a man who handily does repairs at Julie’s new house and who also seems to be using the island for escape. His backstory is a big part of the draw to reading and finishing the book. The plot is so-so, but the characterization is excellent, with characters who are deep and realistically portrayed. I enjoyed reading the book, especially the fact that it made me think back on it after I read it and realize how deep it really was. DisclaimerDisclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”
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  • Samantha Gonsalves
    January 1, 1970
    The Second Mother was a good suspenseful drama, with a lot of feel-good moments that had me cheering for Julie Weathers the central character. This book is not a thriller but had me hooked & I found it difficult to put down. The plot was great with some very realistic characters & dramatic & suspenseful events yet not over-the-top or unbelievable. I loved reading about the idyllic Mercy island & the ruthless Hempsteads at its helm commanding over it with a lot of authority & passion. Ever since The Second Mother was a good suspenseful drama, with a lot of feel-good moments that had me cheering for Julie Weathers the central character. This book is not a thriller but had me hooked & I found it difficult to put down. The plot was great with some very realistic characters & dramatic & suspenseful events yet not over-the-top or unbelievable. I loved reading about the idyllic Mercy island & the ruthless Hempsteads at its helm commanding over it with a lot of authority & passion. Ever since Julie arrives on Mercy, she's had the feeling of being watched over. There are creepy things happening in the house she's put up at. Apart from all the bad things thrown at her I hated the incident with Depot, Julie's dog. Yet that was one of the best scenes in the book.The theme of a secluded & isolated island life was very intriguing as well. Going by the other reviews, I wasn't as keen to pick this book, but I'm glad I did because it had a great storyline. Overall this book was a very pleasant yet suspenseful read. The finish was very exciting, twisted & dramatic!Thank You, NetGalley, Sourcebooks Landmark & Jenny Milchman for an arc!
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 starsI didn’t dislike this book, but I didn’t like it either. Let me get through the bad before I get to the good. I really struggled with the author’s writing style. Throughout a lot of the book, I found myself unsure as to how a character got into a particular situation and had to go back and re-read several paragraphs to figure out where I got lost. I also felt like for such a long book, not a whole lot happens. Ok, now that I got that out of the way, let me say what I did like about this 2.5 starsI didn’t dislike this book, but I didn’t like it either. Let me get through the bad before I get to the good. I really struggled with the author’s writing style. Throughout a lot of the book, I found myself unsure as to how a character got into a particular situation and had to go back and re-read several paragraphs to figure out where I got lost. I also felt like for such a long book, not a whole lot happens. Ok, now that I got that out of the way, let me say what I did like about this book. I loved the main character. Her grief in the beginning of the book is so tangible it felt as if I was living it. I also loved her relationship with her dog, it so accurately portrayed how pet owners bond and know everything about their pets. The settings were another really high point of this novel. The confining picturesque landscapes of the island and the small mountain town Julie came from were stunningly described and amazingly paralleled. The book was an ok read, I finished it and don’t regret reading it, I just didn’t love it like I had hoped.
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  • Doris Vandruff
    January 1, 1970
    Julie has left her hometown and a life of sorrow to go to Mercy Island. There she will be a teacher. Hopefully she can get over her divorce and the death of her baby daughter. The Hempstead's are the top echelon of Mercy Island. Their family have been the top lobstermen in years. Their grandson Peter will be next in line to take over the family's business. Right now he's only eleven and will be in Julie's class.Julie discovers things aren't always what they seem. Friendly faces one moment and no Julie has left her hometown and a life of sorrow to go to Mercy Island. There she will be a teacher. Hopefully she can get over her divorce and the death of her baby daughter. The Hempstead's are the top echelon of Mercy Island. Their family have been the top lobstermen in years. Their grandson Peter will be next in line to take over the family's business. Right now he's only eleven and will be in Julie's class.Julie discovers things aren't always what they seem. Friendly faces one moment and not so friendly later. Strange and mysterious sounds and happenings are all around her.Her survival may be in discovering the secrets of Mercy Island.Great story, lots of colorful detail. Strong characters. Great book!
