Saturday, January 23, 2021

BLOG TOUR - The Other Mothers


It’s a crisp spring morning when the small-town community around Briar Ridge Elementary School is shattered by devastating news. Bright and shy five-year-old Nicole has disappeared at playtime.

Nicole’s mother, Gia, is lost in her grief. On the same day her baby girl vanished, Gia found out she was pregnant with the sister Nicole had begged for. Gia is also devastated that her best friend Karen was supervising the playground when Nicole was taken. And when Nicole’s body is discovered, Gia can’t help but ask: why didn’t Karen protect her little girl?

Someone knows what happened in school that day and Detective Jo Fournier is determined to find the truth. Jo’s little nieces also attend Briar Ridge and she would cross mountains to keep them safe. As she starts to dig into the mothers’ secrets, she begins to wonder if anyone is telling the truth. Gia’s been hiding a part of herself for years and Jo can tell it’s eating her apart. And Karen is definitely lying—but what is more important than finding the killer of her best friend’s daughter?

As Gia and Karen struggle with their guilt, a teacher at Briar Ridge dies in what looks like a tragic accident. But with two deaths in such a short time, Jo knows better than that. In this school, where soccer moms flock to the gates with cookies for teachers, someone is willing to kill to keep a secret. The only question is who.

A completely addictive thriller that will not let you go until you turn the last heart-thumping page! Perfect for fans of Gregg Olsen, Christopher Greyson and Teresa Driscoll.


Title:   The Other Mothers
:  M.M. Chouinard
Series:  Detective Jo Fournier #4
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Mystery/Thrillers
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   336
Date of Publication:   January 20, 2021
My Rating:   4 Stars

Detective Jo Fournier has a very difficult case ahead of her. At first she is called to an exclusive elementary school when five-year-old Nicole has disappeared. Sadly, Nicole‘s body as soon found. As Jo begins to delve into the case, one of the first people that she speaks to his Nicole‘s mother, Gia. Sadly Gia has not only lost a daughter, she discovers that she is pregnant and now knows that Nicole will never have the chance of possibly having a baby sister.

Gia and other mothers volunteered at the school, and one of them was her best friend Karen who was the supervisor at the playground on the day that Nicole disappeared. Quite naturally, friction exists between the two women at the loss of Nicole while Karen was at the playground.

It doesn't take Jo long to realize that someone knows what is going on. What’s more than evident is that someone is lying. As the story develops certain things are revealed about specific characters in this book. The book takes surprising twist and turns as these facts are slowly revealed. To make all matters worse, one of the teachers at the school suddenly dies. Why has a child and now a teacher lost their lives?

I have read many thrillers over the years and always at least one surprising twist to come into play. However I will say, without a single spoiler, that the twist in this book I could never ever have expected. I have been thoroughly enjoying this series and this book, The Other Mothers, is truly an excellent read.

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


M.M. Chouinard's first fiction story was published in her local paper when she was eight, and she fell in love with Agatha Christie novels not long after. While pursuing a Ph.D in psychology and helping to found the first U.S. research university of the new millennium, the stories kept rattling around inside her skull, demanding to come out. For sanity's sake, she released them. She's currently at work on her next novel.

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