Published December 24th 2016
When Fig Coxbury buys a house on West Barrett Street, it's not because she likes the neighborhood, or even because she likes the house. It's because everything she desires is next door: The husband, the child, and the life that belongs to someone else.
I don't even... hmm okay all I can say for now is Tarryn Fisher deserves her own genre category possibly someone like 'twisted reality'... IDK... in other words she stands alone.
Bad Mommy is yet another example of why I enjoy reading Tarryn Fisher’s novels. You never know what emotional and psychological experience she has in store for you. Going in blind and coming out spent is pretty much my constant experience with her, which is something I quite enjoy!
In this novel, we come across three characters that tell their story in the most unforgettable way. You have Fig Coxbury who kicks off this twisted tale with her obsession to take over Jolene Avery’s life. Fig is fixated on Jolene’s daughter Mercy and is convinced that is her child. When she goes so far as to moving in next door to the Averys, things become even more twisted and dark. Jolene and Darias appear to have the perfect marriage, but when their story unfolds, as the old adage goes… ‘nothing is never quite as it seems’becomes the theme of this story. Add on secondary characters such as George and Ryan, and you never lose sight that Bad Mommy has so many twists and turns to enjoy.
Overall, this novel captivated me. I loved the gritty feel to it that had me constantly asking… “How far are these characters willing to go?” I don’t think I’ve ever met a cast quite as twisted and extreme as Fig, Darias and Jolene.
Tarryn Fisher is bold with her writing and honest with her delivery. Experiencing her storytelling as a complicit bystander is the best fictional experience one can ask for. Just be prepared to go on a journey where Fisher has full control of your emotions and psyche. Intense!