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  • Johnna Whetstone
    January 1, 1970
    4-5 stars. This was a well written, fast paced story, which was absolutely unputdownable at times! There were some spots I found myself not as engaged, hence the 4-5 stars vs a complete 5 star rating, but overall I did find that this genuinely creepy book provided me with my much loved thrills, chills, and shocks! I think it had an unique locality, original and realistic premise, and enough creepy feelings to really keep you on the edge of your seat! I recommend to those who enjoy good, atmosphe 4-5 stars. This was a well written, fast paced story, which was absolutely unputdownable at times! There were some spots I found myself not as engaged, hence the 4-5 stars vs a complete 5 star rating, but overall I did find that this genuinely creepy book provided me with my much loved thrills, chills, and shocks! I think it had an unique locality, original and realistic premise, and enough creepy feelings to really keep you on the edge of your seat! I recommend to those who enjoy good, atmospheric thrillers in the more YA area. Will make sure to buzz it up on all the different platforms, and use my low Amazon reviewer number on release date!
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  • Beck
    January 1, 1970
    What a creepy book!I honestly felt like I should have been reading this book in October, rather than in April. Oh well! I think it's always a good time for some creepiness. At least, for me, I appreciate chilling books.When Julie Weathers accepts a job in a one room school house, on a remote island in Maine, she had no idea what was waiting for her there. The house begins to feel a little too isolated.. and is there something funny about the people who inhabit it? Or is that just Julie's imagina What a creepy book!I honestly felt like I should have been reading this book in October, rather than in April. Oh well! I think it's always a good time for some creepiness. At least, for me, I appreciate chilling books.When Julie Weathers accepts a job in a one room school house, on a remote island in Maine, she had no idea what was waiting for her there. The house begins to feel a little too isolated.. and is there something funny about the people who inhabit it? Or is that just Julie's imagination? Maybe things are getting a bit too real.. and a bit too claustrophobic.If you like spine-tingly books.. than this is definitely for you!
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  • Jamie Trauth
    January 1, 1970
    This was an excellent novel about a woman who is losing life. Her world is falling apart. In trying to get a grip she applies for a teaching position on a remote island, run by a family with many secrets of their own. This book reminds me of Shutter Island. I was rooting for the Protagonist all the way to the end. I couldn’t put this book down. I started it at 10 pm and by 2 am I was yelling into the pillow OMG! Secrets and lies makes for an amazing story. Jenny Milchmen did a perfect job.*Thank This was an excellent novel about a woman who is losing life. Her world is falling apart. In trying to get a grip she applies for a teaching position on a remote island, run by a family with many secrets of their own. This book reminds me of Shutter Island. I was rooting for the Protagonist all the way to the end. I couldn’t put this book down. I started it at 10 pm and by 2 am I was yelling into the pillow OMG! Secrets and lies makes for an amazing story. Jenny Milchmen did a perfect job.*Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange of my honest review.
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  • Crystal Steele
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoy Jenny Milchman's novels and I was really excited to get this ARC as it's been awhile since her last one came out. The Second Mother follows Julie, a former teacher who recently lost her little baby girl and is not coping well. After accepting a position as a teacher on a remote island in Maine, she realizes there is something not quite right on Mercy. This book was definitely a page turner. I couldn't hardly put it down. My only criticism is that the end was rather abrupt. I would I really enjoy Jenny Milchman's novels and I was really excited to get this ARC as it's been awhile since her last one came out. The Second Mother follows Julie, a former teacher who recently lost her little baby girl and is not coping well. After accepting a position as a teacher on a remote island in Maine, she realizes there is something not quite right on Mercy. This book was definitely a page turner. I couldn't hardly put it down. My only criticism is that the end was rather abrupt. I would have enjoyed an epilogue to tie up the story a little better. Otherwise it was a really great read.Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for the ARC
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  • Betsy
    January 1, 1970
    Although I received a copy of this e-book in exchange for a review, all opinions remain my own. This book was so crazy! It left me guessing the entire time! A bit on the creepy side for me, left me wishing I wasn't reading it right before bed, but it wasn't too bad. No nightmares from this scardy cat. I felt the characters to be real enough (though the main character's battle with alcohol was too easily dropped in my opinion...)Overall I think this book is amazing. I would read it again and prob Although I received a copy of this e-book in exchange for a review, all opinions remain my own. This book was so crazy! It left me guessing the entire time! A bit on the creepy side for me, left me wishing I wasn't reading it right before bed, but it wasn't too bad. No nightmares from this scardy cat. I felt the characters to be real enough (though the main character's battle with alcohol was too easily dropped in my opinion...)Overall I think this book is amazing. I would read it again and probably would read something else by this same author.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    So many things attracted me to this book.#1) That cover. I mean, look at it! It pops.#2) The setting...coastal Maine. Yes!#3) Woman escaping her past. I am a sucker for a backstory + a reinvention storyAll that being said, I really liked this book. Small towns have a lot of small town history and our protagonist runs up against that in this book. The pacing was a little inconsistent and I wish it had been more suspenseful, but the writing was solid and the ending was good.
