on December 24, 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.
Jaw meet floor.
Above was my reaction throughout reading Bad Mommy.
I don’t honestly know what to say about this book besides READ IT. It’s a book that will scare the f@ck out of you. It will make you second guess everything. It will make you gasp. It will keep you from working (well at least me). “WTF” was on constant repeat in my mind while reading this book. I kept thinking it couldn’t actually get any crazier…and yet it did.
When I was younger I watched Single White Female. It was one of the most frightening movies and still gives me shivers when thinking back to it. This book is slightly similar but has a more sinister twist.
It’s been said that imitation is the best form of flattery…but when does it border on something scarier?
“You have to voice your thoughts so you can know you’re not the only one who’s fucked up.”
The reader is introduced to Fig and right away you can tell that she is a passenger on the Crazy Train. Fig is completely fixated on Jolene and her daughter, Mercy. It borders on obsession when she buys the house next door to her. Quite easily she immerses herself into Jolene’s life and starts to mimic Jolene in every way. She has convinced herself that not only does Jolene not deserve her daughter (dubbing her Bad Mommy) but also doesn’t think she’s good enough for her husband, Darius.
Because this story is told in three different POVs, you almost get three different stories. Fig’s is pure craziness and obsession. She will make your skin crawl a little bit but yet you will become completely engrossed by her. Then there is Darius, Jolene’s husband. His POV? I don’t know, I almost found his to be the most sick yet I think it was my favorite. He’s a psychiatrist who possibly is the most messed up of all of them. And maybe after reading this book he needs to take me on as a patient. Is it strange I almost found him a bit hot? Yeah, I might need a shrink to diagnose that issue. Then lastly there is Jolene. Jolene’s POV almost broke my heart a little as her life and the people in it are completely messed up.
“I can make you part of something great and beautiful and still portray you as the ugly thing you are.”
Is this a romance you ask? No, it really isn’t. It’s a hot mess of characters that will have you chomping at the bit while sitting on the edge of your seat. I would clarify this more as an addictive thriller that you won’t be able to get enough of. You will be thinking about it for a long time and will most likely want to reread it to make sure you got all the twists and turns.