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  • Annie Cohen
    January 1, 1970
    Ok. I was so into this book. I was invested in the characters The climax was beautiful. But the end? First let me say the ending was great. I loved how the story came to a full circle, but it just felt so abrupt. Like I felt if this was in real life I would have googled what happened to the characters after the fact. All in all though-great book! Thank you NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    I've enjoyed Milchman's books in the past, so I was excited to receive an advance copy from NetGalley. Milchman knows how to weave a story and keep the reader engaged. This one has an intriguing setting on a remote island in Maine and the characters and side stories of their lives are also interesting. Readers will be cheering for the main character and how she fights her own battles with herself and others.
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  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    The Second Mother is the latest story by Jenny Milchman. True to form, Ms Milchman gives the reader a page turner that is difficult to put down. The Second Mother takes place on an island in Maine and with the descriptions given I could not only picture this island, but felt like I was smelling the salt water. Fair warning, there may be a few tears. I want to thank Net Galley and Sourcebooks for an early copy to review.
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  • Mickey
    January 1, 1970
    TW - Child loss, alcoholism, suicideI actually really enjoyed this book. It was full of twists; some predictable and some not so much. The story was well written and I found it a quick, easy read. I loved the main character, but I have to say I loved her dog even more. The two of them were the perfect duo and made me continue reading, hoping that all would be well in the end. Thank you NetGalley for allowing my the opportunity to review this book.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely love this book. Basically to me it was about change and how difficult it can be. It’s a challenge to adjust to if you ever can. It’s about a mother trying to adjust to the loss of her baby. Finding a new job in a new place. There are undercurrent Brewing. Page turner for me. Excellent thriller
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  • Mary Grant
    January 1, 1970
    A book about the struggle to define our place in the world, how our past defines our future, and every person's quest for autonomy in the face of the need to survive the daily pressures of life. Julie is a charming and plucky heroine who won't quit til she solves the compelling mysteries of Mercy Island.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    This book was more than I expected. The author’s writing style was fantastic and the story blended together elements of mystery, romance, and literature. Really an interesting story with an intriguing setting.
  • Hillary
    January 1, 1970
    I warmed up to it eventually, but the author kept doing this thing where she separated the main character and her dog, implying that the sweet beastie would be hurt (though, spoiler alert: He wasn't). I'm all for a good jump scare or a cliffhanger chapter ending, but this was a bridge too far.
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  • Stacy
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced reader copy of The Second Mother by Jenny Milchman in exchange for an honest review. The main character, Julie, is losing her marriage due the loss of their only child. On a whim, Julie applies and accepts a teaching position on a remote island that is "ruled" by the Hempstead family. This writing focuses a lot on the description of the island and the ways of seafarers. The book moves along at a good pace for the most part, and the reader really questions Julie's mental st I received an advanced reader copy of The Second Mother by Jenny Milchman in exchange for an honest review. The main character, Julie, is losing her marriage due the loss of their only child. On a whim, Julie applies and accepts a teaching position on a remote island that is "ruled" by the Hempstead family. This writing focuses a lot on the description of the island and the ways of seafarers. The book moves along at a good pace for the most part, and the reader really questions Julie's mental state and who is trying to mess with her. Is Peter an innocent child or a devious monster? You'll have to read The Second Mother to find out.
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  • Morgan Schulman
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review This one was pretty twisty- some more obvious than others but still an enjoyable ride. You really do you fall in love with the main female character. Solid four
  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    This book was just too slow for me. It takes forever to get to the point and nothing really even happens for the length of it.
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